Racism

Ethics and Religion Talk: Is Religion a Force Against Racism?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 08-16-2021 under OPINION

This week, we address a second way to read a question submitted by Victoria and addressed last week, regarding religion and racism. Despite religion’s flaws which contributed to racism, as last week’s responses addressed, religion has...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Has Religion Supported Racism?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 08-09-2021 under OPINION

Victoria posed a most interesting question due to its ambiguity: “How do you think organized religion has advanced racism in today's society?” It was not clear to me whether she was asking how religion has been a...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How do you Respond to Racism?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 10-26-2020 under OPINION

The Rev. Sandra Nikkel, head pastor of Conklin Reformed Church, responds: “I am a Hispanic American who pastors a 100% white congregation and I have never experienced racism in my congregation. The love, respect, and care that I...

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Human trafficking in Grand Rapids continues amid pandemic

by (Brett)

Submitted 07-10-2020 under LOCAL LIFE

As Grand Rapidians and Americans continue openly confronting the issues of COVID-19 and systemic racism, the issue of human trafficking lingers on behind the scenes. It’s an issue not disconnected from the pandemic’s impacts or centuries...

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Struggling with Racism on the Fourth of July

by (Kaufman Interfa...)

Submitted 07-10-2020 under NONPROFITS

Written by Doug Kindschi, Director, Kaufman Interfaith Institute I am writing this week’s column on the Fourth of July, not in a big crowd watching fireworks, but quietly reflecting on our country, its history – both the good and the bad...

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Faith communities call for racial justice: A Jewish reflection

by (Kaufman Interfa...)

Submitted 06-19-2020 under NONPROFITS

Note from Douglas Kindschi, Director Faith communities from Minneapolis to Washington to the Vatican have joined the chorus responding to the protests with calls for racial justice.  Evangelical responses in Minneapolis included helping in...

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Amid racism and protests, can we find hope?

by (Kaufman Interfa...)

Submitted 06-12-2020 under NONPROFITS

Racial justice is certainly the critical issue we face today.  The pandemic of racial injustice has even pushed aside the coronavirus pandemic. The murder of George Floyd and the worldwide response has brought this issue again to our...

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Love in a Time of Pandemic

by (Kaufman Interfa...)

Submitted 05-15-2020 under NONPROFITS

We welcome back Kelly Clark, as we continue our series from the Kaufman Interfaith Institute staff. Kelly has led grant-funded international projects developing interfaith conferences and writing with contributions from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim...

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Does the Grand Rapids Police Officers Association contract promote police officer misconduct?

by (Lyonel LaGrone II)

Submitted 12-18-2018 under OPINION

A citizen-based analysis of the current state of police-community relations in the City of Grand Rapids has revealed a consistent narrative: there is a clear resistance from the GRPD to accept accountability.   The pattern in practice of GRPD...

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Concerned community members speak at Kent County Commission Public Comment

by (Movimiento Cose...)

Submitted 10-12-2018 under NONPROFITS

After over three months of appeals to the Sheriff and the Kent County Commissioners, there has been no action by Kent County’s elected officials to end the unnecessary and violent contract with ICE.   GR Rapid Response to ICE receives...

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