Pamela Schaeffer is an independent writer and editor in St. Louis, with more than 35 years full-time work as a journalist specializing in religion. Her experience includes editorial roles at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Religion News Service, the Society of the Sacred Heart, Catholic Health Association and National Catholic Reporter, where she is a former managing editor. She holds a doctorate in historical theology from St. Louis University.

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The rise of hope and a desire to change after Michael Brown's death

Commentary: We need everyone, men and women of all races, to stand together as we address the problems that most of us could recite in our sleep