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Catalyst Radio: Kaufman Interfaith Institute encouraging dialogue among faith traditions

Kaufman Interfaith Institute is works to promote understanding among people of different faiths through direct interaction and dialogue.
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About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

Douglas Kindschi serves as the director of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University.

Douglas Kindschi serves as the director of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University.

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In this edition of Catalyst Radio, our guest is P. Douglas Kindschi, the director of Grand Valley State University’s Kaufman Interfaith Institute and one of the people responsible for initiating the 2012 Year of Interfaith Understanding. This yearlong effort is designed to encourage dialogue and understanding of all faith traditions in West Michigan.

Kindschi addresses the purpose and formation of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute, and its part in the dialogues and activities of the 2012 Year of Interfaith Understanding, taking place in West Michigan.

Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, The Grand Rapids Press, WGVU, local congregations, campuses and community organizations support and participate in the 2012 Year of Interfaith Understanding initiative. In our interview, we also talk about the history of this idea and some of the various events happening each week throughout the community, including an all day interfaith conference this October.


Music featured in this edition of Catalyst Radio is from Michigan musician Claudia Schmidt, with her new release called Bend in the River, with the song “Going By.”

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