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


Remembering Dick Kaufman and his Religious Pursuits

May 16, 2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

A Symposium in honor of Richard Kaufman 2-4 PM: Afternoon Seminar: Remembering Richard Kaufman and his religious pursuits.   Donniel Hartman, Orthodox Rabbi and President of Shalom Hartman...

Conversion: Jewish and Christian Perspectives

May 16, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

A Symposium in honor of Richard Kaufman 7-9 PM: Evening Lecture: Presentations by Donniel Hartman, Rich Mouw, and Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi Rabbi Donniel Hartman is President of the Shalom...

Interfaith Council Luncheon

April 25, 2019 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Join us for our monthly Interfaith Council Luncheon. Suggested donation: $10/person Launched in September 2014, the Interfaith Service Council is a vibrant initiative of the Kaufman...

Mustafa Akyol: What do Muslims Think about Jesus?

April 25, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Mustafa Akyol is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, where he focuses on the intersection of public policy, Islam, and modernity. A Turkish journalist...

Scriptural Reasoning

April 30, 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.

Tuesday Tabletalk: Hearing Young Wisdom Interfaith Voices

April 30, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Tuesday Tabletalk: Hearing Young Wisdom Interfaith Voices

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