The Comparison Project

The Comparison Project is an experimental effort in a philosophy of religion that is historically grounded and religiously diverse. Our core programming consists of an biennial series of lectures, dialogues, and comparisons on a common religious theme. We work with the religious communities of greater Des Moines to create digital stories by and about them. And students in our comparative religion classes generate supplementary resources to complement our core programming.

Our Next Event:

Meditation Workshop and Dialogue

Saturday, September 6, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. First Christian Church, 2500 University Avenue, Des Moines Learn to Meditate! You are invited to participate in a meditation workshop on Saturday, September 6. The event features six local meditation instructors, each of whom will teach classes on their meditative practice, then engage in dialogue with one …read more


Expressing the Inexpressible: The Heartbeat of Sikh Mysticism

Expressing the Inexpressible: The Heartbeat of Sikh Mysticism Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh, Crawford Family Professor of Religion, Colby College Thursday, April 10, 7:00 p.m., Cowles Library Reading Room “Beat of the heart” can serve as a metaphor for understanding the complexities of Sikh mysticism. Like the flow of blood in this vital organ, Sikh mysticism is vividly, …read more

Photos from the West African Dance Workshop

Photos by Morgan Cannata

Translating the Ineffable: How Hunters Hear and Talk to the Dead in Côte d’Ivoire

Translating the Ineffable: How Hunters Hear and Talk to the Dead in Côte d’Ivoire Lecture by Joseph Hellweg, Associate Professor of Religion, Florida State University Thursday, March 27, 7:00 p.m., Cowles Library Reading Room In the northwestern, Muslim area of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), hunters communicate with a forest spirit, Manimory, and the spirits of …read more