Interfaith

Events and Forums

The RLC Interfaith program offers student the chance to learn about various faith communities through educational and experiential opportunities. The program hosts many speakers on campus throughout the year and takes students to interesting events, like the Diwali Festival at the Hindu Temple in Madrid, Iowa and the celebration of Rosh Hashanah at a Synagogue in Des Moines.

Contacts and Resources

Des Moines offers resources and community connections for many faith traditions:

Beth El Jacob Synagogue

274-1551 954

Cummins Pkwy., Des Moines

Chabd Lubavitch JRC of Iowa

277-1718

943 Cummins Pkwy., Des Moines

Temple B’Nai Jeshunin

274-4679

5101 Grand Ave., Des Moines

Tifereth Israel Synagogue

255-1137

924 Polk Blvd., Des Moines

Jewish Federations of Greater Des Moines

277-4069

910 Polk Blvd., Des Moines

Ancient Ways

280-3375

1700 Woodland Ave., Des Moines

Islamic Center of Des Moines

255-0212

6201 Franklin Ave., Des Moines

Des Moines Area Religious Council

277-6969

3816 36th St., Des Moines

Watlao Buddhavath

282-1801

1824 Park Ave., Des Moines

Vietnamese Buddist Assoc. Hong an Temple

288-6944

1419 MLK Jr. Pkwy., Des Moines

Hi all, my name is Annie Fullas and I’m the intern for Interfaith. I’m a senior majoring in Political Science and Religion. In addition to RLC, I’m also actively involved in Student Government Association and my sorority, Delta Delta Delta.

As the intern for Interfaith, I advocate for Simpson’s community to understand, respect, and expose itself to diverse faith communities and their traditions. One of my favorite parts of RLC’s “Values and Visions” is that we strive to “create relationships with the variety of religious communities found in our world.” When students listen, share experiences, and explain to others how they function both within and without faith, I believe there is a deep spiritual understanding being nurtured that couldn’t be achieved elsewhere. I hope to encourage an environment of interfaith dialogue in which people feel comfortable to share their thoughts, raise questions, and most importantly, appreciate one another for their differences.

I’m a fan of peacemaking, live music, thoughtful conversations, Thin Mint cookies, and international travel. If you’d like to chat or have any questions about interfaith at Simpson, feel free to wave me down on campus or send me an e-mail: annie.fullas@my.simpson.edu. Looking forward to a great year!annie