Interfaith Council

Upcoming Luncheon Date

Our next Interfaith Council Luncheon will take place on Thursday, October 25, from 11:30 am-1:30 pm at the Dominican Center at Marywood (2025 Fulton St East, Grand Rapids, MI 49503).

There is no cost, but donations are appreciated.

Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.

Launched in September 2014, the Interfaith Service Council is a vibrant initiative of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute and its partners - including congregations, non-profits, universities, secular organizations, and individuals. Now in it's third year, convened with the resources and expertise of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute, the Interfaith Service Council provides a safe space for relationships to grow, explores issues that affect our community, and develops interfaith efforts and service opportunities to make West Michigan safe, healthy, and welcoming to all.   

Why Interfaith Service?

Interfaith Service is an effort to cultivate broad community engagement through shared service experiences, building bridges between diverse traditions in West Michigan. Holding the belief that religion can be a tool for peace, the goal is to inspire cooperation and meaningful action between various religious and non-religious communities. We aim to empower our community to not only serve our neighbors, but to get to know one another in authentic relationships that will lead to understanding, cooperation, and a greater impact on our community’s most pressing issues. 

How do I get involved? 

If you are interested in joining with us, either as an individual or organizational participant, or have any questions, please contact Kyle Kooyers to let us know!

Interfaith Service Council Task Forces

At the October '16 meeting of the Interfaith Service Council, the council decided to form Task Forces in order to better focus our time and energy towards areas that we believe are important to address as an interfaith community of West Michigan. To accomplish this, we have switched to an every-other-month schedule that alternates between the Task Force Meetings and the full Service Council Luncheons. You are welcome to check out and join any of our Task Forces by contacting the point persons listed below!

Dates/Times/Locations of meetings may change, so please email the point person of your group to confirm.

Youth & Interfaith Engagement

Engaging middle, high school, and college aged students, this inter-generational group seeks to bring young people into interfaith work through shared meals, service, and events, as well as explores ways to better educate students about different traditions.  

Point Person: Jay Kalis 


Women & Gender

Exploring topics from sexual violence to LGBTQ experiences in religious communities, this group explores resources to understand how religious communities can be formed to better understand gender identities and topics.

Point Person: Madelyn Thompson 


Racial and Religious Identity

Examining topics of diversity and inclusion, this group is working to combat the hate rhetoric in our culture by building bridges between religious and non-religious traditions and seeking out marginalized perspectives and voices of color in interfaith dialogue.

Point Person: Sister Mary Brigid Clingman 

Interfaith Service Council Sponsors

Partners (giving at the $200 level)

  • Baha'is of Cascade Township
  • Calvin College
  • Calvin Theological Seminary
  • Catholic Information Center
  • Central Reformed Church
  • Christian Reformed Church in North America
  • Interfaith Dialogue Association
  • Samaritas
  • Temple Emanuel

Members (giving at the $100 level)

  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan - Grand Valley Deanery 
  • Grand Rapids Baha'i Community
  • Holland Baha'i Community
  • Holland Home/Faith Hospice
  • Making Choices Michigan
  • Two Churches: Holy Cross Episcopal and Ascension Lutheran
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church
  • Dominican Center at Marywood

September 2014 Announcement & Community Dialogue

GR Press

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