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Triennial Dialogue


To Repair the World: How Does Religion Help or Hinder?

In our world of poverty, violence, and pollution, all religions are called to repair the world, to make it a better place. In this Year of Interfaith Service, it is important that we come together to look at how our religious traditions and scriptures have helped in this effort, as well as ways in which they have hindered. We are called to be of service to our fellow humans, to those in need, to our environment, and to bring peace. Join us, as we explore the theme: To Repair the World: How Has Religion Helped and Hindered? 

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Featured Speakers are Dr. Cynthia Campbell, Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, and Ingrid Mattson.



Check out this week's Interfaith Insight- How do we live out deep faith that leads to love and respect for all? by Douglas Kindschi

Read previous Interfaith Insights from 2014 and 2015




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We are very excited to announce that we have received a generous grant from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation to expand our interfaith service initiatives to focus more on youth & college campuses, with funding to help develop interfaith leaders at Grand Valley State University, Aquinas College, and Calvin College, as well as support upcoming programming like Eboo Patel and our Triennial Dialogue this October. We can't wait to see our community come together in this interfaith and inter-institutional effort!

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Encounter CPP Information Session

Encounter CPP Information Session

September 1, 2015 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

The Salvation Army Congregational Partnership Program (CPP) invites you to an information session. The CPP partners with congregations and volunteers to end homelessness for families in Kent County....

Interfaith Memorial Service

Interfaith Memorial Service

September 10, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Events to include a memorial service and hands on memorial activities such as: plant a flower, decorate and fly a kite, a reflective nature walk, walk a labyrinth. There will be a sign language interpreter...

Peace Festival

Peace Festival

September 12, 2015 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

In honor of the United Nations International Day of Peace, families can merge justice and fun, learn and practice peaceful, win-win activities. The United Nations International Day of Peace...

West Michigan Peoples' Climate March

West Michigan Peoples' Climate March

September 19, 2015 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Join the movement of people activating to build Climate Resiliency in West Michigan. Join us for a celebratory parade of allies who are taking action alongside you to address climate change. Gather...

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Religion 101

Religion 101

August 21, 2015

Religion 101 with guests talking about what is happening in faith in West Michigan. We share an update on the Year of Interfaith Service and a local community partner focus including hospice.

Interfaith memorial event planned by 4 hospice groups, GVSU

Interfaith memorial event planned by 4 hospice groups, GVSU

August 11, 2015

An interfaith memorial event is being planned to provide a way for people to come together to share memories and honor loved ones they have lost.

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Kaufman Interfaith Institute

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Grand Rapids MI 49503

Email: interfaith@gvsu.edu

Phone: (616) 331-5702