The Sylvia and Richard Kaufman Interfaith Institute is committed to facilitating greater interfaith understanding and mutual acceptance. Sylvia Kaufman initiated the first community dialogue in West Michigan on interfaith issues in 1989. Since then, hundreds of scholars, clergy, community members and students from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths have come together triannually for the Interfaith Dialogue Conference.
In honor of Sylvia Kaufman's decades of commitment to promoting understanding among faiths, the Sylvia and Richard Kaufman Interfaith Institute was created in 2007 at Grand Valley State University, and it continues to work in cooperation with the West Michigan Academic Consortium and the Congregations and Community Councils for Interfaith Understanding.
The Interfaith Archives Collection at the Grand Valley Library extends the Kaufman Interfaith Institute’s mission and vision by preserving and honoring the diversity of faith communities that call West Michigan home.
Find out more about the Kaufman Interfaith Institute here.
Richard A. Rhem papers Richard Rhem is pastor emeritus of Christ Community Church in Spring Lake, Michigan.