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The spirit of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute is represented in the cooperative programs held in the community to enlighten, inform, and promote inclusivity.

These events bring together diverse voices and faith traditions to find a common ground while still honoring individual experiences.

Whether it is working with others in the community to host a civilized discussion about polarizing issues or organizing a celebration that welcomes all and encourages learning through differences, the institute has found great success carrying out its mission through these community collaborations.

"Through interfaith dialogue and service, we promote a vibrant and diverse community for all generations. Beyond tolerance, we value hospitality, understanding, respect, and acceptance." 

What's Happening

Grand Dialogue

Grand Dialogue information - click for more info

Three environmentally themed events leading up to Earth Day. Click flyer for more info and registration.

Interfaith Imperatives for Climate Action

Watch the second part of our Grand Dialogue above.

Registration is still open for our Interfaith Zoom Workshop Series running through April 21. 

Register here

Summer Youth Workshops

Youth Interfaith Leadership Workshops - click for info

Virtual Summer Leadership Workshops geared toward students currently in grades 8-12. Click image for more info.

Kaufman's Weekly Watch

The Kaufman Interfaith Institute, during our Year of Interfaith Healing, is currently focusing on one of the sub-themes, “Healing Our Earth.”  This week's videos feature speakers from our webinars last Sunday and this coming Sunday.

This video features Gopal Patel who directs Bhumi Global, an international Hindu environmental network. He was a panelist in Sunday’s webinar. More information and registration for remaining Grand Dialogue events

Kaufman's Weekly Interfaith Insight

"Reflections on Earth Day 50 plus 1" by George Heartwell, Former Grand Rapids mayor and environmental advocate

“I was learning from the water; I was praying with the water.”  -- Waasekom Niim

With Gabe, my then 12-year-old grandson, I glided across the mirror surface of Crooked Lake in the Sylvania Wilderness of Michigan’s western UP.  We had broken camp just as the sun was rising, packed our gear in the Old Town canoe, and pulled out as daylight lit the far shore.  The pair of bald eagles we had seen perched high in the towering white pine on the point last evening were back on watch this morning, perhaps looking for breakfast in the shallow water.  No sound broke the morning stillness, no ripple troubled the lake surface save that of our paddles dipping into the water and our bow carving the glass that held the sky.

I asked of the water: “Will all this be here for Gabe’s grandchildren?”

The water whispered back, “It’s up to you.”

50 plus 1.  That’s how many years ago the first Earth Day was observed.  Climate change was not yet part of the vernacular, though it was recognized by a small cadre of climate scientists.  Still, we knew – the world knew – even then, that Earth is fragile, its resources limited, its health threatened by toxic air emissions and water pollution. 50 plus 1.  Are we better off today?

Read the entire article here

Kaufman's Weekly Watch

Healing Our Earth

Kyle Meyaard-Schaap is Vice President of the Evangelical Environmental Network.  He was one of the panelists for last Sunday’s event titled “Christian Imperatives for Environmental Care.” 

More info and registration for this week's upcoming "Healing the Earth" events

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