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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2018 YOUTH INTERFAITH SERVICE DAY CAMP (JUNE 18-21, 2018)
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?
"Through interfaith dialogue and service, we promote a vibrant and diverse community for all generations."
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 –...
June 19, 2018 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Dive deeper into scriptures of multiple traditions.
June 19, 2018 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Join us in viewing the film RBG as a part of our Cinematic Conversations affinity group at Celebration! Cinema Woodland. This screening will take place on Tuesday June 19, 2018 at 6:30pm. Tickets are...
June 26, 2018 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Discussing Allah: A Christian Response by Miroslav Volf
June 28, 2018 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Our next Interfaith Council Luncheon will take place on Thursday, June 28, from 11:30 am-1:30 pm at the Dominican Center at Marywood (2025 Fulton St East, Grand Rapids,...
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May 18, 2018
Joining Shelley Irwin is Kaufman Director Dr. Doug Kindschi from Cambridge and Kyle Kooyers in studio.
April 20, 2018
Kyle Kooyers and Zahabia Ahmed-Usmani from the Kaufman Interfaith Institute join Shelley Irwin.
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.