A Global Philosophy of Religion in the Local Des Moines Community

Globally, our Lecture and Dialogue Series enacts an innovative approach to religiously inclusive philosophy of religion, exploring common religious themes from different religious perspectives through scholar lectures, practitioner dialogues, and philosophical comparisons. Locally, our Religions of Des Moines Initiative generates informative media about religious communities in the greater Des Moines area, collaborating with local practitioners to create narrative guides, digital stories, and engaging photos of their communities.

Norma Hirsch

NEXT EVENT: Community Interfaith Dialogue

Moderator: Norma Hirsch, Professor of Osteopathic Medicine at Des Moines University Panelists: Sayeed Hussain,Pediatrician, West Des Moines Children’s Clinic You Bin, Fulbright Visiting Scholar of Religion, Minzu University of China Pramod Mahajan, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Drake University Joseph Moravec, Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Mercy College Thursday, December 3, 7:00 p.m. Iles Funeral Homes, Dunn’s Chapel 2121 Grand Ave, Des Moines —– How do the…


Christians Encounter Death: Tradition’s Ambivalent Legacies

Lucy Bregman Professor of Religion, Temple University Thursday, November 19, 7:00 p.m. Pomerantz Stage, Olmsted Center, Drake University —– The central focus for Christians has been on the death of Jesus Christ; it is his dying and death and resurrection that have shaped what Christians have believed, taught, and hoped. In this lecture, some of the implications and limits of…


La migración y el culto a la Santa Muerte: asirse a lo que sea (“Migration and the Cult of Santa Muerte: Hanging onto Whatever”)

Eduardo González Research Professor, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Guadalajara   Thursday, October 29, 7:00 p.m. Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center, Drake University —– The “cult of Santa Muerte” (Saint Death) is the fastest growing and most prominent religious movement in Mexico today. Prof. González’s Comparison Project lecture explores the worship of Santa Muerte in the city of Guadalajara, focusing…

Tibetan Buddhist Monks from Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery.

Death and Dying in Tibetan Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhist Monks from the Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery Thursday, October 8, 7:00 p.m. Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center, Drake University —– What is death and dying in Tibetan Buddhism? Join us, as seven Tibetan Buddhist monks offer a presentation on death and dying as well as a demonstration of prayers, rituals, and dances related to death and dying. In particular, the monks…