GVSU Interfaith Resources

At GVSU, we seek to support and celebrate the religious, secular, and spiritual diversity of our campus. As a unit within the Division of Inclusion and Equity, the Kaufman Interfaith Institute works to both accommodate the unique needs of various faith-based groups on campus while also proactively appreciating the richness of our diversity through educational and engaging programs.

Visit to Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple

Find Your Home

The GVSU Community is as diverse in faith, belief and philosophy of life as it is in other regards. There are lots of student organizations representing different religious, secular and spiritual beliefs. If you're looking to connect with a nearby faith community, we've also compiled a list of local houses of worship.

Campus Holi Celebration


Student Organizations

Faith-based, spiritual, and secular student organizations serve to enhance a student's spiritual life while providing fellowship & outreach opportunities.

Click through the gallery on the left to learn more about student organizations at GVSU.

If you don't see a student organization for your tradition or want more info about various student organizations, please fill out the form to the right.

Our staff meets regularly with the advisors of these groups allowing for great connections between us and our student organizations.

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Quick Finds and FAQs

No! Our programs our open to everyone.  We've folks who identify as Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, Atheist, Agnostic, Secular Humanist, Buddhist, Hindu and many more take part in our programming and events.  The whole idea is to get a wide range of identities around religion together for conversations or for learning about one another.  

Kaufman Interfaith Institute does not organize religious services. We are happy to connect folks to a  local house of worship or a  student organization. Many of our student organizations will host bible studies, shabbat dinners, or jumu'ah prayers.  

GVSU is committed to helping our students, faculty and staff thrive on campus.  We have a  Religious Inclusion Policy that acknowledges the right of students, staff, and faculty to engage in religious observances.  Part of that policy grants religious accommodations if there is a conflict with a holy day and a class.  If a conflict with a religious observance exists, students must request a religious accommodation from their faculty within the first two weeks of each semester or as soon as reasonably possible after the instructor announces a particular mandatory class, examination, or assignment so that alternative arrangements can be made for any class, examinations, or assignments missed.  Request a Religious Accommodation.  

Thanks to resolutions by Student Senate and the University Academic Senate an interfaith reflection room was created in the Kirkhof Center in 2015.  Because of GVSU's growing downtown presence and a resolution passed by Student Senate, a temporary reflection room for meditation and prayer has been created from 12-5pm on the Pew Campus and a full time reflection room was created in CHS. These spaces are designed for students of all faiths/non-faiths to practice their traditions authentically and safely on GVSU's campus. More information

While our list is not exhaustive at all, we have worked to get a list of various houses of worship in the local West Michigan community.  You can find that list by clicking the button below.  

Local Religious, Spiritual and Secular Communities  

GVSU students participate in Langar at the Sikh Gurdwara


INTERFAITH REFLECTION ROOMS

Thanks to resolutions by Student Senate and the University Academic Senate an interfaith reflection room was created in the Kirkhof Center in 2015.  Because of GVSU's growing downtown presence and a resolution passed by Student Senate, a temporary reflection room for meditation and prayer has been created from 12-5 p.m. on the Pew Campus and a full time reflection room was created in CHS.  These spaces are designed for students of all faiths/non-faiths to practice their traditions authentically and safely on GVSU's campus. More info

GVSU student prays


Site visit at St. Nick's orthodox church

GVSU POLICIES

In accordance with the Religious Inclusion Policy, GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations for faculty, staff and students to observe their religious beliefs, except where accommodating the request would result in undue hardship on the University in its mission, operation or in meeting its academic standards.

If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please complete a Request for Religious Accommodation and submit it to your professor within the first two weeks of each semester or as soon as reasonably possible. For further information regarding this procedure, please see the Religious Inclusion Policy.

Made in Michigan Interfaith Leadership Lab


Site visit to Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple

Jewish scripture reading

tour of local masjid

Site visit to St. Joseph the worker


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