ethics

Ethics and Religion Talk: Should Judges be Involved in Local or National Politics?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 05-30-2023 under OPINION

Fred Stella, the Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple, responds: We are experiencing a significant moment in our history now. Before now, many of the electorate seemed to be quite uninterested in who warmed the many...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should the Audubon Society Change its Name?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 05-22-2023 under OPINION

“Audubon” is a household name associated with protecting birds. The moniker is synonymous with the avian conservation movement, and yet some local chapters had urged for a name change, saying the association with Audubon...

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Ethics and Religion Talk

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 05-15-2023 under OPINION

Many companies wish to go in the direction of ESG (Environment Social Governance). This movement encourages businesses to take more things into consideration that the bottom line of profit. Many politicians are attempting to punish those...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Does Theology Need Philosophy and Psychology?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 05-08-2023 under OPINION

Fred Stella, the Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple, responds: I can’t imagine how it can. I don’t even know how theology can exist without acknowledgement that psychology and philosophy are inherent in it....

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Ethics and Religion Talk: The Difference Between Welcoming and Inclusive

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 05-01-2023 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: I completely agree, unless each person is given full access to all rites of passages or membership then it...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Beware of Entering Debates on Religion!

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 04-24-2023 under OPINION

Linda Knieriemen, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Holland, responds: Discussing religious difference brings out the worst in humans unless there are ground rules— implied or concrete. Just today I was in a situation where I had...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is the Death Penalty Ethical?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 04-17-2023 under OPINION

Rev. Salvatore Sapienza, the Senior Pastor at Douglas Congregational United Church of Christ in Saugatuck/Douglas, responds: More than 30 years ago, the World Council of Churches declared their overwhelming opposition to the death penalty. In no...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Do Dress Codes Discriminate Against Women?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 04-10-2023 under OPINION

Males and females are biologically different and our culture is in generally agreement that the male chest is a non-private area but the female chest is a private area. Recently, the Missouri House decided to adopt a stricter dress code for women....

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Do You Help People Who Have a Pattern of Making Poor Decisions?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 04-03-2023 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: I am obligated to try to help them. Sometimes that help is guiding them to counseling or support groups....

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Where do Sermons Come From?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 03-27-2023 under OPINION

Rev. Salvatore Sapienza, the Senior Pastor at Douglas Congregational United Church of Christ in Saugatuck/Douglas, responds: I do not plan my sermons weeks in advance. Rather, I begin composing them just a few days prior to Sunday. Every Monday...

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