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From Fear to Gratitude, Michael Shares His Recovery Journey

Submitted 09-21-2021 under NONPROFITS

Michael's addiction started out with a prescription he received for pain pills. By January 2021 he was spending $500/week on heroin and soon found himself homeless. He came to Guiding Light seeking a the means to break the cycle of addiction and live differently.

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You Can't Get sober Without God: Missions Intersect for Rev. Tim Wilson

Submitted 09-21-2021 under NONPROFITS

“A man came up to me and said, ‘I can’t stop drinking; I’m drunk right now and my wife is looking at us,’” Rev. Wilson remembered. “I learned that they had spent more than $100,000 on rehab in the past. We told him about the good people of Guiding Light and he agreed to go."

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Why Have I miscarried?

Submitted 09-20-2021 under OPINION

Jeff asks for a reaction to the following story: “A young woman has been living with her boyfriend for at least a year.... She conceives. Though they weren't looking to have a child, they knew at some point they would and value the pregnancy. Sadly, she experiences a miscarriage.

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Cookies, Plaster Creek and a Big Dream

Submitted 09-14-2021 under NONPROFITS

We love to share stories of how our Grand Rapids Climate Witness Project partners are creatively working for creation care in our city! This story is from Stacey DeVries of how God used her young son’s big ambitions for investing in the clean-up of Plaster Creek.

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Circle Theatre Enters The Age of Aquarius With Hair

Submitted 09-13-2021 under OPINION

Circle Theatre lavishes talent and energy on Hair, resulting in strong individual performances, and a few good songs, but not a coherent story.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Religion can do Horrible Things

Submitted 09-13-2021 under OPINION

Connor asks, “What is the worst thing that has ever been done in the name of your religious tradition?”

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What is the Role of Clergy?

Submitted 09-07-2021 under OPINION

D. Patel asks, “What are duties of the priest/minister and of the devotees? what is relationship between priest and devotee? What do the priest and devotees do inside the place of worship in your religion?”

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Ethics and Religion Talk: According to Your Tradition, What is the Worst Sin?

Submitted 08-30-2021 under OPINION

Connor asks, "What is the worst sin, in the opinion of your religious tradition?"

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Faith, Transparency, Compassion and Gratitude: A Profile of Starla McDermott

Submitted 08-25-2021 under NONPROFITS

Starla McDermott is the Development Director for the Grand Rapids-based non-profit organization Guiding Light. The journey to where she is today has not been easy nor direct. Having persevered she has been humbled and is determined to help others overcome their struggles.

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Guiding Light Helps Tim Build a Sober Life After Losing it All

Submitted 08-25-2021 under NONPROFITS

Tim has been struggling with alcoholism for decades. Despite managing to stay sober for 8 years, through which he achieved the dream of "the house and the picket fence" he found himself drinking again after the economy crashed.

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