Staff & Contact Information
Doug Kindschi is the founding director of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute. He is also a Professor of Mathematics and Philosophy at Grand Valley State University, and was previously Dean of Sciences at GVSU for 28 years. With a unique path of starting in science and ending up in religion, Kindschi is particularly interested in the relationship between the two fields. After spending 7 months at the Cambridge Interfaith Programme in Cambridge, England, Kindschi has returned to Grand Rapids with new interfaith initiatives in the community as well as internationally.
Katie is the Program Manager of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute as well as the Interfaith Services Coordinator with the Division of Inclusion & Equity at GVSU. With a bachelor’s degree in Political Science & Religious Studies from Alma College and a Master’s of Interfaith Action from Claremont Lincoln University, Katie bridges her academic interest in inter-religious affairs to the practical work of promoting interfaith cooperation. Additionally, as an alumna of the Interfaith Youth Core and member of their Speakers Bureau, Katie often speaks on campuses about how interfaith connects to civic engagement, social change, intersectionality, non-religious communities, and the Millennial generation.
Senior Research Fellow:
Kelly James Clark is the Senior Research Fellow at Kaufman, as well as a professor in the Honors College at GVSU. He works on religious liberty and tolerance, philosophy of religion, ethics, science and religion, and Chinese thought and culture. He is the author, editor, or co-author of more than twenty books and author of over sixty articles. His books include Religion and the Sciences of Origins, Abraham’s Children: Liberty and Tolerance in an Age of Religious Conflict, and forthcoming book, God and the Brain: the science of the mind and the rationality of belief/unbelief. Clark was recently awarded a $1 million Templeton grant to direct an interfaith project with Muslims, Christians and Jews in Turkey, Israel, Iran, Jordan, Pakistan, Qatar, the United States, and Indonesia. He write a blog, mostly on issues of interfaith and politics, for the Huffington Post.
Directions: We are located within the Grand Valley State University Center for Health Sciences building, on the corner of Michigan & Lafayette. There is a parking garage in the bottom floors of the building, with the entrance located off of Lafayette St (close to the I-196 overpass highway). Please contact us to receive a parking pass for the garage.