In Person and ZOOM Livestream
Registration/Coffee 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Meeting 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Speaker: Irene DeMaris, Order of Deaconess and Home Missioner, Iowa Interfaith Power and Light
Registrations need to be completed by Tuesday, September 20, 2022.
Registrants, please download the fillable form. Please complete the form, print it, and mail it to Mary with your payment for the lunch. If you choose to email the completed form to Mary, you still need to mail a check to her for the meal unless you attend by Zoom. Lunch reservations should be made and paid in advance by September 20th.
Irene DeMaris 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.
In March 2020, Irene become Iowa IPL's multi-issue organizer and was quickly promoted to associate director in July 2020. When Matt Russell left Iowa IPL to work for the USDA, she become the acting executive director before earning the role of executive director. During her time at Iowa IPL, she has helped expand Called to Climate Action and Faith Farms & Climate, led outreach, and increased fundraising efforts including the new Iowa Gives Green.
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.