Clergy and Jewish leaders in Michigan are forming a coalition to tackle racism and anti-Semitism. The Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity and the Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC on Tuesday will announce the formation of the Coalition for Black and Jewish Unity. Pastors' council president the Rev. Deedee Coleman says the coalition will keep open communication between black and Jewish leaders as tensions rise across the U.S. with an increase in hate speech and racial confrontations.

Religion 101

Jan 19, 2018
Kaufman Interfaith Institute

Religion 101 with guests from the Kaufman Interfaith Institute.  This morning we speak with Dr. Douglas Kindschi, Rishi Makkar and Kyle Kooyers.

A businessman is donating $20 million to help expand a Catholic pilgrimage site in Michigan. Crain's Detroit Business reports that Art Van Elslander, founder of Art Van Furniture, is donating to the Solanus Casey Center. Interest in the center has increased since November when the late Rev. S

Religion 101

Dec 15, 2017
Kaufman Interfaith Institute

Religion 101 a spotlight on interfaith with guests from the Kaufman Interfaith Institute. Today, Dr. Doug Kindschi, Reverend Robert Linstrom and Rabbi Michael Schadick discuss the holiday season.

The Life of Hinduism

Dec 4, 2017

Our guests are the co-editors of ‘The Life of Hinduism,’ John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

‘The Life of Hinduism’ brings together a series of essays that present Hinduism as a vibrant, truly “lived” religion and celebrates the diversity for which Hinduism is known. 

Kent Dobson

Dec 4, 2017

Kent Dobson of C3-Grand Haven, former teaching pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, joins us to discuss his book ‘Bitten by a Camel: Leaving Church, Finding God.’

Christopher L. Heuertz (Part II)

Nov 27, 2017

Christopher L. Heuertz returns to Common Threads to continue our conversation.  Christopher is the author of ‘The Sacred Enneagram: Finding your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth.’

The Sacred Enneagram

Nov 20, 2017

Today we speak with Christopher L. Heuertz, author of ‘The Sacred Enneagram: Finding your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth.’

Religion 101

Nov 17, 2017
Kaufman Interfaith Institute

Religion 101, guests join us in studio on behalf of the Kaufmann Interfaith Institute. Today, Douglas Kindschi, Claire Minnis and Kyle Kooyers discuss two events coming  this weekend to celebrate interfaith and thanksgiving.

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A western Michigan school district has ended a teacher's faith-based discussions with elementary school students following complaints by a civil rights group.

Hudsonville Public Schools' assistant superintendent, Scott Smith, says the district didn't know a fifth-grade teacher had been meeting with students for lunchtime Bible studies until the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists contacted the district on Nov. 6.

Smith says officials met with the Alward Elementary School teacher the same day and ended his talks.