Welcome to a Community of Interfaith Understanding!

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!

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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. 

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

Upcoming Events


Ashura - Islam

September 21, 2018 All Day

Peace Walk & Interfaith Service

September 23, 2018 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us from 1 - 1:45 pm for a Peace Walk in St. Francis Sculpture Garden on the front lawn of the Dominican Center at Marywood.   Following the walk, from 1:45 -3 p m, is the 8th...

Sukkot - Jewish

September 24, 2018 All Day

Runs through September 30

Interfaith Book Group

September 25, 2018 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Interfaith Community Dinner

September 25, 2018 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Plan to join us at September's interfaith community dinner at which we will break bread together and share meaning-filled conversation. Enjoy a delicious vegetarian meal as you engage with people...

Cinematic Conversations: Eighth Grade

September 25, 2018 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Our Cinematic Conversations affinity group is designed to foster relationships about the shared experience of cinema. Within our moderated discussions immediately following each movie, we hope to cultivate...

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Religion 101 on WGVU: June Interview

June 29, 2018

Doug Kindschi and Kyle Kooyers chat with Shelley Irwin about the 2018 Youth Interface Service Day Camp and Doug's recent trip to Cambridge.

Students explore many ways of worship

June 27, 2018

Erin Albanese reports on the Kaufman Interfaith Institute's first Youth Interfaith Service Day Camp.

Religion 101 on WGVU: May Interview

May 18, 2018

Joining Shelley Irwin is Kaufman Director Dr. Doug Kindschi from Cambridge and Kyle Kooyers in studio.

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