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


943 Cummins Pkwy., Des Moines

Temple B’Nai Jeshunin


5101 Grand Ave., Des Moines

Tifereth Israel Synagogue


924 Polk Blvd., Des Moines

Jewish Federations of Greater Des Moines


910 Polk Blvd., Des Moines

Ancient Ways


1700 Woodland Ave., Des Moines

Islamic Center of Des Moines


6201 Franklin Ave., Des Moines

Des Moines Area Religious Council


3816 36th St., Des Moines

Watlao Buddhavath


1824 Park Ave., Des Moines

Vietnamese Buddist Assoc. Hong an Temple


1419 MLK Jr. Pkwy., Des Moines

Hi all, my name is MacKenzie Bills and I am this year’s intern for Interfaith. I’m a junior majoring in Political Science and International Relations with a minor in Religion. Along with RLC, I am involved in my sorority Pi Beta Phi and a Culver Fellow of the Culver Fellowship.
As the Interfaith intern, I believe in the importance of Interfaith dialogue. I believe a source of today’s problems is due to the lack of mutually understanding and appreciation of world faiths. Swami Agnivesh once said, “Peace among religions is a precondition for world peace.” This understanding starts in the conversations with our friends, family members, and peers. My goal is to create an environment on Simpson’s campus where Simpson’s community is comfortable to share their thoughts, ask questions, and continue to take strides in appreciation of the religious faith and spirituality in one another.
I love thoughtful conversations over coffee and Oreos, traveling, and a good laugh. If you would like to chat or have any conversations about interfaith at Simpson, feel free to wave me down on campus or send me an email at: Looking forward to a great year!Mackenzie