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. 

How might you join the story?


Upcoming Events


Portraits of American Muslims: Civility in a Pluralistic Community

April 24, 2018 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan is pleased to partner with the Kent District Library on a three-part series that explores ways to make our community one that’s characterized by...

Celebrate Ridvan - Annual Luncheon

April 29, 2018 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Please come and join us as we Celebrate Ridvan with our 2018 Annual Potluck Luncheon  The program includes a potluck luncheon, devotions and music.  Friends are most welcome!  Hosted...

Walk for Good Food

May 6, 2018 1:30 PM

Join us for the Access Walk for Good Food (formerly the Access Hunger Walk) at Park Church at 1:30 pm.  The Walk helps to raise money to support local non-profits who work to reduce poverty in...

Tuesday Tabletalk - Forgiveness: A Response to Hate, An Interfaith Conversation

May 8, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

In this Tuesday Tabletalk - Forgiveness: A Response to Hate, explore the teachings on forgiveness that are found in all faith traditions. We have all suffered due to the wrongs done to us. Others have...

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Religion 101 on WGVU: March Interview

March 16, 2018

Dr. Doug Kindschi, Rabbi Michael Schadick and Rev Chandler Stokes join Shelley Irwin.

Religion 101 on WGVU: February Interview

February 16, 2018

Dr. Doug Kindschi, Kyle Kooyers, and Dr Sahibzada, Imam of the Islamic Center and Mosque in Grand Rapids, join us to discuss upcoming programming.

Religion 101 on WGVU: January Interview

January 19, 2018

Dr. Doug Kindschi, Rishi Makkar and Kyle Kooyers discuss upcoming events for the 2018 Year of Interfaith Friendship.

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

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