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


An Evening at GRAM with Islamic Art

August 16, 2018 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Check out the Islamic art exhibits before they leave GRAM! We will have the opportunity to take an Interfaith tour of the Grand Rapids Art Museum and see their new exhibitions, Mirror Variations...

Lunch & Learn at GRAM

August 21, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Free Bring your lunch and join GRAM for a free Lunch and Learn presented with Kaufman Interfaith Institute. Hear from Dr. Anne Heath, Associate Professor of Art History and Director of the...

Cinematic Conversations: First Reformed

August 21, 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...

Interfaith Council Luncheon

August 23, 2018 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Join us for our August Interfaith Council Luncheon on Thursday, August 23, from 11:30 am-1:30 pm at the Dominican Center at Marywood (2025 Fulton St East, Grand Rapids,...

Interfaith Foodies - Ethiopian

August 28, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us on August 28.  We will be meeting at 6 pm at the Gursha Ethiopian Restaurant - 4301 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. We are not collecting money in advance as everyone will...

We Remember: Interfaith Memorial Event

September 5, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us in community at the We Remember: Interfaith Memorial Event to remember all those we love. In an inspirational and touching evening of music, reflection, prayer, and activities we will celebrate...

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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.

Religion 101 on WGVU: May Interview

May 18, 2018

Joining Shelley Irwin is Kaufman Director Dr. Doug Kindschi from Cambridge and Kyle Kooyers in studio.

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