Welcome to the 2018 Year of Interfaith Friendship!

Affinity Groups

These interfaith affinity groups provide safe and engaging spaces for you to meet people of different faith traditions or worldview while enjoying some of your favorite activities. Click on one of the groups below to begin the fun adventure of making some new friends! 

Interfaith Book Group

Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 1, 3-4:30 pm

3001 Seidman Center - 50 Front St SW

Scriptural Reasoning

Next Meeting: Tuesday, April 24, 4-5:30 pm

3001 L. William Seidman Center, 50 Front Street SW

Science & Religion

Next meeting: Thursday, April 26, 3-4:30 pm

1013 Seidman Center - 50 Front St SW

Interfaith Foodies

Next event:  Monday, April 23, 6 pm

Cooking Together!

Genesis United Methodist Church

Cinematic Conversations

Itzhak, Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 pm

Celebration Cinema Woodland

Interfaith and Interwoven

Meets Wednesdays at 10 am

Temple Emanuel 

Interfaith Fitness

Next Event: TBD

Medicine and Minds

Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 1, 7- 8:30 pm

140 Center for Health Sciences - 301 Michigan St NE

Chess Players

Thursdays, 7-9 pm, Chapbook Cafe, Schuler Books & Music

Wednesdays, 12-1 pm, Rising Grinds Cafe 

Contemplative Traditions

Next Meeting: Monday, April 30, 6:30 - 8 pm

Dominican Center at Marywood - 2025 Fulton St E

Interfaith Imagination

Next Event: Monday, April 16, 6 - 9 pm

Don't Live in Grand Rapids?

For those from other cities or communities who would be interested in participating in developing interfaith friendships in your area, we'd be happy to help you get something started!

Simply fill out the form here, and one of our staff will contact you shortly!

Upcoming Events

Portraits of American Muslims: Civility in a Pluralistic Community

April 24, 2018 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The World Affairs Council of Western Michigan is pleased to partner with the Kent District Library on a three-part series that explores ways to make our community one that’s characterized by...

Celebrate Ridvan - Annual Luncheon

April 29, 2018 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Please come and join us as we Celebrate Ridvan with our 2018 Annual Potluck Luncheon  The program includes a potluck luncheon, devotions and music.  Friends are most welcome!  Hosted...

Walk for Good Food

May 6, 2018 1:30 PM

Join us for the Access Walk for Good Food (formerly the Access Hunger Walk) at Park Church at 1:30 pm.  The Walk helps to raise money to support local non-profits who work to reduce poverty in...

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How Else Can I Get Involved?

Join the Interfaith Council

Next Meeting: April 26, 11:30 am at the Dominican Center at Marywood. Come enjoy a great lunch and meet some new friends!

To RSVP for the lunch, Click Here!

Sign Up for the Interfaith Insight 

A weekly e-newsletter that always features an interesting look into the world of interfaith and upcoming events. Stay in the loop!

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Consider Making a Donation

We invite you to be a part of our work by becoming a Friend, Supporter, or Partner of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute. 

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