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Interfaith Inform
October 25, 2022
Kaufman Interfaith Institute


Watch - Mission Joy: Finding Happiness in Troubled Times
Mission: Joy – Finding Happiness in Troubled Times is an exploration of the remarkable friendship between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The film shares the humor and wisdom of two of the world’s most beloved icons. Poignant, powerful, and practical — see never-before-seen footage of profound conversations and outrageous moments between these two fast friends.
Join The Mosaic Film Experience, Celebration Cinema, and the Kaufman Interfaith Institute as we welcome award-winning photojournalist Jane Feldman to Grand Rapids for The Mosaic Film Experience’s screening of Mission: Joy on November 3rd, 7:00pm, at Studio Park. Information and ticket purchase can be found here: www.gvsu.edu/interfaith/joy 
Stories of Hope & Courage, October 26th 10:30am 
Temple Emanuel 
An interfaith program featuring stories of hope and courage from the Holocaust, with Cassandra Kroondyk, from Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, sharing vocal and violin music, accompanied by Dr. Ken Bos.
Dessert and coffee with e served following the program.
Please RSVP to bevkagan@hotmail.com to attend.
Interfaith Book Discussion - SEE NO STRANGER, November 2nd 2:00pm-3:30pm
Virtual via Zoom
We are pleased to announce that our book discussion for this season will be See No Stranger by Valarie Kaur, a renowned civil rights leader, lawyer, award-winning filmmaker, educator, innovator, and author.  The book was recommended by Grand Valley’s new provost and is being used by various campus groups as a reading book for discussion.  Her book is filled with personal stories and challenging messages for us all.
We will meet on alternate Wednesdays starting on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, and continuing through February 15, 2022.  These sessions will be co-facilitated by Ms. Karen Meyers and other members of the Kaufman staff. Our study will culminate in an opportunity to hear Valarie Kaur speak at a Kaufman/GVSU event on February 23, 2023. Reading the book together will be great preparation for hearing her message of “revolutionary love.”
Remnants of a Mighty Nation: Jews Through The Eyes of American Christians, November 1st 7:00pm 
Loosemore Auditorium, GVSU Downtown Campus
The Padnos Public Engagement on Jewish Learning Event, to take place on November 1 at 7 pm, will feature Dr. Julian Levinson, Samuel Shetzer Professor of American Jewish Studies, University of Michigan. Dr. Levinson will present a lecture called “'Remnants of a Mighty Nation': Jews Through the Eyes of American Christians” at the Loosemore Auditorium at the Richard M. Devos Center on Grand Valley State University's Campus.
The event will also be virtually simulcast via Zoom. Immediately following the lecture at approximately 8:30 there will be a light reception in the adjacent Lubbers Exhibition Hall.
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.