Religions of Des Moines



1) Orientation: Monday, February 26; 10 AM-Noon, Plymouth United Church of Christ, DM

2) First Visit: Sunday March 4; Noon-2 PM, Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Iowa, 33916 155th Lane, Madrid

3) Second Visit: Friday, April 13; 5:30-7:30 PM, Temple B’nai Jeshurun, 5101 Grand Ave., DM

4) Third Visit: Sunday, May 6; 2-4 PM, Pure Land of Iowa, 8364 Hickman Rd, Clive

5) Fourth Visit: Saturday, June 2; 8-10 PM, Islamic and Cultural Center Bosniac, 3805 Lower Beaver Rd., DM

6) Conclusion: Monday, June 4; 9-10 AM, Plymouth United Church of Christ, DM

Cost: $66 Class Limit: 25


Learn about several of the religious traditions practiced in Des Moines. The first and last classes will meet in a classroom for an introduction and conclusion of the topic. The other classes will be site visits to local religious communities detailed above.

Students are encouraged, but not required, to purchase a copy of A Spectrum of Faith: Religions of the World in the Heartland of America, which provides readers with a vivid pictorial journey into the diverse religious communities of greater Des Moines. The book, which sells for $30 as a fund raiser for the Des Moines Area Religious Council food pantry network, can be purchased at their main office, as well as the Drake University Bookstore and Beaverdale Books.


Instructor Beverly Trout has researched and investigated UFO reports for more than 20 years, sharing her knowledge with the public and speaking at UFO conferences. A member of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), Beverly serves as MUFON Assistant State Director and Chief Iowa Investigator. Gathering information in the field of extraterrestrials has led her to also focus on the roles of the intelligence community, as well as the corporate and military establishments, since they continue to engage in activities which affect every planetary citizen.


Instructor Timothy Knepper is a professor of philosophy at Drake University, where he directs The Comparison Project, a public program in global, comparative religion and local, lived religion. He is also the editor of a student-written, photo-narrative about religion in Des Moines (A Spectrum of Faith, Drake Community Press, 2017) and The Comparison Project’s lecture and dialogue series on ineffability (Ineffability: An Exercise in Comparative Philosophy of Religion, Springer, 2017.)



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