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Ethics and Religion Talk: Who am I?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-14-2020 under OPINION

Father Kevin Niehoff, O.P., a Dominican priest who serves as Adjutant Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Grand Rapids, responds: “Yes! Because these questions are all variations of the same. In the Catholic tradition, ‘humans are creatures...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Spiritual Practices for a Pandemic

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 09-08-2020 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: “I have two consistent daily practices that help center me. During my morning cup of coffee, I take...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Does Your Tradition Support the Separation Between Church and State? part 2

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 08-31-2020 under OPINION

This is the second set of responses to a question we began answering last month. Rev. Ray Lanning, a retired minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, responds: “Scottish Presbyterianism has long​ promoted the ideal of...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is Proof of God Important?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 08-24-2020 under OPINION

"Why do most religions conclude that there is an a priori need to identify and prove God before considering the strong evidence coming to us through psychical research and consciousness studies that consciousness survives death? We...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What Scripture Upholds Your Faith's Teaching on Abortion? part 2

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 08-17-2020 under OPINION

This week, we offer responses that are opposed to a right to choose abortion. But the line between pro-choice and anti-abortion is not clear. As the Reverend Linda Knieriemen wrote last week, she is “anti-abortion yet pro-choice.” My...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What Scripture Upholds Your Faith's Teaching on Abortion? part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 08-10-2020 under OPINION

In 2013, this column has address the question of abortion. We are revisiting the question for two reasons. First, the composition of the panel (other than myself) has completely changed. Other than me, there is no one on the panel from our first...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Does Your Tradition Support the Separation Between Church and State? part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 08-03-2020 under OPINION

Taylor’s question elicited responses from nearly every member of the Ethics and Religion Talk panel. We’ll open our ninth year of the column this week with half of the panel’s responses. Watch for the other half at the beginning of...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What did Clergy do during the Pandemic?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 07-27-2020 under OPINION

The Rev. Rachel J. Bahr, pastor of Plymouth UCC, responds: “I’ve learned an incredible amount about digital film production and editing. The value of a good mic, and green screen. As many went down the sourdough starter hole, I’ve...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What are the Benefits of Religion?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 07-20-2020 under OPINION

Fred Stella, the Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple, responds: “Having a spiritual life has many wonderful benefits for those who seek the transcendent in community. But for those who are secular minded, many of...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is God Calling Out To You?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 07-13-2020 under OPINION

God uses common vessels to deliver uncommon messages. In 1 Samuel chapter three, we read about a boy whom God called to deliver a very important message in his generation. Eli, the priest of the story, was not living according to his calling. He had...

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