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."

Science & Religion

May 30, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

We are discussing Sapiens by Yuval Noah Narari

A Conversation with Nicholas Wolterstorff

June 3, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

a conversation with Nicholas Wolterstorff led by Kelly James Clark with an introduction by Alvin Plantinga   In this World of Wonders will be available for sale

Interfaith Council Luncheon

June 6, 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...

Foodies - Spring Fare

June 10, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Our June Foodies event will be enjoying "Fresh & Seasonal Spring Fare." This is a family-friendly event and does have a small cost of $10/adult and $5/child. 

Scriptural Reasoning

June 11, 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.

Science & Religion

June 13, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

We are discussing Sapiens by Yuval Noah Narari

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Join us tomorrow night at Celebration Cinema (Woodland) for a screening and discussion of 3 Faces, Jafar Panahi's 4th film since the Iranian government imposed a two decade filmmaking ban on him. More info here: facebook.com/events/3494130… #GrandRapids #Interfaith
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Our conversation with Nicholas Wolterstorff is coming up. The discussion will be led by Kelly James Clark with an introduction by Alvin Plantinga. Join us on June 3! #Philosophy #GrandRapids More info here: facebook.com/events/1068873…

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