The Rapidian

Spirituality

Ethics and Religion Talk: Does Your Tradition Support the Separation Between Church and State? part 1

Submitted 08-03-2020 under OPINION

Taylor asks, “Do you believe in a separation of church and state?”

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What did Clergy do during the Pandemic?

Submitted 07-27-2020 under OPINION

This week’s question: “How did your role as minister/pastor/rabbi/faith leader/Imam changed during the COVID-19 pandemic? Do you think any of the changes in your Church/Temple/Synagogue/Mosque will be permanent, or do you hope to return to a pre-pandemic normal?”

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John Lewis joined other religious leaders in the call for justice

Submitted 07-24-2020 under NONPROFITS

The death of civil rights leader John Lewis reminds us of the events of 1965 in Selma and the religious leaders who were involved. Jon Meacham shares his reflections.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: What are the Benefits of Religion?

Submitted 07-20-2020 under OPINION

Taylor asks, “What are the benefits of someone choosing to practice a religion?”

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An approach to Israel-Palestine understanding

Submitted 07-17-2020 under NONPROFITS

Memories of Seymour Padnos leads to an Israeli writer, Yossi Halevi whose book, “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor” seeks to bring people together by listening and seeking to understand their differing and even conflicting stories.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is God Calling Out To You?

Submitted 07-13-2020 under OPINION

This week, I asked our panel to respond to an essay by the Rev. Sandra Nikkel, head pastor of Conklin Reformed Church entitled, “LISTEN! GOD IS CALLING!”

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Ethics and Religion Talk: How Does Religion Spread?

Submitted 07-06-2020 under OPINION

Genevieve asks, “How is religion spread? I mean clearly not everyone goes door to door knocking, or acts as sort of a missionary, so is it acceptable to try and convert others? And if not, how does your religion spread?”

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The beginning of difference - God's idea

Submitted 07-03-2020 under NONPROFITS

New understandings of the Tower of Babel story from Genesis helps us see that while it is natural to find identity in people like us, God’s plan is for diversity.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Are those who took own life resurrected?

Submitted 06-29-2020 under OPINION

Elba asks, “Are there any sins so terrible that one loses the privilege of resurrection? Is suicide one of them?”

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A personal confession: I am a racist

Submitted 06-26-2020 under NONPROFITS

Even when we think we are not racist, we must become aware and take responsibility for complicity with a culture and its institutions that are racist. It calls for confession and willingness to learn and act.

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