This is our 25th anniversary year!

iNTERFAITH aLLIANCE OF iOWA AWARD cELEBRATION

MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 2021


5:30 — 9:00 PM

Reception 5:30 PM  |  Dinner 6:30 PM  |  Program 7:00 PM

Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center Ballroom
833 5th Avenue, Des Moines 50309
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Community voices: bending the arc together

Three community leaders will share their perspective on the need to bend the arc toward justice together — and the importance of Interfaith Alliance of Iowa's voice over the last 25 years.

Rev. Brigit StevensPastor Rob JohnsonRev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey

Rev. Brigit Stevens
Executive Conference Minister for Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Tri-Conference Ministries of the United Church of Christ

Pastor Rob Johnson
20/20 Vision Project,
Director of Voter Registration

Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey
Award-winning author, public speaker; Professor of Religion and Associate Provost of Campus Equity & Inclusion, Drake University

Faith & Freedom Award Recipients

We are honored to name the following as our awardees this year:

COMMUNITY LEADER AWARD

PARTNER ORGANIZATION AWARD

JOY CORNING PUBLIC LEADER AWARD

Rev. H. Alejandro Alfaro-SantizOne Iowa logoDes Moines Public Schools

Rev. H. Alejandro Alfaro-Santiz
Lead Pastor, Trinity Las Americas, Des Moines

One Iowa

Des Moines Community School District
Board of Directors, Administration, and Staff

2021 Annual Award Celebration logo: purple with lighter purple arc shape and words "bending the arc toward justice for 25 years" and "Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, 1996-2021"

We are so honored to be part of this work with so many Iowans. Together, we have grown in influence, support, and in the scope of our work—and we are ready for the future, as we know there is much more work to do.

Our History and Accomplishments

As we celebrate our 25th year, it’s inspiring to look back at how we evolved to who we are today. We are excited to share many of our stories through our website, social media, and at our anniversary celebration.

Interfaith Alliance of Iowa was established in 1996 following a contentious Des Moines School Board election the year prior. The religious right opposed and successfully ousted a school board member based solely on his sexual orientation. Following, a conversation was initiated by Alicia Claypool, who became the organization’s first executive director in 1997. Interfaith Alliance of Iowa was created to provide a progressive, organized voice of faith to balance the extremism of the religious right and to advocate for progressive values.

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS

We are excited to celebrate this huge milestone with you, our amazing supporters, and also more about our founding, the coalitions we’ve built, and the impact of our work—bending the arc together—throughout our 25-year history.

We've created two videos, one about the early years of the organization and another about our voice in the public square—and the impact we have across Iowa.. We’re thrilled for you to see them and would love if you'd share them with others on social media and by email!

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Colorful timeline of important occurrences in the history of Interfaith Alliance of Iowa

The organization has grown exponentially in reach, programming, political impact, statewide presence, media attention, staffing, and resources. Whether it is our education efforts across the state, commentary in the media, collaborations with partner organizations, or our advocacy at the Capitol, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa and Action Fund  meet the challenges head-on and accomplish the work necessary.

While Interfaith Alliance of Iowa’s initial issue work focused on religion, bigotry, and LGBTQ+ rights, it has expanded over the years, taking on the most pressing issues of our time—always with an eye on the values that drive our mission.

Interfaith Alliance of Iowa brings people and partner organizations together to make a difference in Iowa. We know we are all stronger when we work in coalition. We lead and work alongside partners every day from the sectors of faith, civil rights, human rights, education, labor, business, and more.

Our Future: Building, Connecting, Challenging

We believe the work of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa is more important than ever and we must build upon our strengths to meet the challenges ahead. Strengthening the progressive voice in communities urban and rural is paramount. Interfaith Alliance of Iowa is ready to take on the work necessary to create an Iowa based on our shared values.

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Collage of photos from various Interfaith Alliance of Iowa sponsored events