Welcome to a Community of Interfaith Understanding!


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. 

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."


Interfaith Council Luncheon

November 21, 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...

A Night with Sh. Yusuf Estes

November 22, 2019 5:45 PM

Join us for a Night of Spirituality with Sh. Yusuf Estes. This is part of our Friday sermons and Post-Maghrib Program. Everyone is welcome! FLYER HERE

Annual Thanksgiving Celebration

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

The Grand Rapids Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration has been celebrated annually since the year 2000. The event features participation from a wide variety of Christian denominations and representatives...

Interfaith & Interwoven

November 26, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Knitting together for peace, justice, and healing

Friendly Chess Players

November 27, 2019 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Play a friendly game of chess and enjoy good conversation!

Contemplative Traditions Group

December 2, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Practicing Interspiritual Companioning

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