Spectrum of Faith: Religions of the World in the Heartland of America

Our student-written, photo-narrative has finally been published!

A Spectrum of Faith invites readers on a vivid pictorial journey into the diverse religious communities of greater Des Moines: three Jewish synagogues, three Christian churches, three Muslim mosques, two Hindu temples, two Buddhist temples, and two Sikh temples. The book is a collaboration of The Comparison Project, The Drake Community Press (DCP), and the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC), with proceeds from the sale of the book going to support DMARC’s food pantries.

To order the book, visit https://www.dmarcunited.org/book/order/.

Locally, the book can be purchased at DMARC’s main office as well as the Drake Bookstore and Beaverdale Books.

To view Anna Steenson’s documentary about the making of the book, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3PEttzkMlU.

To view Eboo Patel’s lecture at our book launch and interfaith conference in April 2017, see below.

We now also have available, free of charge, a discussion supplement for the book. You can download it either in single-page format or as two-page spreads.


Book Launch and Iowa Interfaith Exchange
Thursday, April 6 – Saturday, April 8

Thursday, April 6th, 6:00-8:00p.m., Parents Hall, Olmsted Center
Keynote by Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core and a member of President Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of Faith Based Neighborhood Partnerships

Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8, TBD 
Opening address by Eboo Patel, 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 7, Sheslow Auditorium
Workshops facilitated by Patel’s Interfaith Youth Core (as well as dozens of Iowa interfaith, multicultural, and social-justice organizations, institutions, and movements) on Friday afternoon, and all day Saturday, Meredith Hall

  • Social Club Reception

Friday, April 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Culinary Loft, Des Moines Social Club
Family-Friendly cocktail hour and photography exhibit


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