Interfaith Series

Interfaith Series East Church

Grand Rapids has always been a crossroads to the world offering state of the art education, medical care, and commerce. We also have a growing immigrant and refugee population from around the world, yet many of us may know very little about our neighbors’ traditions or beliefs.

East Church seeks to promote good, neighborly love by offering the Meeting Our Spiritual Neighbors Interfaith Dinner Series to expand our knowledge and understanding of other faith traditions and cultures. Join us beginning January 2023, as we seek to build bridges and make friends. Spend an evening enjoying fine food from around the world and hearing from experts about the history and tenants of their faith. Each month we will highlight a different religion paired with food regionally associated with the faith tradition, catered from local restaurants. Due to religious dietary restrictions our meals will be vegetarian so that all can participate. We hope this series will serve as a reminder to our community that our diversity and unity makes us stronger.

All dinners will start at 6 p.m. with a presentation following. Please use the form below to reserve your dinner reservation. Seating is limited. Donations are welcome to help cover the costs for these events. Donations can be made in advance using the Donate button below under “Special Ministries Fund – Interfaith Dinners fund” or cash/check at the door.

 If you have questions, please call the church office Tuesday – Thursday 9-4 p.m. 616-245-0578.

Our next presenter is Hung Su from the Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple

Born in Fremont, Michigan. Raised on an asparagus farm in Oceana County. In 1979 I joined the Missionary Brothers of Charity, a Catholic Order founded by St. Teresa of Calcutta. I remained with the order until 1992. I then began my meditation study and practice with Pro. Karen Gibson. In 2009 I began to study the Buddha-Dharma with my teacher Deok Wun Sunim. In 2010 I worked with Sunim to create and open the Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple. I was ordained as a Dharma Teacher in 2012. In August of 2022 I was named Abbot Emeritus of the Temple.

Past Presenters 

Fred Stella from the West Michigan Hindu Temple

Fred Stella has served as Pracharak or Outreach Minister for the West Michigan Hindu Temple for the past dozen years. He has lectured on Hinduism locally, nationally, and internationally. Fred serves on the National Leadership Council of the Hindu American Foundation in Washington DC. From 1997 onward he has held the post of President of Interfaith Dialogue Association. In that role he, among other things, hosts Common Threads, a weekly program heard on local NPR affiliate WGVU -FM that explores all facets of religion and spirituality.  In 2012 Mayor George Heartwell presented him with the city’s Champion of Diversity Award for his work in multicultural relationships.

January 15th Interfaith Dinner

Primary Communities Served

Grand Rapids

East Grand Rapids

Ottawa Hills

East Town