Interfaith Engagement

At its roots, DMARC is a multi-faith collaboration working to meet basic needs in the Des Moines community. We have relationships with members of Baha’ism, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, Unitarian Universalism and Native American religion.

Interfaith Youth Leadership Camp


July 20-24, 2022, Drake University
The Des Moines Area Religious Council and The Comparison Project at Drake University are proud to co-host the sixth annual Interfaith Youth Leadership Camp.

High school students and recent 2022 graduates representing a diverse array of religious and cultural traditions and communities will learn about each other’s religious beliefs and practices (or lack thereof) and religious and cultural diversity in Des Moines more generally. Participants will create and share a digital story that expresses a personally meaningful faith experience, practice, or belief, visit with religious communities of Greater Des Moines, and discuss with each other the principles and practices of interfaith leadership.

Interfaith Youth Leaders will each receive an honorarium for their participation in the camp. Entering first-year students at Drake University may receive additional compensation for joining an interfaith-leadership cohort during their freshman year at Drake.
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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.

All proceeds from the book support the DMARC Food Pantry Network.

Help Support DMARC’s Interfaith Engagement Mission

During this time of merging cultures and ethnic diversity, we aim to foster inter-religious dialogue to educate each other on various faith traditions. Please provide a gift today that will help us with our mission to inform and educate about Iowan faith diversity.

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Donations received by DMARC for Interfaith Engagement program will continue to be used for special events and education opportunities. Thank you for your support!