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Interfaith Inform
May 10, 2022
Kaufman Interfaith Institute


Celebrating the Leadership of Douglas Kindschi

This past week, our director, P. Douglas Kindschi, was recognized by the Grand Valley University Foundation for his commitment to philanthropy, service and the university. Doug received the Arend D. Lubbers Award, which recognizes longtime faculty and staff members for service to the university and community. During his 45-year career at Grand Valley, Kindschi has helped build the foundation of the university’s STEM programs. 

Doug was appointed as founding director of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute in 2010 and has led dynamic community-wide programming such as our 2012 Year of Interfaith Understanding, 2015 Year of Interfaith Service, 2018 Year of Interfaith Friendship, and the 2021 Year of Interfaith Healing - along with numerous dialogues, conferences, and initiatives to promote interfaith understanding and acceptance. He continues to direct the work of the Insitute as we look to the future of interfaith cooperation.
Congratulations to Doug for receiving this honor! 
Upcoming Events
2022 Youth Interfaith Service Day Camps 

Intro to Interfaith & Cross-Cultural Understanding: June 13-17
Justice & Equity Immersion: June 20-24
Our Interfaith Service Day Camps provide an introduction to the world of interfaith leadership through visiting sacred sites and building community through service.  Students will build friendships while working with a variety of service organizations doing incredible work in our community. It is an excellent opportunity to engage with peers and neighbors of a variety of cultures, traditions, and world views. 
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Building Vibrant Communities 
Sunday, May 22 - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. - GVSU Eberhard Center
The purpose of this conference is to initiate a process for social change where all have the opportunity to work together for the betterment of society.

This conference draws upon Baha'i teachings about the oneness of humanity, and its role in social progress and racial unity. Attendees can expect a gathering that welcomes diverse cultures in unity and loving fellowship. There will be presentations, small group discussions, devotions, arts, music, food and more. Families are especially welcome, as are young adults and teens.
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Minding Your Mind: Staying Centered...  
Saturday, May 21 - 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Trinity Lutheran Church
Please join our interfaith community for a morning of mental health awareness and connection. Together we will learn more about caring for our minds individually and collectively. Our Keynote speaker is Dr. Cynthia Kok, MSW, PhD who will be speaking about mental wellbeing, destigmatizing mental illness, and coping with today’s stressors (i.e. 2 years of a pandemic, political tensions, war). There will be breakout sessions relating to anxiety, depression, how to find the right therapy, suicide prevention and teen support as well as experiential offerings
like walking a labyrinth and mindful doodling! 
Click here for more information and registration.