The Rapidian


Ethics and Religion Talk: Is it selfish to enjoy our own resources when others are in need?

Submitted 05-29-2018 under OPINION

Lorri R. asks, How much should we give of our time and money to help the less fortunate or in the pursuit of social justice? At what point is it selfish to use our resources for personal enjoyment when there are others in need?


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?


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)?


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.


Ethics and Religion Talk: Holding leaders accountable without judgement

Submitted 04-23-2018 under OPINION

Karla H. wondered, How do we hold people accountable for the things they say and do without judging them? Specifically, how do we hold leaders accountable without judgment?


Abrahamic Dinner offers taste of what's to come during year of Interfaith Friendship

Submitted 04-20-2018 under NEWS

Christian, Muslim, Jewish faith leaders delivered messages to diverse audience over a Mediterranean dinner at the event.


Ethics and Religion Talk: Must one confess past violations of sexual boundaries?

Submitted 04-16-2018 under OPINION

The Rev. Justo Gonzolez asked the Ethics and Religion Talk Panel, Given all the sexual ethics violations, do clergy have an ethical obligation to acknowledge anything that they might have done in the past that could be perceived as violating an inappropriate sexual boundary?


Making Choices Michigan celebrates National Healthcare Decisions Day

Submitted 04-09-2018 under NONPROFITS

Emmy-Award Winning Journalist Cathy Wurzer presents “Convening Community Conversations on Living and Dying,” a special presentation about living as fully as possible in spite of disease and disability


Ethics and Religion Talk: Does tolerance lead to complicity?

Submitted 04-09-2018 under OPINION

Jacob L.H. asked the Ethics and Religion Talk panel, Where is the line between tolerance and complicity? This is Part II of exploring the question.