The Rapidian

Commentary

Ray and Esther: Spiritual Direction at Guiding Light

Submitted 04-14-2022 under NONPROFITS

Guiding Light offers professional, holistic, and comprehensive substance abuse treatment for Grand Rapids men at no cost. One of the reasons our program stands out from others is the emphasis we place on developing one’s spirituality in sobriety.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Have a Dog for Dinner?

Submitted 04-11-2022 under OPINION

South Korea is considering a ban on consumption of dog meat. Why is eating dog meat any worse than eating the flesh of a cow, pig, goat, or deer?

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Donnie: Challenged by a Life of Love, Loss & Redemption

Submitted 04-08-2022 under NONPROFITS

Donnie owes his future to Guiding Light, noting: “I don’t know how you would describe an organization that saves your life. It’s a phenomenal place to be if you want the help. If you don’t want the help, it’s like anything else."

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How are You Connected to Co-religionists Around the World?

Submitted 04-04-2022 under OPINION

There are many inter-religious conflicts around the world that don’t directly affect us here in the US, yet it’s easy to imagine that many Americans of various faiths have strong feelings about what their coreligionists are experiencing elsewhere.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Crises of Faith, part 2

Submitted 03-28-2022 under OPINION

Ethics and Religion Talk received the following question, submitted to one of our panelists: “Have any of the panel members had a crisis of faith that led them into periods of doubt, or as some call it, ‘a dark night of the soul?’ If so, what brought them back to solid footing?”

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Crises of Faith, part 1

Submitted 03-23-2022 under OPINION

Ethics and Religion Talk received the following question, submitted to one of our panelists: “Have any of the panel members had a crisis of faith that led them into periods of doubt, or as some call it, ‘a dark night of the soul?’ If so, what brought them back to solid footing?”

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Guiding Light Partners with Goodwill to Find Employment, Reduce Recidivism for Those with Criminal Convictions

Submitted 03-22-2022 under NONPROFITS

Through The Job Post, its talent placement firm, Guiding Light is finding jobs with companies that not only pay a living wage but are willing to provide the extra support needed so those with criminal convictions to be successful.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should Sex Work be Criminalized?

Submitted 03-14-2022 under OPINION

Shouldn't a woman (or a man) be allowed to use her body any way she wants, and if she generates income, so much the better?

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Important is Ethnicity in Casting?

Submitted 03-07-2022 under OPINION

When a role that is specifically written for a queer Latinx performer, is it unethical to cast someone else, even if they could be just as convincing to take that role?

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Eric: A Chronic Relapser Builds the Life He's Meant to Have at Guiding Light

Submitted 03-03-2022 under NONPROFITS

“I finally got to the point,” says Eric, “that I texted a friend and said I was going to die unless I got help somewhere.” That ‘somewhere’ ended up being Guiding Light.

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