Welcome to a Community of Interfaith Understanding!


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."

Upcoming Kaufman Events


Scriptural Reasoning

February 19, 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 - Cold War

February 19, 2019 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

This month we will be having a screening and discussion of the movie, Cold War (Click here for trailer), as a part of Cinematic Conversations at Celebration! Cinema...

The Annual Abrahamic Dinner

February 20, 2019 6:00 PM

2019 Theme - Listening to New Voices: The Next Generation Speaks Speakers: Tuba Jaherun, Muslim Student at Calvin College Allie Egrin, Jewish Student and Hillel President at Grand...

The Character Gap

February 21, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

In preparation for the Grand Dialogue on March 16, we will be discussing Christian Miller's The Character Gap.

Grief as a Spiritual Teacher

February 25, 2019 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

This workshop will explore, honor and respect universal themes across  different cultures and faith traditions. We will look at grief, death, and dying from a new perspective as our spiritual...

Interfaith Book Group

February 26, 2019 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Reading Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths by Bruce Feiler

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