Kaufman Interfaith Institute

Volunteer networks expand tutoring services, assist with food distribution during COVID-19

Volunteer networks of students, faculty and staff members from Grand Valley continue to assist Michigan residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jun 26, 2020

Staff member from Kaufman Interfaith Institute reflects on start of Ramadan during COVID-19

Zahabia Ahmed-Usmani, project coordinator for the Kaufman Interfaith Institute, wrote about how COVID-19 impacts the start of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, in a recent column.

Apr 27, 2020

Kaufman Interfaith Institute begins multi-year project with Fetzer Institute

An ongoing partnership between Grand Valley's Sylvia and Richard Kaufman Interfaith Institute and the Fetzer Institute of Kalamazoo has sparked a multi-year project to examine local interfaith models.

Dec 13, 2019

Interfaith Thanksgiving service celebrates 20th year

Staff members at the Kaufman Interfaith Institute invite the campus community to the 20th annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration.

Nov 19, 2019

Interfaith conference features Princeton religious historian

Best known as the author of "The Gnostic Gospels," and "The Origin of Satan," Elaine Pagels will share her faith journey at the 2019 Interfaith Academic Consortium Conference.

Oct 23, 2019

Kaufman Interfaith Institute hopes to expand work from $1 million grant

The Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley recently concluded a three-year grant study on interfaith understanding with meetings in Morocco and Jordan June 16-22, 2019.

Jul 29, 2019

Interfaith conference to examine human morality and moral behavior

Human morality and moral behavior will be the focus of the upcoming Grand Dialogue in Science and Religion conference at Grand Valley. The conference provides an inter-institutional and interdisciplinary exploration of how science and religion connect to create constructive dialogue around interfaith. The conference will take place March 16 on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. The keynote speaker will Christian Miller, the A.C. Reid professor of philosophy at Wake Forest University.

Mar 7, 2019

Event to examine importance of interfaith leadership in the 21st century

An upcoming presentation at Grand Valley will explore the importance of encouraging young people to grow in their interfaith understanding in order to become positive religious leaders of the 21st century. Kinza Khan, a domestic violence attorney, will be the featured speaker during the 2019 Rabbi Phillip Sigal Memorial Lecture on March 11.

Mar 4, 2019

College interfaith leaders to promote importance of religious understanding during event

Encouraging the next generation of interfaith leaders around the world, and especially on college campuses, will be the focus of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute's upcoming Abrahamic Dinner. The event will take place February 20 in Grand Rapids. Three local college students will share the perspectives of their individual traditions regarding transcending religious intolerance in order to foster greater interfaith understanding. This year's Jewish representative will be Allison Egrin, president of Hillel at Grand Valley.

Feb 13, 2019

Grand Valley mourns death of one of its founders

Grand Valley mourns the death of Richard Kaufman, one of the university's founders and long-time supporter, who died November 27 at age 91.

Nov 29, 2018