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.

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NEXT EVENT (2/11): Spring Community Interfaith Dialogue

Moderator: Norma Hirsch, Professor of Osteopathic Medicine at Des Moines University Panelists: Robert Aubrey, Chaplin (Retired); Unity Point and Broadlawns David Kaufman, Rabbi, Temple B’nai Jeshurun Yogesh Shah, Associate Dean, Des Moines University Thursday, February 11, 7:00 p.m. Iles Funeral Homes, Dunn’s Chapel 2121 Grand Ave, Des Moines —– How do the religions of the world understand death and dying? What rituals do they practice…

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Calvin Community: Healthy Aging and Brain Wellness

Robert Bender Geriatric/Dementia Specialist, Broadlawns Medical Center Moderator: Mary Mincer Hansen Co-Chair, Age Friendly Great Des Moines Health Committee Tuesday, January 26, 7:00 p.m. Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center, Drake University —– It’s a commonplace that physical exercise is an important element of healthy aging. What is less well recognized is the benefit of exercising your brain. According to Dr. Bender,…

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Fall Interfaith Dialogue

Moderator: Norma Hirsch, Professor of Osteopathic Medicine at Des Moines University Panelists: Sayeed Hussain, Pediatrician, West Des Moines Children’s Clinic Pramod Mahajan, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Drake University You Bin, Fulbright Visiting Scholar of Religion, Minzu University of China 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…

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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…