The Rapidian


Interfaith, civic organizations unite to sponsor conversation on welcoming refugees

Submitted 03-01-2016 under NONPROFITS

Welcoming Refugees: Do Unto Other - A Conversation on Community Engagement will take place at Cathedral Square on March 8.


Catalyst Radio: learning more about the local Sikh community

Submitted 02-15-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

Host Katie Gordon speaks with Rishi Makkar, a local business owner and follower of the Sikh religion, about misunderstanding and violence toward the Sikh community, and how we can overcome that fear and hatred by breaking bread with one another.


Land, labor, capital: Looking at root causes of our diseased food system

Submitted 02-09-2016 under OPINION

Lance Kraai of New City Urban Farm proposes a generous reciprocal free market based on Judaic/Christian ideas of Shalom over capitalism and addresses the historical problems that capitalism has created.


Catalyst Radio: faith, LGBTQ+ communities, and spiritual violence

Submitted 02-05-2016 under OPINION

Host Katie Gordon speaks with Scott Burden about the upcoming Change U Activist Assembly on Spiritual Violence: A Community Experience, a Community Response


Annual Abrahamic Dinner at local mosque to encourage interfaith dialogue

Submitted 01-19-2016 under OPINION

This Thursday, January 21, the Niagara Foundation and Kaufman Interfaith Institute are hosting the annual Abrahamic Dinner, which will foster dialogue around interfaith understanding, religion and violence and using religion for peace.


Freedom from fear: Musician/dancer shares his art of achieving what was thought impossible

Submitted 12-31-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Shamar Alef, Grand Rapids native, ballet dancer and hip-hop artist, offers spiritual solutions to social issues, discusses his recent tour and reflects on his upcoming album, "God is in your Belly."


Instruments of Hope to present annual living nativity

Submitted 12-08-2015 under NONPROFITS

Instruments of Hope will be presenting a living nativity in the Saint Francis of Assisi Sculpture Garden at the Dominican Center of Marywood this Sunday, December 13.


Grand Rapids Public Library renews Day of the Dead tradition

Submitted 10-27-2015 under NEWS

October 30- November 1, the downtown branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library will be hosting the yearly Dia de los Muertos celebration to celebrate the lives of those who have died.


Human library event aims to increase understanding, reduce prejudice

Submitted 10-13-2015 under NEWS

On October 17 at 10 a.m., the Grand Rapids Public Library be holding a "human library" event. At this event, people from diverse backgrounds act as "books" that can be checked out, so that people can ask about their experiences.


Instruments of Hope invites all to take meditative walk on International Day of Peace

Submitted 09-15-2015 under NEWS

Sculptor Mic Carlson's statue of St Francis will be in the garden, and the Threshold Choir Group will sing along the walk in the woods.