The Rapidian


57th traditional Pow Wow to take place September 8-9 at Riverside Park

Submitted 08-28-2018 under NONPROFITS

The Grand Valley American Indian Lodge invites the community to the 57th Traditional Pow Wow. Whether it is your first time at a pow wow or your tenth, you will enjoy the excitement, the color, the dancing, drumming, crafts and food!


Ethics and Religion Talk: Is the serpent in the Garden of Eden real?

Submitted 08-27-2018 under OPINION

Elisa asks, Did the supposed serpent in the supposed Garden of Eden have fangs? If so, why? If not, why not?


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

Submitted 08-20-2018 under OPINION

The previous and the current presidential administrations have drawn sharp criticism from the pulpit for positions the president has taken. When is it appropriate for clergy to take a stand on government policies?


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

Submitted 08-13-2018 under OPINION

Jim E. asks, Most church buildings are older with lots of stairs. What ethical obligation does a church or house of worship have to be accessible to all visitors? At what cost?


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

Submitted 08-06-2018 under OPINION

Bob F. asks, I see some clergy publicly criticizing the government's separating families at the border. Other clergy have remained silent on this issue. On this issue, how do you as a member of the clergy decide whether to take a public stand or remain silent?


Ethics and Religion Talk: How to show respect to elders

Submitted 07-30-2018 under OPINION

What is the proper way to show respect for elders? Of course, things like giving up a seat on a bus and holding a door are respectful, but what else?


Ethics and Religion Talk: Returning a stolen mug

Submitted 07-23-2018 under OPINION

Kay writes: I work at a facility that serves seniors. A client left a fancy insulated travel coffee mug by accident. The client was upset that he lost it and asked if we had found it. I had seen it on the lost and found shelf, but when I went to get it, it was not there.


Ethics and Religion Talk: Psychological counseling vs. spiritual counseling

Submitted 07-16-2018 under OPINION

A reader asks, A past column addressed the question of clergy engaging in psychological counseling, and the panel was in agreement that clergy may offer spiritual or pastoral counseling, but should not offer psychological therapy unless they are specifically trained and licensed.


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

Submitted 07-09-2018 under OPINION

A reader asks, What steps must I take to fully atone for sin? Is it true that a blood sacrifice is required by the Bible?


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

Submitted 07-02-2018 under OPINION

Richard J. asks, What does it mean when theologians say, "we are made in the image of God"? Does it mean we look like God?