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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is “Election Fraud” God’s Will?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 03-22-2021 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: “The truth does not support this statement, ‘pretty strong evidence there was significant...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Help! My Husband Wants to Watch Me Have Sex With a Woman!

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 03-15-2021 under OPINION

“Christine” writes: “I am praying for help and answers to keep my marriage. My husband and I have only been married 7 months and he wants me to have sex with a woman and watch. I am more outgoing than he is but am not comfortable...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Do Animals Have Souls?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 03-08-2021 under OPINION

Linda Knieriemen, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Holland, responds: “Christian scripture doesn’t weight in on this directly but indirectly I can deduce that yes, animals will have some sort of afterlife. In the early...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is your religion based on Dogma?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 03-01-2021 under OPINION

Connor writes, “A word that often is used to describe religious teachings is ‘dogma.’ It's interesting that I tend to hear this word used in a pejorative sense so much of the time, as when someone is described as...

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Passing the Mic: Kaufman Interfaith Institute's Allison Egrin answers, "What tenet of your faith tradition most stands out to you right now?"

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 02-24-2021 under VOICES

Brett Townsend, Community Services Specialist at Community Media Center, asks leaders or practitioners in Grand Rapids faith communities: "What tenet of your religious or spiritual tradition most stands out to you right now?" Allison...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What is the different between Happiness and Joy?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-22-2021 under OPINION

Janet H. asks, “The recent column on happiness/unhappiness prompts a further question: Is it happiness humans need, or is it joy? Happiness is fleeting, episodic, emotional.  Joy on the other hand is an internal baseline which can coexist...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What is Wisdom Literature?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-16-2021 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: “This question is at the very heart of understanding Unitarian Universalism. We are a faith that draws...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What is Our Role in God's Plan?

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-08-2021 under OPINION

Note from Rabbi Krishef: Have a question that invites responses from our interfaith panel of clergy? Come across an ethical dilemma lately? Ethics and Religion Talk needs your questions! Send them to me at [email protected] The Rev....

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How to Counsel a Person Seeking Death, part 2

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 02-01-2021 under OPINION

We began addressing this topic in last week’s column. Here are three additional responses. Linda Knieriemen, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Holland, responds: “My counsel varies with the particular circumstance. It’s...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How to Counsel a Person Seeking Death, part 1

by (Rabbi David J.B...)

Submitted 01-25-2021 under OPINION

Father Kevin Niehoff, O.P., a Dominican priest who serves as Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Grand Rapids, responds: “This question is complex. What is not known is if the author is referring to euthanasia or the decision to ‘discontinue...

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