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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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Annual Interfaith Academic Consortium - October 30, 2019

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Elaine Pagels as this year's speaker. Dr. Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and an American religious historian. She has published widely on Gnosticism and early Christianity. Her memoir, Why Religion? A Personal Story tells the story of her own deep loss and her search for answers in faith and spirituality. 

The Conference will include two lectures, "What do “secret gospels” suggest about Jesus and his teaching? at 2pm and Why Religion? A Personal Story at 7pm.

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Kaufman events bring together diverse voices and faith traditions to find a common ground while still honoring individual experiences. Whether working with others in the community to host civilized discussions about polarizing issues or organizing celebrations that welcome all and encourage learning through differences, the institute carries out its mission through these community collaborations. To find out more, check out our "Get Involved" tab at the top of the page.


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


Reading Each Other's Scriptures

October 15, 2019 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Dive deeper into scriptures of multiple traditions. This group will read scripture together from various traditions to learn how persons of different faiths understand and relate to their sacred texts.

Cinematic Conversations

October 15, 2019 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

This month we will be viewing Tel Aviv on Fire. Synopsis:  Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli...

Friendly Chess Players

October 16, 2019 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Play a friendly game of chess and enjoy good conversation!

Foodies - Fall Favorites

October 16, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join Interfaith Foodies as we enjoy a Fall Potluck! Please bring a favorite dish to share. No cost this month!

Science & Religion

October 17, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Abrahamic Religions: An Interfaith Dialogue

October 21, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Join us for an important interfaith dialogue among speakers from Judaic, Christian and Islamic traditions. SEE FLYER HERE

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