Paul A. Long

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,…

Public transportation and communities in need

For most people, daily routines revolve around the ability to travel. Typically, decisions about transportation are relatively easy, simply requirin6g a person to jump in the car or walk down the street. For others, especially those without a car or with limited access to public transit, travel decisions are much more difficult. Lack of transportation…

Practicing mercy in the state budget

This Year of Mercy is an opportunity to reflect on the teachings of Jesus, emphasizing the importance of serving others with compassion. In Matthew 25:40, Jesus says to his disciples, “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” His teaching has wide implications, as each person has a…