Welcome to a Community of Interfaith Understanding!

2018 is the Year of Interfaith Friendship!

Our interfaith affinity groups bring families and individuals together around common interests in ways that develop personal relationships and friendships. There are currently seven groups meeting regularly with others to be added in the near future.  They are organized around such interests as cinema, book reading, fitness, scriptural reading, knitting, art, medicine, and contemplative traditions. Click here for more information or to sign up!

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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. 

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

Upcoming Events


Interfaith Book Group

June 26, 2018 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Discussing Allah: A Christian Response by Miroslav Volf

Interfaith Foodies

June 26, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Cooking vegetarian Indian/Pakistani cuisine!

Interfaith Council Luncheon

June 28, 2018 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Our next Interfaith Council Luncheon will take place on Thursday, June 28, from 11:30 am-1:30 pm at the Dominican Center at Marywood (2025 Fulton St East, Grand Rapids,...

Science & Religion Group

June 28, 2018 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Discussing The Science of Virtue by Mark McMinn

An Evening at GRAM with the Sikh Community

June 28, 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join for an evening of art and learning with our Sikh Neighbors here in Grand Rapids!   This event will feature a mini-documentary on life as a Sikh in West Michigan followed by an...

Interfaith Imaginations - Decorative Lanterns at the GRAM

July 12, 2018 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Interfaith Imagination will host our next event at the GRAM on July 12th from 6-9 pm. Under the instruction of our friends at Carolyn Stich's studio we will learn how to cut craft foam...

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Religion 101 on WGVU: May Interview

May 18, 2018

Joining Shelley Irwin is Kaufman Director Dr. Doug Kindschi from Cambridge and Kyle Kooyers in studio.

Religion 101 on WGVU: April Interview

April 20, 2018

Kyle Kooyers and Zahabia Ahmed-Usmani from the Kaufman Interfaith Institute join Shelley Irwin.

Interfaith dinner honors clergy after group trip to Jerusalem

April 16, 2018

The clergy from West Michigan traveled to Jerusalem in January partly because they wanted to understand each other's faiths better. They reflected on the trip as they gathered for dinner in Ada, on Monday night.

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