The Rapidian


Finding heavenly sips of chai in Grand Rapids

Submitted 11-13-2018 under OPINION

As the weather changes, chai is my favorite way to warm up. Here are my three favorite places to get chai in Grand Rapids.


Ethics and Religion Talk: What are you grateful for? Part 1

Submitted 11-12-2018 under OPINION

Leading up to Thanksgiving next week, I invited the Ethics and Religion Talk panel to answer the question: ‘In the past year, what is the one thing in your life, in your community, in the world near or far, for which you are the most grateful?’ Here is the first set of responses. More next week!


Ethics and Religion Talk: Does God really hate divorce?

Submitted 11-05-2018 under OPINION

In a previous column, one of the columnists claimed that “God hate divorce.” Is that really the case? Does your tradition believe that there is no scriptural support for ending a bad marriage?


Kids Summit alumni brainstorm with WMCAT direction for 2019 event

Submitted 10-30-2018 under OPINION

On Friday, October 26, 2018, the Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit leadership team received expert advice from a group of Kids Summit alumni about what they valued most during the event. Art, literacy, physical play, laughter and magic, were common threads among those values.


Ethics and Religion Talk: Non-Biblical sources of wisdom

Submitted 10-29-2018 under OPINION

Ryan asks, When making any decision, either on ethics, doctrine, theology, etc, what sources would you explore besides your sacred scriptures?


Ethics and Religion Talk: Alternative Truth?

Submitted 10-22-2018 under OPINION

If our society keeps on accepting various forms of truth or personal versions of truth, what warranties do we have that we will not self-destroy?


Michigan Proposal 3 - What you need to know

Submitted 10-19-2018 under OPINION

Michigan Proposal 3, the Voting Policies in State Constitution Initiative, is on the ballot in Michigan as an initiated constitutional amendment on November 6, 2018 (Election Day).


United in sisterhood and ancestral strength: Latina women are powerful

Submitted 10-16-2018 under OPINION

On Friday, October 12, 2018, fifty Latina leaders were recognized by the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan as the "2018 Top 50 Latinas of Michigan" at the Statewide Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in Saginaw, MI. To stand among the women named is an honor that humbles me.


Ethics and Religion Talk: Responding to reader feedback

Submitted 10-15-2018 under OPINION

This week, I am departing from the normal format of Ethics and Religion Talk to respond to some reader feedback.


Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins Grand Rapids Symphony for one of its greatest concerts ever

Submitted 10-09-2018 under OPINION

Marcelo Lehninger led the Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the Grand Rapids Symphony in one of the finest concerts ever heard in DeVos Performance Hall on Oct. 5-6.