ethics

Ethics and Religion Talk: What is the different between Happiness and Joy?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-22-2021 under OPINION

Janet H. asks, “The recent column on happiness/unhappiness prompts a further question: Is it happiness humans need, or is it joy? Happiness is fleeting, episodic, emotional.  Joy on the other hand is an internal baseline which can coexist...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What is Wisdom Literature?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-16-2021 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: “This question is at the very heart of understanding Unitarian Universalism. We are a faith that draws...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What is Our Role in God's Plan?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-08-2021 under OPINION

Note from Rabbi Krishef: Have a question that invites responses from our interfaith panel of clergy? Come across an ethical dilemma lately? Ethics and Religion Talk needs your questions! Send them to me at [email protected] The Rev....

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How to Counsel a Person Seeking Death, part 2

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-01-2021 under OPINION

We began addressing this topic in last week’s column. Here are three additional responses. Linda Knieriemen, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Holland, responds: “My counsel varies with the particular circumstance. It’s...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How to Counsel a Person Seeking Death, part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-25-2021 under OPINION

Father Kevin Niehoff, O.P., a Dominican priest who serves as Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Grand Rapids, responds: “This question is complex. What is not known is if the author is referring to euthanasia or the decision to ‘discontinue...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Church and Politics

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-18-2021 under OPINION

Note from Rabbi Krishef: The Rev. Steven Manskar, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, wrote the following essay prior to last November’s election day, reflecting on a Christian’s responsibility to vote. We’re...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is it a Contradiction to be both Pro-Life and Pro-Gun?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-11-2021 under OPINION

Father Michael Nasser, who writes from an Eastern Christian perspective and is Pastor of St. Nicholas Orthodox Christian Church, responds: “If the ‘pro-gun’ sign was placed to show support for policies which encourage the baseless...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Do You Prevent Clergy Burnout?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-04-2021 under OPINION

Linda Knieriemen, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Holland, responds: “I’ve experienced what I’d call clergy fatigue but not complete burnout. Yes, exhaustion, depression, depletion of spiritual reserves is common...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Why Do So Many People Seem Unhappy?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-28-2020 under OPINION

Rev. Ray Lanning, a retired minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, responds: “Presbyterianism teaches that everyone who sins against God’s law ‘is bound over to the wrath of God, and curse of the law, and so...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Why Do So Many People Need to Believe in Hell?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 12-21-2020 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: “Unitarian Universalists, as a general rule do not need to confirm the existence of heaven or hell....

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