The Rapidian


Ethics and Religion Talk: Is God the "Grand Puppeteer?", part 1

Submitted 12-20-2021 under OPINION

Jim V. asks, “If God is all-powerful, does that mean that He/She is the “Grand Puppeteer” and brought this pandemic upon us? If so, then why?


The Loss of Parents

Submitted 12-15-2021 under OPINION

Lessons learned after becoming an adult orphan


Staying Informed on Your City: A Beginner's Guide

Submitted 12-14-2021 under OPINION

While staying up to date on your local news can be difficult, it doesn’t have to be. So, here’s a quick guide on a few things you can do to stay up-to-date on the city of Grand Rapids.


Ethics and Religion Talk: Does Your Tradition Require a Certain Set of Beliefs?

Submitted 12-13-2021 under OPINION

How do religious authorities in your tradition set the parameters in terms of what must be believed to be members in good standing. And by that I mean “being on the right side” of God.


Ethics and Religion Talk: How Do We Solve the Problem of Violence?

Submitted 12-06-2021 under OPINION

What needs to happen in order for the violence and corruption we are surrounded by to stop?


Alcohol is Only the Symptom: Mike Finds Spirituality, Acceptance Through Guiding Light Recovery

Submitted 12-06-2021 under NONPROFITS

“After detox, I was referred to Guiding Light. I needed a place with discipline and structure, which I had really missed after being out of the military for 20 years. So, I left everything behind to come to Grand Rapids and start over.”


Food is a Great Equalizer: An Interview with AJ Fossel from the Community Food Club

Submitted 12-02-2021 under NONPROFITS

The Kent County Food Policy Council interviews AJ Fossel, Director of the Community Food Club, about a food system that centers the dignity of consumers


Ethics and Religion Talk: Do we Need Blue Roses?

Submitted 11-30-2021 under OPINION

Should we be creating blue roses?


Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Stages The Sound Of Music

Submitted 11-24-2021 under OPINION

Over half a century later, The Sound Of Music retains its charms.


Planting Trees and Hope

Submitted 11-23-2021 under LOCAL LIFE

Reflecting on the experience of planting trees in a "newer," local nature preserve.