West Michigan Interfaith Council

Launched in September 2014, the West Michigan Interfaith 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 fifth year, convened with the resources and expertise of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute, the West Michigan Interfaith Council provides a healthy 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!


Interfaith Council Lunch

What Are We About?

We strive to cultivate broad community engagement through deep dialogue, long-term partnerships, shared service experiences, and bridge-building 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. 


Meeting Dates

The Interfaith Council Luncheon takes place on the 4th Thursday* of the month from 11:30 am-1:30 pm at the Dominican Center at Marywood (2025 Fulton St East, Grand Rapids, MI 49503).

If you are interested in attending the next luncheon, either as an individual or organizational participant, we'd be thrilled for you to join us! 

Membership is not required to attend. There is no cost, but a $10 donations is appreciated to offset he cost of lunch.

*There may be some exceptions due to religious holidays.

Upcoming Luncheon

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

Suggested donation: $10/person

Planning to attend? RSVP Here!


Membership in the Interfaith Council

The Interfaith Council affords its institutional members (organizations and congregations) the opportunity to connect with neighbors of diverse spiritual, secular, and religious traditions; to develop relationships of mutual support and solidarity; and to focus our collective time and energy towards issues that we believe are important to address as the interfaith community of West Michigan.

Representatives

To ensure a sustained partnership, we ask that each of our institutional members (organizations and congregations) designate a primary contact person and commit to sending at least one representative to each meeting of the Interfaith Council.

Interfaith Council Lunch Room

Annual Contribution

Additionally, we ask that each of our institutional members (organizations and congregations) make an annual contribution of $200 as an investment in our collective work. These funds go to offset the cost of our monthly luncheons and help supplement the initiatives and projects of the Interfaith Council.

Become A Member Today!

To become a partner in this vital work as an institutional member (organization or congregation), click HERE to sign up!

Checks can be made out to "Kaufman Interfaith Institute at GVSU" with "Interfaith Council" in the memo line.

Mail to:

Kaufman Interfaith Institute

Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences

301 Michigan St. NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


2019 West Michigan Interfaith Council Members

Congregational Members

  • Baha'i Community of Grand Rapids
  • Cathedral of Saint Andrew / Diocese of Grand Rapids
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Islamic Mosque & Religious Institute (Masjid At-Tawheed)
  • St. Mark's Episcopal Church
  • Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church

Organizational Members

  • Campus Interfaith Resources
  • Emmanuel Hospice
  • Faith Hospice
  • Interfaith Dialogue Association
  • Kaufman Interfaith Institute
  • Micah Center


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