The Word from Lansing

Public policy in our state from the Michigan Catholic Conference

Love and peace in the midst of violence


In response to increasing acts of violence, Americans witness and experience a range of emotions. Fear, sadness, anger and mistrust are strongly felt in communities across the country. Each time news emerges of another shooting, whether against law enforcement officers or against civilians, we struggle to process what happened and how to respond. In July,…

Just governance: A lesson in loving our neighbors

Participants listen to a speaker during the Just Governance Forum at Asia Plateau in Panchgani, India, which was attended by the Michigan Catholic Conference.

Courtesy of Michigan Catholic Conference

In the Gospel, Jesus tells his followers to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31). This passage calls us to recognize that we are part of the larger human family, a family that exists beyond geographic and political boundaries. Walking across a plateau in Panchgani, India, almost 8,000 miles away from home, I felt this…