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Ethics and Religion Talk: What do religions think of each other? Part 1

Submitted 11-27-2017 under OPINION

Susan asks about how the different religions view one another in terms of monotheism or polytheism.


"Jesus led me to Dégagé this summer after suddenly finding myself homeless"

Submitted 11-22-2017 under NONPROFITS

Hello, my name is James. You might have seen me around Degage doing chores. Jesus led me to Degage this summer after suddenly finding myself homeless.


Ethics and Religion Talk: Do human rights come from God or from the government?

Submitted 11-20-2017 under OPINION

Where do human rights come from? Are they God-given or are they granted by governments on their citizens, and thus contingent on spirit of the age understandings of justice?


Ethics and Religion Talk: Is natural healing God's only will?

Submitted 11-13-2017 under OPINION

Four years ago, an Ohio judge ruled that a 10 year old Amish girl will not be forced to undergo chemotherapy. Akron Children’s Hospital argued that the chemo is 85% effective and without it, her cancer is almost always fatal.


Kent Dobson was bitten by a camel: A conversation with the author

Submitted 11-07-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Kent Dobson climbed Mount Sinai in search of the God who had eluded him. Instead he got bitten by a camel. Dobson writes about his experiences of doubt, and the search for meaningful faith in his new book, Bitten by a Camel: Leaving Church, Finding God.


Ethics and Religion Talk: Is companionship enough without sex?

Submitted 11-06-2017 under OPINION

This is more of a Dear Abby type of question than the kind we normally handle, but it came in response to a recent column on a similar topic so I sent it along to the panel. Betty (pseudonym) asks:


Ethics and Religion Talk: Should Manson follower, killer Leslie Van Houten, be freed?

Submitted 10-30-2017 under OPINION

Daniel (pseudonym) writes: Charles Manson and his followers murdered nine people in California in July and August 1969, including actress Sharon Tate.


Author to explore faith, service can help people find vocation, meaning after retirement

Submitted 10-27-2017 under NONPROFITS

Author and pastor, R. Paul Stevens, will explore how faith and spirituality can help people find vocation and meaning after retirement. His presentation, “Aging Matters,” will take place on Monday, Nov. 13 at 2:00 p.m., at Covenant Village of the Great Lakes


Grand Rapids Public Library to celebrate Día de los Muertos

Submitted 10-25-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Día de los Muertos: A Community Exhibit Honoring Day of the Dead, will be on display at the Grand Rapids Public Library’s downtown Main Branch October 28-November 1.


Ethics and Religion Talk: Religious transformation

Submitted 10-23-2017 under OPINION

Readers of Ethics and Religion Talk might remember a column from the summer of 2016 in which I wrote about a man who sent me a 64 page essay in the mail, arguing that Jews are the most spiritually disgusting people ever to walk the face of the earth ...