Our Book Project: “A Spectrum of Faith”

We are currently working on a student-written photo-narrative about fifteen different “religions of 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 Pre-order the book, visit https://www.dmarcunited.org/book/order/.

To view a trailer for the book, visit our home page.

We have scheduled a number of book-related events for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Please find information about them below:


37th Annual Bucksbaum Lecture
Thursday, November 15

4:00-6:00 p.m., Parents Hall, Olmsted Center
Photography of and music by the religious communities in our book

7:00 p.m., Knapp Center
Krista Tippet, host of On Being, a public radio program and podcast on faith and religion


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