Kaufman Interfaith Institute

Grand Rapids Press Insights

Starting in 2014, the Grand Rapids Press began publishing Kaufman Interfaith Institute's weekly Interfaith Insights. These Insights used to only be found in our e-newsletters, but now the entire Grand Rapids community is able to reflect on interfaith topics in every Thursday issue of the Press.

Dr. P. Douglas Kindschi, Director of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute, will be the primary author of the series. A guest column from a community interfaith leader will appear at least once a month.

Archived PDFs of previous Insights are available in the side tabs.

February 19, 2015- A Christian perspective on service: A 'clear-eyed' truth


Thoughts on an Insight you read? Email interfaith@gvsu.edu!







Douglas Kindschi is the coordinator of the Interfaith Insights column and director of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University. Kindschi is also a former dean and current professor at GVSU.





Fred Stella is the resident Pracharak (Outreach Minister) of the West Michigan Hindu Temple and President of Interfaith Dialogue Association. Stella also hosts a weekly interfaith radio show on WGVU, Common Threads.








Sheldon J. Kopperl is professor of religious studies at Grand Valley State University and treasurer of the Interfaith Dialogue Association of Grand Rapids. 






Katie Gordon is the Program Manager at the Kaufman Interfaith Institute of GVSU.  









Ghazala Munir is an active Muslim in the Grand Rapids community, and serves on the Kaufman Interfaith Institute planning committee.







Frans van Liere is a history professor at Calvin College, and serves as a representative on the West Michigan Academic Consortium Committee.







Dr. Aly Mageed is director of the Pediatric Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and is an active member of the Congregations Council at Kaufman Interfaith Institute of GVSU. 







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Mariano Israel Avila oversees the Christian Reformed World Missions' organization Hope Equals, which promotes justice, peace and reconciliation in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. 

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