The Rapidian

Opinion

 

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

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?

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?

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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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Does Religion Spread?

Submitted 07-06-2020 under OPINION

Fred Stella, the Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple, responds: “When someone thinks of a Hindu they often visualize an Indian. And for the most part they are correct.  The reason that Hinduism is not as...

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Can You Find Hope in a Small Town?

Submitted 07-02-2020 under OPINION

I hate small towns. I understand that’s not a great place to start, given my audience, but it’s important for me to be real. When I moved here for college I expected my stint to be temporary and unattached. Allendale represented...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Are those who took own life resurrected?

Submitted 06-29-2020 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: “The Universalist part of our faith believes in universal salvation, no one would ever be denied...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What is the place of Religious Institutions in Society?

Submitted 06-22-2020 under OPINION

Rev. Ray Lanning, a retired minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, responds: “Presbyterianism teaches that ‘the visible church … consists of all those throughout the world that profess the true religion,...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Which Religion is the most correct?

Submitted 06-15-2020 under OPINION

Fred Stella, the Pracharak (Outreach Minister) for the West Michigan Hindu Temple, responds: “Well, in reality how would anyone really know? I can say that there is a built-in humility in Hinduism (but by no means are all Hindus humble!) that...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Does Atonement Work?

Submitted 06-08-2020 under OPINION

The Reverend Colleen Squires, minister at All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, responds: “We must own our mistakes without excuses. We need to offer an apology to those we have harmed. We...

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Can we have both Justice and Peace?

Submitted 06-01-2020 under OPINION

My tradition teaches, Tzedek, Tzedek, Tirdof, “Justice, justice, shall you pursue!” Police officers who violate the boundaries of their training when using deadly force and cause injury or death should be prosecuted. Former police...

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