Kaufman Interfaith Institute

Local Interfaith Radio Program




Upcoming episodes:

July 27: Conversation with Aloka Bagchi on "Of Emperors and Ascetics". Aloka is a prof at MSU. She translated the writings of a young Bengali girl who recorded the wit and wisdom of Balananda Brahmachari, a Hindu sage who often hosted politicians, scholars and those of the working class to his hermitage as they inquired about a greater meaning in life.

Aug 3: Bagchi Pt. II

Aug 10: Conversation with Shahan Mufti, author of  "The Faithful Scribe." Mufti will discuss an account of Pakistan, Islam & War. 

Aug 17: Mufti Pt. II

Aug. 24: Conversation with Steve Sampson (Hung Su) of the Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple about the astonishing growth of the GR Buddhist Temple & Zen Center over 3 years of serving West Michigan and how it has impacted our community.

Aug. 31: Sampson Pt. II


COMMON THREADS is a program that is heard weekly on Grand Rapids, Michigan NPR affiliate, WGVU-FM. It is hosted by Interfaith Dialogue Association President, Fred Stella.

In this world of sound bite journalism and confrontational hit and run radio Common Threads is a welcome relief. Guests come from virtually every point on the spectrum of spirituality & religion. In the past years (almost 20!) we’ve had Tibetan Buddhist lamas, Catholic priests, Hindu monks, Jewish Kabbalah teachers, Evangelical pastors and many, many more share the microphone.
About the host: Fred Stella has been involved with Interfaith Dialogue Association for over 17 years, and has held the office of president for 18 years. He also is on the advisory committees for both Grand Dialogue, which explores the subject of Science and Religion, and The Kaufman Interfaith Institute, housed at Grand Valley State University. He has lectured internationally on inter-religious matters. Mr. Stella brings over 3 decades of broadcast experience to Common Threads.
More information & episode archive can be found here

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