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Winter Clothing Drive

Clothing Drive

Collaborating with GVSU Community Service Learning Center (CSLC), please join Better Together and the Kaufman Interfaith Institute in collecting coats, hats, gloves/mittens and scarves (men sizes S,M, or L) for newly arrived refugees from around the world in West Michigan. We will also be collecting toiletries and cleaning supplies.

Bethany Christian Service provides a group home for refugees who have come from many different countries. Many of them are in need of basic items to help them get started here in the U.S.

For more information on the Winter Clothing Drive, SEE HERE

Triennial Dialogue 2015 Videos


If you missed the Triennial Dialogue but still want to be part of the discussion, you can check out recorded videos from the event: Here

On Thursday, October 29th, 2015, we hosted our Triennial Jewish/Christian/Muslim Dialogue on "To Repair the World: How Does Religion Help or Hinder?"

The 2015 event was a day-long program modeled after past Dialogues, including major presentations and responses by Donniel Hartman, Cynthia Campbell, and Ingrid Mattson. Videos of the event are below.


Tuesday Tabletalk

Tuesday Tabletalk at the Dominican Center: Interfaith Marriage

February 16, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

TUESDAY TABLETALK: MARRIAGES WITH FAITH DIVERSITY Presenter: Panel of Speakers Day/Time: Tuesday, Feb 16 • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Cost: $15.00 per session/$10...

Buddhism Basics and introduction to Meditation

Buddhism Basics and introduction to Meditation

February 20, 2016 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Buddhism Basics and introduction to Meditation An introductory class discussing the basics of Buddhist beliefs. Topics include: The Four Noble Truths, The Noble Eightfold Path, The Three Marks of...

Women & the Environment: Annual WMEAC Symposium, ft. Interfaith Panel

Women & the Environment: Annual WMEAC Symposium, ft. Interfaith Panel

February 24, 2016 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Women and the Environment is a one-day symposium that explores the intersection between women and gender issues and environmental concerns. This year the focus of the event is women...

Interfaith Habitat for Humanity

Interfaith Habitat for Humanity

March 6, 2016 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Center for Inquiry has worked with Habitat for Humanity to establish Sunday, March 6, from noon to 4pm, as a day of Interfaith work at their warehouse. Trim painting, and other various...

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CRC Members Share Meals, Conversations with Local Muslims

CRC Members Share Meals, Conversations with Local Muslims

February 04, 2016

"Seeking to build better inter-faith relations, two Christian Reformed Church congregations in West Michigan recently sat down for dinner with members of a pair of area mosques." - Chris Meehan, CRC Communications

Winter gear drive to benefit refugees

Winter gear drive to benefit refugees

February 02, 2016

"Several Grand Valley State University groups are preparing to help those in need for the possibility of more cold and snow by holding a winter gear collection drive to benefit refugees in West Michigan." - GV Lanthorn

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Doug Kindschi

Check out this week's Interfaith Insight - Loving the stranger: Being true to our religious teachings by Doug Kindschi

Read previous Interfaith Insights from 2014/2015 and 2016

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Kaufman Interfaith Institute

Mail: 301 Michigan St. NE 
Grand Rapids MI 49503

Email: interfaith@gvsu.edu

Phone: (616) 331-5702

On October 8th and 9th, the Kaufman Interfaith Institute hosted Eboo Patel, Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His visit included two lectures – one at Aquinas College and one at Grand Valley State University. Both were packed houses, filled with both campus and community members. Eboo’s sessions spoke to the importance of interfaith leadership in our increasingly diverse communities, and he provided personal insights on everything from his experiences as a Muslim to Pope Francis’ recent US visit.

To learn more, check out this link

2015 Eboo Patel Lecture at GVSU