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 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, 2014City 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



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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