Iowa Interfaith Exchange

February 24-25, 2018


The Iowa Interfaith Exchange

Saturday, February 24 - Interfaith Leadership Lab

At this daylong interfaith workshop, college students, faculty, and staff will develop leadership skills, learn diverse methods others have used to create meaningful change, and leave empowered to develop their own approaches to promote greater understanding of and positive engagement with religious diversity.

Registration for the Interfaith Leadership Lab is required ($10). Register Here.

Sunday, February 25 - Pilgrimage of Des Moines

Join us Sunday, February 25, from 2:00-4:00pm for a free public event at Drake University's Parents Hall. This will be a 'pilgrimage' around Greater Des Moines, visiting and learning from a variety of faith communities that call Central Iowa home. There will also be a short talk and discussion with Balpreet Kaur from Interfaith Youth Core.


Country Inn and Suites has ten special rate rooms blocked off from Friday, February 23 to Sunday, February 25. Be sure to book by February 9 and mention the Simpson College Interfaith Event.

Keynote Speaker

  • Balpreet Kaur

Balpreet Kaur


Saturday, February 24, 2018
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

9:00 - 9:25 a.m.

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
The Meaning of Your Mission: Connecting Interfaith Engagement with Your College Mission Statement

In the opening session, participants will explore and unpack key terms of interfaith leadership and how interfaith cooperation connects to their institution’s mission.

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Challenging Conversations: Negotiating Divergent Perspectives and Conflicting Identities in Your Community

In this session, you will have a chance to consider the challenges in leading interfaith work. You will explore what skills you are bringing, what challenges you hold, and how you can work through issues by using your interfaith leadership skills.

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Our Religious Neighbors: Mapping Religious Diversity and Developing Interfaith Relationships in Your Area

Drake University’s Comparison Project has been engaged in the study of local-lived religion and the cultivation of interfaith leaders for over five year. In this session, the faculty who run The Comparison Project, along with the students who have been involved in its programming, will showcase some of its interfaith successes: a student-written photo-narrative about religion in Des Moines (A Spectrum of Faith), on-line guides to and resources by local faith communities, an ongoing open-house series in different places of worship, and a summer interfaith camp for high-school students. Attendees will then have ample time to meet in small groups to brainstorm ways in which they might engage with their own local communities in similar ways.

1:45 - 2:00 p.m.

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Mapping Your Assets and Developing Your Action Plan

Put your interfaith leadership into action! Participants will discuss and plan key next steps, map campus and community resources and be ready to put your work into action back on campus.

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.

3:15 - 4:00 p.m.
Finalizing Action Plans

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Group Presentations

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Down Time

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Dinner and Keynote

Sunday, February 25, 2018
2:00 -4:00 p.m.

Venue: Parents Hall


    • $10

    • Individual

      • Registration is required for Saturday, February 24. Scholarship options are available.
    • Register