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Ethics and Religion Talk: When should clergy criticize policies of the government?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 08-20-2018 under OPINION

Father Kevin Niehoff, O.P., a Dominican priest who serves as Adjutant Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Grand Rapids, responds: “My first question of clarification is regarding the nature of the government policy. Is the policy a moral instruction or...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How important is accessibility to a house of worship?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 08-13-2018 under OPINION

Fred Stella, the Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple, responds: “There are many houses of worship that have great historical value that would require significant retrofitting. One also has to take into account the...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: When should clergy take a stand for or against the policy of family separation?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 08-06-2018 under OPINION

Fred Stella, the Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple, responds: “I am always proud to join my fellow clergy when there is an opportunity to speak out if we can come to a consensus on matters of social justice. I am...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How to show respect to elders

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 07-30-2018 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: “I think valuing their intelligence and advice, seeking their opinion, or asking for their wisdom are...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Returning a stolen mug

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 07-23-2018 under OPINION

Later, I saw one of our physical therapists using it. I mentioned it to our supervisor, whose response was, “He has money, he’ll just buy a new one.” I suggested to the therapist that she return it, and now she is no longer...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Psychological counseling vs. spiritual counseling

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 07-16-2018 under OPINION

"What is the difference between spiritual and psychological counseling?” Father Kevin Niehoff, O.P., a Dominican priest who serves as Adjutant Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Grand Rapids, responds: “Spiritual counseling focuses on...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is blood sacrifice necessary for atonement?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 07-09-2018 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: “Most Unitarian Universalists do not believe in the concept of sin. The Universalist part of our name...

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Ethics and Religion Talk - What does "Image of God" Mean? Part 2

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 07-02-2018 under OPINION

Last week, we saw two Protestant and a Unitarian responses. This week we continue with Orthodox, Catholic, Hindu, and Jewish responses. Father Michael Nasser, who writes from an Eastern Christian perspective and is Pastor of St. Nicholas Orthodox...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What does "Image of God" mean? Part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 06-25-2018 under OPINION

We begin this week with two Protestant responses and a Unitarian for variety. We’ll continue this question next week with Orthodox, Catholic, Hindu, and Jewish responses. Rev. Ray Lanning, a retired minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should religious leaders provide therapy?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 06-18-2018 under OPINION

Notice -- Ethics and Religion Talk needs your questions. Please send questions about ethical issues you have encountered in the course of your day, or Biblical or theological questions that a panel of religious experts can answer from a multi-faith...

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