Meet My Religious Neighbor

In May 2017 we begin an ongoing series of open houses in places of worship in the greater Des Moines area. Each open house occurs on the first weekend of the month (insofar as possible). Each visit provides an opportunity to tour a sacred space, learn how religion is practiced there, and meet and connect with people from different faiths and walks of life. Please join us!

Beginning in Fall 2019, MMRN will become a collaboration of The Comparison Project with the Des Moines Area Religious Council and Interfaith Alliance of Iowa.

Check out our Fall Schedule:


September 2019
Masjid an-Noor

-1117 42nd St., Des Moines
-Saturday, September 14, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
-Enjoy multi-cultural snacks, take a tour of the mosque, learn about Islam, and meet the diverse community that worships here
-Modest dress recommended. 

October 2019
Bahá’í Festival of Unity 

-6900 School Street, Windsor Heights
-Monday, October 28, 7:00-9:00pm 
-Celebrate the birth of The Báb, forerunner of Bahá’u’lláh and the founder of the Bábí Faith, watch a newly released film on the Life of The Báb, and stay for refreshments and fellowship.

November 2019
SAI Global Akhand Bhajan 

-504 66th Court, West Des Moines
-Saturday, November 9, , 4:30-7:30pm
 -An orientation from 5-6pm focuses on SAI philosophy, center activities, and global Akhand Bhajan (24-hour devotional singing).
-Devotional singing begins at 6pm with a vegetarian dinner served at 7pm.
-Modest dress is recommended.
-Please remove shoes before entering. 

December 2019
 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe 

-Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1627 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines  
-Thursday, December 12, 6:00-8:30pm 
– This celebration is very important to Catholic Christians of Mexican descent.
-Folkloric dancing will take place at 6pm, Mass will be held at 7pm, and food and dancing will follow. 



Hindu Temple and Cultural Center
-Sunday, March 24th, 11:00 am
-33916 155th Lane, Madrid
-Holi homa (fire), color-throwing, and meal


St. Demetrius Serbian Orthodox Church
-Sunday, April 7th, 9:30 am
-4655 NE 3rd St, Des Moines
-Service and meal


Sikhs of Iowa Khalsa Heritage, Inc.
-Sunday, April 14th, 10:00 am
-4820 NW 59th Ave, Johnston
-Kirtan (hymns), Aaras (prayers), and Langar (free meal)


Ezan: Islamic and Education Center
-Saturday, May 11th, 7:00 pm
-6206 Douglas Ave, Des Moines
-Maghreb prayer, Iftar feast
-Women should be covered to wrists and ankles, and should also cover hair; men should not wear shorts.


Tu Vien Hong Duc
-Sunday, May 19th, 2:00 pm
-5906 SW 9th St, Des Moines
-Cultural performances and more

2018 VISITS: 


Plymouth Congregational Church
Saturday, December 8th, 4:00 pm 
4126 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines
Open house and inauguration of Interfaith Chapel


Des Moines Zen Center
Sunday, November 4th, 1:00 pm   
6901 SW 14th Street, Des Moines
Open house (1-3 pm) and lecture by David Loy (3 pm)


Iowa Sikh Association
Sunday, October 7th, 11:30 am
1115 Walnut St., West Des Moines
Kirtan (hymns) and Aardas (prayers), followed by langar (meal)


Shafia Islamic and Cultural Center
Friday, September 14th, 1:30 pm  
1425 University Ave, Des Moines
Jummah Sermon and Prayers


Bosniak Islamic and Cultural Center
Saturday, June 2nd, 8:30 pm  
3805 Lower Beaver Rd, Des Moines
Join us for the breaking-of-the-fast at sunset; come prepared to eat!


Pure Land of Iowa
Sunday, May 6th, 2:00 pm 
8364 Hickman Rd, Clive
Join us for an open house


Temple B’nai Jeshurun
Friday, April 13th, 5:30 pm
5101 Grand Ave, Des Moines
Join us for a Friday evening Shabbat service
Wine, cheese, and other snacks served beforehand at 5:00 pm


Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa  
Sunday, March 4th, 11:00 am
33916 155th Lane, Madrid
Join us for the festival of Holi (fire ritual, throwing of colors, dancing)
Lunch available for purchase 


Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George 
Saturday, Februrary, 3rd, 10am-12pm
1110 35th St, Des Moines
Join us for an open house
Refreshments provided!

2017 VISITS:


Burns United Methodist Church
Sunday, December 3rd, 10:45 am – 12:45 pm
1909 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines


Islamic Center of Des Moines
Saturday, November 4th, 500 – 730pm
6201 Franklin Avenue, Des Moines
Potluck dinner is available


Wat Phothisomphan
Sunday, October 8th, 10am – 1pm
2560 SE 14th Street, Des Moines
Lunch will be served.


Hindu Cultural and Educational Center
Saturday, September 2, 6 – 8 pm
2513 E. Porter Ave., Des Moines
Prasad will be served after the bhajan.


Sikhs of Iowa Khalsa Heritage
Saturday, August 12, 10 am – 1 pm
4820 NW 59th Ave, Johnston
Lunch will be provided


Tu Viện Hồng Ðức
Sunday, July 2 | 12:30 pm – 4 pm
5906 SW 9th St, Des Moines
A meal will be provided


Ezan: Islamic & Education Center
Saturday, June 3 | 8:30 pm – 11 pm
6202 Douglas Ave, Des Moines
Participants will be able to join the breaking-of-the-fast meal (iftar)


Masjid An-Noor
Saturday, May 6, 11 am – 3 pm
1117 42nd St, Des Moines
Lunch will be provided