The Rapidian


Allen's Story and God's Irony

Submitted 01-28-2021 under NONPROFITS

Allen, a Guiding Light Recovery client and the nonprofit's kitchen director, shares his journey recovering from decades of alcoholism and drug addiction.


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

Submitted 01-25-2021 under OPINION

Margo H. asks, “If a parishioner wants to let go of living, how do you counsel them? Is there ever a case in your faith when you can support them spiritually in seeking death?”


Ethics and Religion Talk: Church and Politics

Submitted 01-18-2021 under OPINION

The Rev. Steven Manskar, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, wrote the following essay prior to last November’s election day, reflecting on a Christian’s responsibility to vote.


Ethics and Religion Talk: Is it a Contradiction to be both Pro-Life and Pro-Gun?

Submitted 01-11-2021 under OPINION

Arthur L. asks, “My neighbor has a pro life sign and a pro gun sign on their front lawn. This feels like a contradiction. Are these two beliefs in conflict?”


Passing the Mic: Neighbors of Belknap Lookout answers, "How are you making sure you're engaging with the full diversity of your neighborhood?"

Submitted 01-07-2021 under VOICES

Elianna Bootzin from Neighbors of Belknap Lookout responds to King Park Neighbors' Shelby Garbini.


Ethics and Religion Talk: How Do You Prevent Clergy Burnout?

Submitted 01-04-2021 under OPINION

Sarah M. asks, “I keep reading about clergy burn-out. Have you ever experienced that? Does your religion or denomination take any preventative measures to guard against it?”


Guiding Light Welcomes Kyle Hinton to Board of Directors

Submitted 01-04-2021 under NONPROFITS

Guiding Light welcomes Kyle Hinton, a licensed marriage and family therapist, to its board of directors.


Ethics and Religion Talk: Why Do So Many People Seem Unhappy?

Submitted 12-28-2020 under OPINION

Why do so many people seem so unhappy much of the time?


Guiding Light Receives $20,000 Grant from SpartanNash Foundation

Submitted 12-28-2020 under NONPROFITS

For the third consecutive year, Guiding Light has received a $20,000 grant from the SpartanNash Foundation, which has provided a total of $70,000 to the nonprofit since 2016.


Ethics and Religion Talk: Why Do So Many People Need to Believe in Hell?

Submitted 12-21-2020 under OPINION

Linda asks, “Why do humans feel a need to confirm hell exists?”