Welcome to a Community of Interfaith Understanding!


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. 

How might you join the story?

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."


Interfaith & Interwoven

September 17, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Knitting together for peace, justice, and healing

Reading Each Other's Scriptures

September 17, 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.

ORAY Film and Panel Discussion

September 17, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Aquinas College will be presenting the film ORAY which will be followed by a panel discussion.  View trailer here The film screening starts at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm). PANELISTS:   -...

Friendly Chess Players

September 18, 2019 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Play a friendly game of chess and enjoy good conversation!

Foodies - Jewish Brunch

September 18, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join Interfaith Foodies as we kick off our third year of food, festivities and fun. This time we will prepare and enjoy a Jewish brunch. Our meal will consist of bagels and lox. blintzes, noodle...

Science & Religion

September 19, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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