The Rapidian


Ethics and Religion Talk: Forbidden Fruit

Submitted 08-28-2017 under OPINION

Rather than responding to a reader question, this week’s Ethics and Religion Talk column begins with an essay on “Forbidden Fruit” by the Rev. Sandra Nikkel, head pastor of Conklin Reformed Church. The essay comes from a book she is writing.


Ethics and Religion Talk: Should religious institutions be 'Safe Refuge?'

Submitted 08-21-2017 under OPINION

Should a religious building be considered safe refuge for undocumented foreigners, criminals, or family members seeking shelter from abusers?


Ethics and Religion Talk: Is torture in defense of civilians ethical?

Submitted 08-14-2017 under OPINION

RS asks, Is the torture of enemies defensible in the defense of civilians; and should it be decriminalized in view of hindsight if the nation-state deems it moral?


When 'them' becomes 'us': Standing with the Muslim community of Grand Rapids

Submitted 07-25-2017 under NONPROFITS

The Standing Together Partnership initiative created four new congregational partnerships. In these partnerships, each mosque was paired up with at least two Christian churches and a Jewish Synagogue.


New interfaith service day camp to teach youth understanding, break stereotypes

Submitted 06-27-2017 under NONPROFITS

During the week of July 31-August 4, 2017 we will be working with a group of middle school aged kids representing a variety of congregations.


Rest in silence: An addict's story of self discovery

Submitted 06-17-2017 under NONPROFITS

Guiding Light's recovery program offers a unique experience at a silent retreat in Three Rivers, Michigan


Grand Rapids Threshold Choir invites community to "Gift of Song"

Submitted 06-06-2017 under NONPROFITS

We will be offering a public time of singing on Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the chapel at East Congregational Church


Native American community feels disrespected over proposed restructuring of educational program

Submitted 04-20-2017 under NEWS

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, community members who support the Native American Education Program of the Grand Rapids Public Schools held a public hearing over concerns for the program's future.


Nuns and Nones: Conversation at intersection of contemporary religious, secular life

Submitted 04-11-2017 under OPINION

Local Dominican Sisters and Millennial Nones met in an inter-generational space which lead to conversations about how to sustain ourselves for decades in movements for social justice, how to stay connected with one another in a technological world that has potential for isolation, and so much more.


Local painter to host art sale in support of hunger relief

Submitted 03-15-2017 under NONPROFITS

Chris Stoffel Overvoorde will donate proceeds from his three-day art sale to Feeding America West Michigan.