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


Birth of the Bab - Baha'i

October 20, 2018 All Day

Contemplative Traditions Group

October 22, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Practicing Interspiritual Companioning

Interfaith and Interwoven

October 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Interfaith Dialogue: Faith, Work & Life

October 23, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Does the faith tradition you live everyday in your personal life have an impact on who you are and what you do in your professional life? Our panelists will discuss their own lived experiences and...

Interfaith Book Group

October 23, 2018 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Cinematic Conversations: I Am Not a Witch

October 23, 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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Student cohort strengthens interfaith conversations on college campuses

October 17, 2018

A collaborative internship program between five local colleges, including Grand Valley, is providing students with opportunities to develop their interfaith leadership skills and generate interfaith conversations on their own campuses.

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.

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