2018 is the Year of Interfaith Friendship!

Our interfaith affinity groups bring families and individuals together around common interests in ways that develop personal relationships and friendships. There are currently seven groups meeting regularly with others to be added in the near future.  They are organized around such interests as cinema, book reading, fitness, scriptural reading, knitting, art, medicine, and contemplative traditions. Click here for more information or to sign up!

Special Event: Jerusalem Movie


If you missed the recent showings of Jerusalem, there is GOOD NEWS - Celebration Cinema North is bringing the IMAX showing back on March 3 and 4.

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Jerusalem is also being offered in Kalamazoo and Lansing on March 3 and 4. For those living in or near these communities, check the schedule at the local Celebration Cinema theater.  

Welcome to a Community of Interfaith Understanding!

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Beyond tolerance, we value hospitality, understanding, respect, and acceptance.

As interfaith engagement approaches its third decade in West Michigan, we are excited to welcome new audiences and neighbors into the work of interfaith understanding and social engagement. The next chapter in the story of West Michigan's interfaith movement has yet to be written. Much has been accomplished, and much remains to be done. 

How might you join the story?


Upcoming Events


Interfaith Community Dinner

March 13, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Come to enjoy conversation with people from various traditions over a vegetarian Thai dinner. All are welcome. Be sure to register early, as space is limited. Suggested donation: $5 per attendee.  Registration:...

Fighting Islamophobia, Bigotry, and What Have You with Comedy

March 14, 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Diversity Lecture Series is intended to give insight and understanding of multicultural issues to the West Michigan Community. It is designed to help audiences consider perspectives other than...

Cinematic Conversations: Winter Interfaith Movie Cohort

March 20, 2018 6:30 PM

Tired of the cold? Looking to make some new friends? Join us to view and discuss independent films this winter at Celebration! Cinema at Woodland Mall (3195 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512). This...

A Taste of the Passover

March 21, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

A Taste of the Passover is an evening that will include a sampling of the traditions of the Passover seder, including music and holiday readings, a light dinner, and an opportunity to ask...

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Religion 101 on WGVU: February Interview

February 16, 2018

Dr. Doug Kindschi, Kyle Kooyers, and Dr Sahibzada, Imam of the Islamic Center and Mosque in Grand Rapids, join us to discuss upcoming programming.

Religion 101 on WGVU: January Interview

January 19, 2018

Dr. Doug Kindschi, Rishi Makkar and Kyle Kooyers discuss upcoming events for the 2018 Year of Interfaith Friendship.

Religion 101 on WGVU: December Interview

December 15, 2017

Dr. Doug Kindschi, Reverend Robert Linstrom and Rabbi Michael Schadick join Shelley Irwin to discuss the holiday season.

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"Through interfaith dialogue and service, we promote a vibrant and diverse community for all generations."

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