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The Grand Rapids Art Museum Celebrates the Creative Vision of Jim Henson in The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

Submitted 09-15-2022 under NONPROFITS

Kermit the Frog (The Muppet Show), Ernie and Bert (Sesame Street), Jen and Kira (The Dark Crystal), plus ballroom costumes for Jareth and Sarah from Labyrinth featured in this exploration of the visionary entertainer’s work

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What Do Clergy Do on Retreats?

Submitted 09-12-2022 under OPINION

Question: Do any of the panel members take retreats that are designed specifically for clergy? If so, could you explain what would go on over the few days you’d be there? When I think of retreats, I tend to imagine rural settings. Am I on target?

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Does My Car Insurance Cover STDs?

Submitted 09-06-2022 under OPINION

Question: If the driver's behavior causes bodily harm to a passenger should the insurance company be on the hook for the damages? She is suing his auto insurance company because she got a sexually transmitted disease while in his car.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should Theology be Fear-based?

Submitted 08-29-2022 under OPINION

It is often agreed by both therapists and clergy that a large number of people grow up in homes and congregations where fear is the dominant factor in theology. This has emotionally and spiritually damaged many.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Should Cemeteries Honor the Saltier Qualities of the Deceased?

Submitted 08-23-2022 under OPINION

The family wanted to honor the essence of their father and his rough personality on his tombstone. The cemetery feels differently and wants the stone removed. Who is in the right?

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Sex, Violence, and Hollywood, part 2

Submitted 08-15-2022 under OPINION

Would any of you avoid a program that might be good otherwise, but includes sex/nudity? Has such content become so much a part of society that we have become numb to it? Or, perhaps we should just accept all this as being an honest portrayal of life?

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Orthodoxy - Do you have an obligation to straighten someone's beliefs?

Submitted 08-08-2022 under OPINION

If a member of your flock approaches you with an honest admission that he or she no longer believes in a core doctrine of your religion (afterlife, the idea of God, salvation, etc.), would you consider it your duty to bring this person back into the “correct” belief system?

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Sex, Violence, and Hollywood, part 1

Submitted 08-01-2022 under OPINION

Would any of you avoid a program that might be good otherwise, but includes sex/nudity? Has such content become so much a part of society that we have become numb to it? Or, perhaps we should just accept all this as being an honest portrayal of life?

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Do Archeological or Historical/Linguistic Discoveries Affect Your Faith?

Submitted 07-25-2022 under OPINION

Can you give any examples of such discoveries or developments that may have led you to look at things in a different way?

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Día de los Muertos: New Exhibition Coming to the Grand Rapids Public Museum

Submitted 07-19-2022 under LOCAL LIFE

Starting on September 3, the Grand Rapids Public Museum will be home to "A Celebration of Souls: Day of the Dead in Southern Mexico," an exhibition that shows how Día de los Muertos is celebrated in Mexico's Oaxaca region

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