The Rapidian


Shawmut Hills needs more than great teachers, it needs investment from GRPS

Submitted 05-22-2018 under OPINION

Staff at Shawmut were and are feeling overworked. Inequity has become more glaring as the intensity of needs grow in our community. Families are leaving. With an improved facility and shared Title I dollars, Shawmut Hills will be the vibrant community that it was when I first discovered it.


Beethoven's mighty Ninth Symphony, plus world premiere, bring Grand Rapids Symphony's season to thrilling conclusion

Submitted 05-22-2018 under OPINION

The final concert of the Grand Rapids Symphony's first full season under Marcelo Lehninger was all about Beethoven in a big, thrilling way.


Ethics and Religion Talk: What are your requirements for ordination?

Submitted 05-21-2018 under OPINION

Jim V. asks, What are your education and training requirements for ordination?


Going green in Grand Rapids: Properly disposing of your spring cleaning

Submitted 05-16-2018 under OPINION

When tackling your spring cleaning, it's important to keep the environment top of mind. Learn how to keep Grand Rapids clean when tackling your projects this spring.


Ethics and Religion Talk: How do we fairly allocate our charitable giving between local needs and others?

Submitted 05-14-2018 under OPINION

Linda B. asks, Do we forget those around us struggling in favor of “others” in foreign lands? With limited resources, how do we decide to allocate them — do we allocate those resources to those within our community or to those outside (including those outside our country)?


Coming Soon: Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival Week, June 4-9, 2018

Submitted 05-11-2018 under OPINION

Following the success of the 2017 Festival and other related events, including the February 2018 Lunar New Year Celebration, the Grand Rapids Asian Festival team is bringing a whole week of Asian-Pacific-focused activities to the City.


Ethics and Religion Talk: Guns, violence and pacifism, Part 2

Submitted 05-07-2018 under OPINION

Last week, R. Scot Miller shared a long-form essay on the topic of guns, violence and pacifism. This week, we share three responses.


Ethics and Religion Talk: Guns, violence and pacifism, Part 1

Submitted 04-30-2018 under OPINION

This week, we invite R. Scot Miller, an ordained minister of outreach and education at Common Spirit Church of the Brethren in Grand Rapids, to share a long-form essay on the topic of guns, violence, and pacifism.


Seven lessons of commuting to college from home

Submitted 04-25-2018 under OPINION

You don’t have to follow the expected path to create memories or be independent.


Parent leader Tabitha Williams reflects on Lead Education Day 2018

Submitted 04-24-2018 under NONPROFITS

Tabitha Williams, a leader in the grassroots organization, Parents for Healthy Homes, shares her experience and insights after meeting with state legislators for Lead Education Day in Lansing last week.