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."


Cinematic Conversations

August 20, 2019 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

This month's film is Free Trip To Egypt (Click here for trailer) - Rated NR Film Synopsis: Tarek Mounib (a Canadian-Egyptian Muslim) decides to reach out to the very people who fear...

Interfaith Council Luncheon

August 22, 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...

Science & Religion

September 5, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Contemplative Traditions Group

September 9, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Practicing Interspiritual Companioning

Interfaith & Interwoven

September 10, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Knitting together for peace, justice, and healing

Interfaith Book Group

September 10, 2019 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Reading Why Religion? and The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels

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As a Canadian Egyptian and a Muslim, entrepreneur Tarek Mounib has a lofty goal: to unite Muslims and those Americans who fear them. Join Cinematic Conversations to watch Free Trip To Egypt Tuesday August 20 at Celebration Woodland in #GrandRapids! Screening starts at 6:30
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