The spirit of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute is represented in the cooperative programs held in the community to enlighten, inform, and promote inclusivity.
These events bring together diverse voices and faith traditions to find a common ground while still honoring individual experiences.
Whether it is working with others in the community to host a civilized discussion about polarizing issues or organizing a celebration that welcomes all and encourages learning through differences, the institute has found great success carrying out its mission through these community collaborations.
"Through interfaith dialogue and service, we promote a vibrant and diverse community for all generations. Beyond tolerance, we value hospitality, understanding, respect, and acceptance."
Kaufman's Weekly Interfaith Insight
"Spiritual responses to polarization" by Director Doug Kindschi
How can we respond to polarization in our communities and in our nation? Last week’s New York Times column by David Brooks identified the polarization not only in religious communities generally, but specifically in the white evangelical churches. It is so sad to see political polarization and strife infect our society right down to families and religious congregations. When a church community that preaches love and forgiveness descends to cursing, nastiness, and even death threats, we must all be concerned.
Are there spiritual practices that can help us in these times? Five years ago, the book “Finding Peace through Spiritual Practice” offers, as its subtitle suggests, a “Guide to Personal, Social, and Environmental Healing.” The three authors, a Jewish rabbi, a Christian pastor, and a Muslim imam, have since the 9/11 tragedy been working together to provide perspective and hope that seeks “an inner place of reconciliation of opposites and awakening to the reality of peace.”
Kaufman's Weekly Watch
Jon Meacham on our nation's current challenges
This week’s Interfaith Insight sought to provide historical and religious perspectives on our current situation. Historian Jon Meacham, author of The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, provides historical context for our challenges as a country. The following video from a recent interview with him helps us understand our current crisis while providing hope.