Welcome to a Community of Interfaith Understanding!


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.

Shaping Narratives trailer

Be sure to check out this incredible PBS episode featuring our friends Rishi Singh and Lin Thomas. Congratulations to the Sikh Society of West Michigan and WGVU for an amazing segment!  

Join WGVU in England as Rishi Singh, a devout Sikh businessman, leads Lin Thomas, a Native American woman from West Michigan on an immersive experience at a Gurdwara in London. Discover parallel histories and struggles, common values and dreams as well as distinct customs in a unique experience, on Meeting God.


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

Interfaith Leadership Lecture

March 9, 2020 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Petra Alsoofy, one of the founding members of Grand Valley State Universities Muslim Student Association and the Outreach and Partnerships Manager at Institute for Social Policy and Understanding...

DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy

March 16, 2020 6:00 PM

West Michigan Health Care Ethics Conference 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration Fee: $45.00 Open to the public. Payment can be made on-line by credit card or via mail by check. DeVos Medical Ethics...

2020 Grand Rapids Community Interfaith Seder

March 24, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This event is an opportunity to experience a full seder using a Passover prayer book written for Interfaith Seders.  It is called Welcome to the Seder: A Passover Haggadah for Everyone, written...

Interfaith Council Breakfast

February 27, 2020 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Join us for our monthly Interfaith Council Breakfast (NOTE OUR NEW TIME!). Suggested donation: $10/person Launched in September 2014, the Interfaith Service Council is a vibrant...

Interfaith & Interwoven

March 3, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Knitting together for peace, justice, and healing

Foodies - Mexican Cooking

March 4, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

We will gather in March to enjoy Fresh and Flavorful Mexican cooking!   The cost for the meal is $10/person.

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