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Ethics and Religion Talk: What is the "Power of Prayer?", part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 05-17-2021 under OPINION

Here is one set of responses to Mary’s question. A second set will be published next week. The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: “I...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Would God get Mad if I Pass Messages from the "Other Side?"

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 05-10-2021 under OPINION

Father Michael Nasser, who writes from an Eastern Christian perspective and is Pastor of St. Nicholas Orthodox Christian Church, responds: “Seeking and sharing messages from ‘beyond this world’ has always been discouraged in the...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Truth vs. truths

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 05-03-2021 under OPINION

“There are many people today who would advocate for making room for: my truth, your truth, and everyone else's truth. Many of these people would also advocate for making room for God's truth--as an accessory to adorn our lives. This is...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Does the Bible Forbid Cremation

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 04-26-2021 under OPINION

Rev. Ray Lanning, a retired minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, responds: “There is no ‘Biblical take’ on cremation, because the known universal practice of the people of God under both Testaments was to...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should I get the COVID Vaccination?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 04-19-2021 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: “Unitarian Universalists are strong believers in science. Any conversation regarding vaccination would...

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Passing the Mic: Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple's Rev. Yong Su answers, "Has there been any aspect of your faith that you've changed your perspective on over this pandemic?"

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 04-16-2021 under VOICES

Muneeba Khan, Islamic practitioner and member of At-Tawheed Islamic Center, previously asked Grand Rapids faith communities: "Has there been any aspect of your faith that you’ve changed your perspective on over this pandemic time?...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Why is There Evil?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 04-12-2021 under OPINION

Father Kevin Niehoff, O.P., a Dominican priest who serves as Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Grand Rapids, responds: “Remember the creation story where the serpent tempted Eve and Adam in the Garden of Eden? Evil has been present since shortly...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Help! My Supervisor is Evil!

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 04-05-2021 under OPINION

Lisa L. asks, “I have just been fired from my job at a small company. I believe in the mission of the company and most of the employees are good people, but my direct supervisor made my life a living hell and I have a stack of emails and other...

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Passing the Mic: At-Tawheed Islamic Center's Muneeba Khan answers, "What aspect of your tradition has been the most difficult within the last year?"

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 03-30-2021 under VOICES

Allison Egrin, Jewish practitioner and Program Assistant at Kaufman Interfaith Institute, previously asked Grand Rapids faith communities: "What aspect of your tradition has been the most difficult or taxing within the last year?"...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Do You Identify the Messiah?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 03-29-2021 under OPINION

Joseph P. asks, “For Christians, Jesus is the Messiah promised in the book of Genesis in the Old Testament.  I was wondering if any other religions (Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, etc.) are anticipating the appearance of a Messiah...

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