A Spectrum of Faith Religions of the world in America's heartland

A Spectrum of Faith - is a collaborative book project and community initiative focused on creating a photo-rich narrative of the religious communities in the Heartland (specifically around Des Moines, Iowa).

The Drake Community Press and The Comparison Project, Bob Blanchard, the Des Moines Area Religious Council have teamed up with Drake University students and faculty to create this book honoring the rich diversity Des Moines and the Heartland have to offer.

pictures by Anna Steenson

The book will be released in April 2017. Pre-order a copy today. All proceeds from the book will be donated to the Des Moines Area Religious Council's food pantry.

The students at Drake University have been involved through field research, graphic design, marketing, grant writing, editing, and filmmaking.

The book aims to call attention to the vibrant diversity of religion in the greater Des Moines area - introducing readers to 15 different local religious communities.


  • embodied practices
  • sacred spaces
  • and local histories
What do you know about your city?

Join us for the book launch Thursday, April 6, 2017, 6:00-8:00p.m., Parents Hall, Olmsted Center, Drake University. Keynote by Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core and a member of President Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of Faith Based Neighborhood Partnerships.

Gateway to Des Moines, Iowa
Discover the vibrancy hidden in the Heartland

For a sneak peak, watch the book teaser by Anna Steenson, the student documentarian of the project.


Anna Steenson

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