The Rapidian


Ethics and Religion Talk: How does your tradition react to suicide?

Submitted 09-24-2018 under OPINION

Does your tradition condemn a person who died by his or her own hand (committed suicide) in any way, such as burial in a separate section of the cemetery, burial without all of the normal funeral rites, or by refusing to conduct a funeral service at all? Why or why not?


Ethics and Religion Talk: What to do with frozen embryos after divorce?

Submitted 09-17-2018 under OPINION

A new Arizona law would give frozen embryos to either spouse who wants to use them, even after a divorce. Is it ethical to force someone to become a parent against his or her will?


Ethics and Religion Talk: Genetic editing

Submitted 09-10-2018 under OPINION

A recent BBC article suggested that modifying human DNA by editing human embryos ought to be permitted by UK law. What does the Ethics and Religion Talk Panel think?


Ethics and Religion Talk: What to do about those who don't give enough?

Submitted 09-04-2018 under OPINION

... in order to survive and serve their mission [religious institutions] need to balance their income and expenses. ... [M]embers must help support the congregation .... What of members who say they can’t afford more than a nominal level of dues, yet they large houses or drive nice cars?


57th traditional Pow Wow to take place September 8-9 at Riverside Park

Submitted 08-28-2018 under NONPROFITS

The Grand Valley American Indian Lodge invites the community to the 57th Traditional Pow Wow. Whether it is your first time at a pow wow or your tenth, you will enjoy the excitement, the color, the dancing, drumming, crafts and food!


Ethics and Religion Talk: Is the serpent in the Garden of Eden real?

Submitted 08-27-2018 under OPINION

Elisa asks, Did the supposed serpent in the supposed Garden of Eden have fangs? If so, why? If not, why not?


Ethics and Religion Talk: When should clergy criticize policies of the government?

Submitted 08-20-2018 under OPINION

The previous and the current presidential administrations have drawn sharp criticism from the pulpit for positions the president has taken. When is it appropriate for clergy to take a stand on government policies?


Ethics and Religion Talk: How important is accessibility to a house of worship?

Submitted 08-13-2018 under OPINION

Jim E. asks, Most church buildings are older with lots of stairs. What ethical obligation does a church or house of worship have to be accessible to all visitors? At what cost?


Ethics and Religion Talk: When should clergy take a stand for or against the policy of family separation?

Submitted 08-06-2018 under OPINION

Bob F. asks, I see some clergy publicly criticizing the government's separating families at the border. Other clergy have remained silent on this issue. On this issue, how do you as a member of the clergy decide whether to take a public stand or remain silent?


Ethics and Religion Talk: How to show respect to elders

Submitted 07-30-2018 under OPINION

What is the proper way to show respect for elders? Of course, things like giving up a seat on a bus and holding a door are respectful, but what else?