Irene DeMaris

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Email: idemaris@iowaipl.org
Phone: 515-216-4895

Irene has spent her career working in faith-based non-profits. She has a passion for working with people as they take their faith and act on social justice issues. Before moving to Iowa in 2018, she was the Associate Director for the Center for Public Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. She also spent time as an Organizing Fellow with Faith in Public Life.

She is a United Methodist Deaconess called to live a lifetime of love, justice, and service. Within The United Methodist Church, Irene is known for her advocacy in justice issues and laity inclusion.

Irene holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Washington State University and a Master of Divinity from Seattle University.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking with her spouse, walking her dogs, spin classes, reading mystery novels, and dreaming of a more just world.

“Feel your feelings” & Take Climate Action

“Feel your feelings” & Take Climate Action

Last week the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published their Sixth Assessment Report. I sat down with coffee on Monday morning to start reading , looking at the data and the articles on the report when a typhoon of sadness hit me, making it hard to breathe.

Creating an Intersectional Iowa

Creating an Intersectional Iowa

In November 2018, like so many Americans, I watched the midterm elections like a hawk. I paid special attention to Iowa’s election as I watched the numbers roll in from my tiny D.C. studio apartment surrounded by the packed boxes that would join me in my move to Iowa.

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