A Spectrum of Faith:

Religions of the World in America's Heartland


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A Spectrum of Faith

Religions of the World in America's Heartland

A Spectrum of Faith: Religions of the World in America's Heartland invites readers on a vivid journey through words and pictures into the diverse religious communities of greater Des Moines. Explore the south-side office park transformed into a Buddhist monastery as well as the Basilica in the city’s center named to the National Registry of Historic Places; discover the Hindu temple rising above the cornfields of nearby rural Madrid along with the mosque, synagogue or gurudwara tucked away in a neighborhood near you.

Whether they arrived before last century or just last decade, these Iowans who practice the world’s major faith traditions— Sikhism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam—extend the state’s proud history of welcome to readers of all faith backgrounds. Get to know the fascinating array of individuals, faith traditions and worship practices belonging to the many religious communities who call Iowa home.

A Spectrum of Faith: Religions of the World in America's Heartland is a joint product of Drake Community Press, The Comparison Project, photographer Bob Blanchard, and DMARC. Support comes from the Slay Fund for Social Justice and Cultivating Compassion: The Dr. Richard Deming Foundation.

Book Launch Event

Join us for the launch event of the book on Thursday, April 6, 6:00 p.m. in Parents Hall at Drake University's Olmsted Center. Eboo Patel of Interfaith Youth Core will be presenting a keynote presentation, along with other speakers, panel discussions, and a showing of a behind-the-scenes documentary. (Learn More)