IGE is a meeting place for community groups that share our concerns about human rights and education for multicultural and religious awareness. We promote peaceful conflict resolution through training, workshops with youth and adults, and ongoing community discussion.

I.G.E. Welcomes to Grand Rapids Gabriela Leyva

Women’s Conference hosted by Reyna Gallery

I.G.E. Reception for Gabriela Leyva  at

East Congregational United Church of Christ

1005 Giddings Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Friday, May 24, 2019  6:00- 9:00 pm





“Anita Hill: Speak Truth to Power”
Saturday May 11, 2019
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Presenter: “Deborah” Nandi Chendori Love





Sunrise Movement GR presents


Thursday May 23, 2019 7:00 PM

at Trinity Methodist Church

1100 Lake Dr. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 

Join us to hear community leaders share how the Green
New Deal is the biggest opportunity of our lifetime to invest
in the American people, and what that looks like for us.
Facebook Event: bit.ly/TownHall-GR



His Life and Thought and His Relevance Today!

Reinhold Niebuhr, theologian, political philosopher,and seminary professor, was a prominent and influential voice in America and the Western world from 1930s through 1960s. He is well known by many for his ‘Serenity Prayer’.

Speaker: Charles C. Brown has a master’s degree in history and is author ofNiebuhr and His Age. The program will begin with a recent film, An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story, and continue with a talk by Charles Brown.

When: Sunday, April 28,2019

Time : 1:00pm -3:30pm

Where: Institute for Global Education

1118 Wealthy St. S.E.,

Grand Rapids MI 49506

Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare

Rev. Richard L. Killmer, Presentor

Sunday March 24, 2019 from 1:30-3:00 pm

At I.G.E. Office

1118 Wealthy ST. S.E .Grand Rapids MI



Rev. Richard L. Killmer is a Presbyterian minister who has served in several national religious organizations. Most recently he was the executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture – an interfaith membership organization in Washington, DC of over 325 religious organizations committed to ending U.S.-sponsored torture in U.S. policy, practice, and culture.  He served in that position from May 2007 to December 31, 2013 when he retired and currently bears the title of founding executive director. 

In retirement, he continues to work on the issue of climate change with the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) and he was the project director for the Interfaith Conference on Drone Warfare, a major conference at Princeton Theological Seminary on January 23-25, 2015. Mr. Killmer is currently the Director of Education for the Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare.  He was also a member of the CRCNA delegation to the Paris Climate Change Talks in December 2015.

After graduating from Franklin & Marshall College, he went to Princeton Theological Seminary and received two degrees from that institution.  He was also a Visiting Fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1985-1988 and has written many op-eds, articles and resources for publication and co-authored two books.

Mr. Killmer and his late wife, Dr. Margaret Killmer, were married for almost 49 years and are parents of four daughters: Karin, Candace, Megan and Holly. They have nine grandchildren. 


INTERFAITH NETWORK ON DRONE WARFARE Plans for August 1, 2018-February 1, 2021 

The Peace Action Education Fund in Princeton, NJ created the Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare (INDW) in 2015 to enable people and institutions of faith to study and take appropriate steps to work for change in U.S. drone warfare policies. Since then, the INDW held a national conference for religious leaders on drone warfare at Princeton Theological Seminary, co-sponsored 13 regional conferences on drone warfare, produced five 30-minute films on drone warfare for congregations, and promoted their use across the country.

The films can be viewed at www.interfaithdronenetwork.org.

Coming Events at I.G.E.

Dispute Resolution/ Conflict Resolution                    Speaker: Kate Pigott                   

When: Sunday, MARCH 31, 2019

Time: 2:00pm- 4:00pm                     

Where: Institute for Global Education                                

1118 Wealthy St. SE.                                

Grand Rapids,MI 49506

Kate Pigott, attorney and novice mediator discusses

Kate’s Bio:

Although not a Native, Kate Pigott is happy to call Grand Rapids, Michigan home now.  She even loves the winters (can you believe this one is coming to an end!?).  She has an art degree and a law degree.  Her passions are the planet, animals, and humans in conflict.  Although born in California, thankfully, she was raised in Georgia.  So, if you visit her home, you won’t die of thirst on the sofa.

In 1997, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a double degree in Video and Fibers.  After college, she moved back to California to work as an Audio-Visual Event Technician in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Often the only female technician on a job site, some of her work highlights included mic-ing Governor Schwarzenegger and working press sound for President Clinton.

During the economic downturn, she decided to go back to school and move to Chicago.  Never in a million years would she have thought about law school.  But, a friend suggested it and the more she thought about it, it seemed like a valuable tool for her tool belt.  In 2012, she was accepted at Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School which is how she got to Grand Rapids.  Driving into the city, she instantly fell in love.  Downtown was diverse in its culture and activities, with a ‘mini’ big city feel.

During law school, she interned at the Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan which began her passion for mediation.  In 2017, she passed the bar exam and became a Michigan licensed attorney.  The question now is – will she practice law or not?  Honestly, she is hesitant to advocate for only one side because she loves fighting like crazy for both sides which is what mediating is all about!  Currently, she works for the Michigan and Florida Agricultural Mediation Programs as their Intake Coordinator.  Kate plans to discuss the mediation process in general and is happy to take curious questions.

 IGE talk in March 2019 on Affordable Housing.

I.G.E talk in April 28, 2019 1-4pm, on social justice advocate and theologian , Reinhold Neibur, with short movie. Talk by author and historian Charles Brown.

Crafting the Resistance. Date & time to be announced.

Conflict Resolution. Date & time to be announced.

I.G.E. Fund raising. Date & time to be announced.

Please donate to IGE

The Institute for Global Education stands for peace and justice here in Grand Rapids. Please make a donation to keep the Institute for Global Education moving forward.

Every penny goes towards stopping attacks on women, immigrants, unions, African Americans and other oppressed peoples. IGE marched at the airport against Muslim ban. IGE hosts the International Day of Peace where over 150 people participated. IGE supported our union bus drivers of ATU in the struggle to preserve pensions, keep health care benefits, and win a good contract here at the Rapid. IGE rallies and protests against putting children in cages, and taking babies from their parents at the border to ship them to Bethany Christian Services here in Grand Rapids. IGE supported the Young Lords 50 Years Conference in Chicago. IGE has participated in Day of the Dead, Mandela Day, and many other efforts. Together we can build strong movements.

Please donate now! We need your donation more than ever.

IGE Supports the Young Lords

Institute for Global Education supports Young Lords 50 Years Commemoration

More than 1000 people gathered at DePaul University in Chicago to hear Jose “Cha Cha” Jimenez, founder of the Young Lords and Oscar Lopez River, freed political prisoner who spent 34 years in U.S. prison for supporting Puerto Rican independence. The Institute for Global Education funded seven members travel and participation in the Young Lords 50 year events. There was also a conference at DePaul University and a lively march through the Lincoln Park neighborhood with signs, “Free Puerto Rico!” and “Remember the victims of Hurricane Maria and Trump!”

The Young Lords 50 Year Memorial tour honored and remembered the Reverend Bruce and Eugenia Johnson, as well as five members of the Young Lords and Black Panthers who gave their lives for freedom and liberation.

The Rev. Bruce Johnson and his wife Eugenia, of the People’s Church, were murdered in the most horrible way due to their selfless and unwavering support for the Young Lords in the struggle against neighborhood displacement, racism and poverty. In their honor, we gathered at the former site of the People’s Church to rededicate ourselves to their mission for a society with peace and justice!

Power to the people!

International Day of Peace ~ Peace Walk and Service

SEPTEMBER 23, 2018

International Day of Peace ~ Peace Walk and Service

Hosted by Dominican Center at Marywood and Institute for Global Education

  • Sunday, September 23 at 1 PM – 3 PM
    Dominican Center at Marywood
    2025 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

The United Nations International Day of Peace is an opportunity for all humanity to come together, in spirit and in action, to forward the ideals of and conditions for peace. This day is observed by hundreds of millions of global citizens in cities, towns, and villages. This year, the International Day of Peace honors the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

1:00 pm:
Walk for Peace through the St. Francis Sculpture Garden for Prayer and Meditation

2:00 pm:
Interfaith Peace Service at Marywood Chapel

In collaboration with Instruments of Hope and the Institute for Global Education

No registration fee. All are welcome.