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Sigal Lecture with Rev. Jennifer Bailey

The Sigal Lecture was held Wednesday March 30, 2016, featuring Rev. Jennifer Bailey, an ordained African Methodist Episcopal minister and emerging interfaith leader nationally. Her talk, “Racial and Interfaith Justice: A New Vision for Leadership at the Intersections” featured inspiring stories from her own growing up, the tragedy of the killings at the AME church in Charleston, and her own faith journey. She also spent time with students on the Grand Valley University campus the next day. 

The Sigal Lectures are in honor of Rabbi Phillip Sigal, the rabbi at Ahavas Israel Synagogue in the 70s and 80s, who was one of the early interfaith voices in our community.


Events

Shoah Commemoration Service

Shoah Commemoration Service

May 1, 2016 3:30 PM

Guest Speaker: Mr. Dave Lux, a Winton Child Survivor Dave will also be presenting to a select group of high school students from various high school in Muskegon County as part of the Center...

Reception for Dave Lux

Reception for Dave Lux

May 2, 2016 7:00 PM - 1:00 AM

Guest Speaker: Mr. Dave Lux, a Winton Child Survivor Reception for Dave Lux Lite Hors d'oevres and desserts with coffee, tea, and punch. Donation only for CHGS Programs DAVE LUX...

The 35th Annual Charles Henry Hackley Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities

The 35th Annual Charles Henry Hackley Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities

May 12, 2016 7:30 PM

Title of Lecture: "Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times" Charles H. Hackley Commendation for Service to the Humanities Award with be presented to Richard...

Islam 101

Islam 101

June 28, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Presented by Fr. Jim Kane, Director of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs at the Diocese of Albany, New York Although Jews, Christians and Muslims worship the same God, they understand Him...

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News

Class Potluck for Muslim Students

Class Potluck for Muslim Students

April 25, 2016

Dr. Kelly James Clark, GVSU, and his class held a potluck for GVSUs Muslim students on April 21, 2016. About 30 Muslim students attended. According to Clark, it was the single most powerful educational time he ever had in his life.

Heartwell receives interfaith leadership award

Heartwell receives interfaith leadership award

April 25, 2016

George Heartwell, former mayor of Grand Rapids, received the 2016 Sylvia Kaufman Interfaith Leadership Award during a special ceremony March 30.

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Katie Gordon

Check out this week's Interfaith Insight - Spirituality and social justice: modeling ways of coming together by Katie Gordon

Read previous Interfaith Insights from 2014/2015 and 2016

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Contact

Kaufman Interfaith Institute

Mail: 301 Michigan St. NE 
Grand Rapids MI 49503

Email: interfaith@gvsu.edu

Phone: (616) 331-5702