About the 2012 Year of Interfaith Understanding

2012The 2012 Year of Interfaith Understanding is a year-long effort to cultivate community interest and engagement of all faith traditions in West Michigan.

A unique partnership led by Grand Valley State University’s Kaufman Interfaith Institute, the Grand Rapids Press, WGVU Public Media, the Mayor’s office, and three organizing councils will seek to promote a yearlong engagement of the topic of interfaith understanding.

Currently, local congregations, campuses, and community organizations are involved in sponsoring sacred space tours, study groups, speakers, and interfaith service projects in the cities of Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Holland.

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell has declared 2012 the “Grand Rapids Year of Interfaith Understanding,” and the project was formally announced in a press conference on Monday September 12 (Read his proclamation here)


Congregations Council Steering Committee

Bosnian Cultural Center
Brown Hutcherson Ministries
Catholic Information Center
Congregation Ahavas Israel
Dominican Center at Marywood
Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church
Masjid At-Tawheed Mosque & Religious Institute
Plymouth United Church of Christ
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
Temple Emanuel
Trinity Reformed Church
West Michigan Hindu Temple
Westminster Presbyterian Church

Other Congregations Involved

Baha’i Community of West Michigan
Cathedral of St. Andrew
Georgetown United Methodist Church
Grand Rapids Zen Center
St. Luke University Parish (GVSU)
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
True North Campus Ministry
Grand Rapids Meditation Circle of Self-Realization Fellowship


Congregations Council Individual Members

See all members of the Congregations Council

Campuses Involved


Aquinas College
Calvin College
Calvin Theological Seminary
Cornerstone University
Grand Valley State University
Hope College
Kuyper College
Western Theological Seminary

Community Council

ArtPrize (Interfaith Venue)
Congregational Partnership Program
Duncan Littlefair Great Speakers Series
Economics Club of Grand Rapids
Faith in Motion
Grand Forum – GVSU
Grand Rapids Civic Theatre
Grand Rapids Press
Grand Rapids Public Library
Grand Rapids Public Museum
Grand Rapids Symphony
GRCC Diversity Learning Center
Habitat for Humanity of Kent County
Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies
Interfaith Dialogue Association
January Series at Calvin College
Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids
Jewish Theatre of Grand Rapids
Kent District Library
Kent Intermediate School District
Music Organizations
Osher Lifelong Learning Center at Aquinas College
Schuler’s Books & Music
WGVU Public Media
World Affairs Council


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