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We are pleased to announce that once again an anonymous donor has pledged to match each individual gift of up to $5,000 between now and February 2022. We ask you to partner with us to meet this financial opportunity as we undertake an exciting and innovative 2022.

Gifts of $100 or more will be recognized at the following levels:

  • Friend $100 - $499    
  • Supporter $500 - $999    
  • Partner $1,000 - $4,999    
  • Benefactor $5,000 or more

Friends, Supporters, Partners, and Benefactors of the Kaufman Institute receive advance notices of special receptions and events. Please consider this opportunity to help bring understanding and peace as we seek respect for all persons in our increasingly diverse communities. Thank you very much for your generous support.

The Kaufman Interfaith Institute is completing 2021 – Year of Interfaith Healing with our four emphases on:

  • Healing our bodies in a time of pandemic – cooperated with the DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy webinar on Religion and Health with an interfaith panel
  • Healing our Earth – five webinars and workshops on interfaith global climate efforts
  • Healing our racial disparity – weekly book discussion groups on early racial justice leaders
  • Healing our political polarization – training workshops with One America and current book group reading Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times

Last month we held our Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration at Trinity Lutheran Church. The November 22 event was livestreamed, providing our guests with the opportunity to either attend in person or virtually. Whether you were able to join us at the church or online, it was a great time to come together and give thanks.

The Interfaith Academic Consortium conference is being postponed to April 2022. It will be in person and feature Dr. David Nirenberg, Dean of the Divinity School at the University of Chicago.

Our partnership with the Fetzer Institute will continue into next year and includes a new agreement with the Aspen Institute to update and republish their 2015 study, Interfaith Engagement in West Michigan.

We are also excited to expand the youth work that began with the Wege Foundation. Our “Next Generation” focus empowers middle and high school students through our Kaufman Scholars Program and Interfaith Day Camps, as activities on college campuses continue under the leadership of our Interfaith Interns.

We continue our outreach through our weekly newsletter, Interfaith Inform, going to over 2,500 people each Tuesday and added a Friday Weekly Watch, a short video featuring interfaith themes and music clips. The Interfaith Insight continues to be sent out each week as a part of the Inform. 

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This fund is dedicated to the Kaufman Institute's annual conferences that explore ideas on a community-wide scale and in interfaith contexts, including the triannual Jewish-Christian-Muslim Dialogue.