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!


JUNE 18-21, 2018

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Welcome to a Community of Interfaith Understanding!

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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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Upcoming Events


Know Your Neighbor: Introduction to Grand Haven's Faiths and Philosophies

June 11, 2018 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM

This is Lakeshore Interfaith @ the Bridge’s first event! We would like to invite all Tri-cities and surrounding area residents to join us as we get to know the world views and perspectives of...

Lunch & Learn: The Influence of Light and Shadow in Islamic Architecture

June 19, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Join us in Cook Auditorium for a Lunch and Learn discussion focusing on the influence of light and shadow in Islamic architecture. The architecture of a building – the enclosed space –...

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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.

Religion 101 on WGVU: April Interview

April 20, 2018

Kyle Kooyers and Zahabia Ahmed-Usmani from the Kaufman Interfaith Institute join Shelley Irwin.

Interfaith dinner honors clergy after group trip to Jerusalem

April 16, 2018

The clergy from West Michigan traveled to Jerusalem in January partly because they wanted to understand each other's faiths better. They reflected on the trip as they gathered for dinner in Ada, on Monday night.

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"Through interfaith dialogue and service, we promote a vibrant and diverse community for all generations."

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