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


Cinematic Conversations: Winter Interfaith Movie Cohort - Faces Places 

March 20, 2018 6:30 PM

Tired of the cold? Looking to make some new friends? Join us to view and discuss independent films this winter at Celebration! Cinema at Woodland Mall (3195 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512). This...

A Taste of the Passover

March 21, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

A Taste of the Passover is an evening that will include a sampling of the traditions of the Passover seder, including music and holiday readings, a light dinner, and an opportunity to ask...

Sigal Lecture: Social Justice as a Faith-Based Imperative

April 10, 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Kaufman Interfaith Institute and Campus Interfaith Resources will be bringing in the Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe for our annual Sigal Lecture.  Henry-Crowe is the chief executive...

The Annual Abrahamic Dinner w/ Niagara Foundation

April 17, 2018 6:00 PM

Niagara Foundation, along with the Kaufman Interfaith Institute, organizes the Abrahamic Dinner every year for the purpose of strengthening friendship and understanding among three Abrahamic...

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...

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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.

Religion 101 on WGVU: December Interview

December 15, 2017

Dr. Doug Kindschi, Reverend Robert Linstrom and Rabbi Michael Schadick join Shelley Irwin to discuss the holiday season.

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

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