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 below.
January 22, 2015 - Acts of kindness clouded by Islamophobia and anti-Semitism - Douglas Kindschi
January 15, 2015 - Responding to violence in a world plagued with conflict - Douglas Kindschi
January 8, 2015 - A new year of understanding begins through service - Douglas Kindschi
January 1, 2015 - A new year of understanding through service - Douglas Kindschi
December 25, 2014 - Generosity fuels the warmth for community survival - Venerable Deokwun Russell Pitts
December 18, 2014 - Seeing the winter darkness as a festival of light - Douglas Kindschi
December 11, 2014 - Seeking unity in the middle of worldwide division - Patrick Weisberger
December 4, 2014 - Moving beyond possessions toward a life of purpose - Douglas Kindschi
November 27, 2014 - Making peace with Thanksgiving - Rev. Dr. Bill Lyons
November 20, 2014 - Giving thanks for West Michigan's interfaith community - Katie Gordon
November 13, 2014 - Failure and defeat turning to forgiveness and hope - Douglas Kindschi
November 6, 2014 - Rabbi: 'Confronting Violence in the Name of God' - Douglas Kindschi
October 30, 2014 - Differing calendars bring us two interfaith celebrations - Douglas Kindschi
October 23, 2014 - Abraham: father of the faith for Jews, Christians and Muslims - Douglas Kindschi
October 16, 2014 - Yousafzai represents the next generation of leaders - Katie Gordon
October 9, 2014 - Tolerance, a message from the Arab country of Oman - Douglas Kindschi
October 2, 2014 - A Christian perspective on the Jewish Yom Kippur - Douglas Kindschi
September 25, 2014 - Jewish New Year serves as a wake-up call for rededication to our faith - Rabbi Michael Schadick
September 18, 2014 - Year of Interfaith Service kicks off with mayoral proclamation - Douglas Kindschi
September 11, 2014 - Interfaith understanding leads to community service - Douglas Kindschi
September 4, 2014 - Finding a common theme amid diversity - Douglas Kindschi
August 28, 2014 - Understanding the Muslim community in America - Douglas Kindschi
August 21, 2014 - Seeking unity without uniformity in a troubled world - Douglas Kindschi
August 14, 2014 - What hope equals in The Holy Land conflict - Mariano Israel Avila
August 7, 2014 - What we can learn from our nonreligious neighbors - Katie Gordon
July 31, 2014 - Our 'kairos' moment: a call to act with social justice - Katie Gordon
July 24, 2014 - Dialogue faces challenges on the right and left - Fred Stella
July 17, 2014 - Dialogue: moving from understanding to respect - Douglas Kindschi
July 10, 2014 - Beyond tolerance and hospitality to interfaith understanding - Douglas Kindschi
July 3, 2014 - America's story interwoven with religious diversity - Katie Gordon
June 26, 2014 - Celebrating Ramadan: obligation and opportunity - Dr. Aly Mageed
June 19, 2014 - Religion below the surface: an experience of the senses - Katie Gordon
June 12, 2014 - Reaching beyond tolerance to hospitality - Douglas Kindschi
June 5, 2014 - Religious leaders show humility, respect, openness - Douglas Kindschi
May 29, 2014 - Can a religious leader help bring lasting peace? - Douglas Kindschi
May 22, 2014 - Let's continue as a community of faith, respect for others - Douglas Kindschi
May 15, 2014 - Can We Find Hope in Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks - Douglas Kindschi
May 8, 2014 - Engaging in pluralism without losing principles - Frans van Liere
May 1, 2014 - Who is my neighbor? Exploring art, faith, community - Douglas Kindschi
April 24, 2014 - Fi sabeel Allah: In the cause of God, for the cause of God - Ghazala Munir
April 17, 2014 - When and how do we celebrate events of Holy Week? - Douglas Kindschi
April 10, 2014 - How College campuses are proving we're 'better together' - Katie Gordon
April 3, 2014 - A Michigan message: making 'interfaith' operational - Douglas Kindschi
March 27, 2014 - Sharing 'Muscat Manifesto' for a Michigan audience - Douglas Kindschi
March 20, 2014 - Interfaith center in Oman teaches us about cooperation - Douglas Kindschi
March 13, 2014 - Exploring with Others as We Broaden our Faith - Douglas Kindschi
March 6, 2014 - Reflections on interfaith dialogue from a Jewish perspective - Sheldon Kopperl
Feb. 27, 2014 - City and faith groups must seek the welfare of everyone - Douglas Kindschi
Feb. 20, 2014 - How can we move beyond mere tolerance? - Douglas Kindschi
Feb. 13, 2014 - Truth, humility should go hand in hand in interfaith talks - Douglas Kindschi
Feb. 6, 2014 - Immigration: an economic and religious issue - Douglas Kindschi
Jan. 30, 2014 - Hindu dharma in interfaith conversations - Fred Stella
Jan. 23, 2014 - Abraham's children divided in his homeland - Douglas Kindschi
Jan. 16, 2014 - Jerusalem: inspired and confused in the Holy Land - Douglas Kindschi
Jan. 9, 2014 - Tracing our spiritual family ancestry: What does it mean? - Douglas Kindschi
Jan. 2, 2014 - Difference between thin, thick dialogue - Douglas Kindschi
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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.
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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