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Giving Tuesday &
Monthly At-A-Glance: December Programs
November 29, 2022
Kaufman Interfaith Institute


This Giving Tuesday, we’re showcasing our Next Generation programs.The youth programming offered by Kaufman Interfaith Institute has been a huge success story. Buoyed by the overwhelming response to tried and true programs over the last five years, the Institute is establishing Kaufman Interfaith Forward: The Next Generation as we look to ensure the future of interfaith leadership.As these youth programs have grown, Kaufman has been able to offer mentorship and training on implicit bias, power and privilege, intersectional identities, being an ally and influencer as well as foundational tools of presentation, professional speaking and storytelling. Yes, the themes expressed here seem lofty and challenging, but the work is driven by the young leaders involved. That means programs are engaging, motivating, interactive, impactful and fun.To read more about our next generation programs, visit: Kaufman Interfiath Forward: The Next GenerationTo help support these efforts, visit: https://www.gvsu.edu/interfaith/donate-24.htm
An Evening in December: From Grieving to Joy
Featuring Rev. Woong-Sik (Timothy) Chon
Tuesday December 6th, 6:30-8:30pm
Catholic Information Center, Grand Rapids
In this time of resilience, each of us finds ourselves somewhere between grieving and joy. The Advent season welcomes God’s grace into our hearts so that we can find healing. Rev. Woong-Sik (Timothy) Chon is the Pastor of North Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lansing, Michigan. Timothy is a Presbyterian (USA) ordained minister of word and sacrament. As an artist-pastor, Rev. Chon works with faith communities in their united journeys from grief into joy by prayerfully co-creating visual liturgies.

This ecumenical, community-wide event is sponsored by Bethlehem Lutheran, Cathedral of Saint Andrew, St. Mark’s Episcopal, Westminster Presbyterian, the Catholic Information Center, and the Kaufman Interfaith Institute. Join the Catholic Information Center in person or online. The event is free, though contributions are requested in support of Artists Creating Together, a non-profit organization that provides art and creative expression programming throughout West Michigan.

Pre-registration required. For more information and to register
, click here.

Light the Night
Thursday December 15th, 5:00-8:00pm

The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM)

Make the most of one of the longest nights of the year with activities exploring how light is celebrated in cultures around the world! The Kaufman Interfaith Institute and the GRAM present this event for guests of all ages which features representatives from several groups in our community, each sharing their culture’s emphasis on celebrating light. 

Activities include creating light-up holiday cards, chatting with docents in the galleries about artwork inspired by light, a scavenger hunt with prizes, and interactive experiences led by the community groups from the Kaufman Interfaith Institute, including presentations on Judaism, Hinduism, Christianity, and the Bahá’í Faith.
All activities and general admission are free, and registration is not required. For more informationclick here.
Talking Together: Strengthening our communities through conversation
Tired of the toxic level of polarization in the U.S.? Interested in talking with people whose perspective differs from your own in ways that stay constructive? We invite you to join us for a year focused on creating a culture of conversation rather than division. 
The Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse, Kaufman Interfaith Institute, Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, and WGVU Public Media are pleased to partner for Talking Together: Strengthening our Communities through Conversation, a dialogue initiative aimed at interrupting polarization and investing in the principles of civil discourse and respectful conversation. Each month will feature at least one structured activity for students, staff, faculty, and community members to engage in conversation with one other across differences in perspective, identity, and life experiences.

Just for GVSU Students

Stress-Less Event, with GVSU Recreation & Wellness
Thursday December 8th 11:00am-2:00pm
Kirkhof Lobby, GVSU Allendale Campus
Feeling bogged down by end-of-semester stress? Join the Kaufman Interfaith Institute and the GVSU Recreation & Wellness team to unwind, even if just for a moment, during one of the busiest seasons of the year. We'll be set up in the main lobby of the Kirkhof Center to provide some fun de-stressing activities, unwinding resources & snacks, and hopefully a few moments of peace to any and all who are able to stop by.