About This Project

A Spectrum of Faith invites readers on a vivid pictorial journey into the diverse religious communities of greater Des Moines. Explore the south-side office park transformed into a Buddhist monastery or 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, or the mosque, temple or gurudwara tucked away in a neighborhood near you.


These Iowans from the world’s major faith traditions—Sikhism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam—extend the rich history of welcome in our state to readers of all faith backgrounds. A collaboration between DCP, The Comparison Project, and  the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) allow you to get to know the fascinating spectrum of individuals, traditions and practices of the religious communities who call Iowa home.

The book was released April 6.

“This student produced educational supplement serves as a useful tool for anyone seeking to prompt thoughtful discussion while reading ‘A Spectrum of Faith’. Suggested for: book groups, classrooms, libraries, religious education groups”

Watch the book trailer