Thurs., April 27
Let's Talk / P.I.E.S.: April/May
What:  The theme of Social Justice-  The Next Industrial Revolution - How can important issues be addressed in a way that accomplishes a public good? How can our economy flourish without destroying the natural environment which sustains us all? The film “The Next Industrial Revolution” will be shown with a discussion to follow. Come listen & engage in an important conversation about the future of our economy & the health of the planet.
When:  9 a.m.
Where: NEIPJC, 119 Winnebago St., Decorah
More:  May 4: Peace: Amber Gustafson: Moms Demand Action
May 11: Environment: Larry Berland on Envirothon: Training program for HS kids that compete with their knowledge of the environment including botanical and animal life.
May 18: Immigration: Legislative Update with Ruth Palmer.
May 25: Social Justice: Hannah Breckbill on racism in farming.

Thurs., April 27
End of Life Option Act (SF 215/ HF 299)
What: End of Life Option Act: (SF 215/ HF 299) Please Join Us: Program Reception & In-Depth Discussion. Your right to choose your end-of-life option depends on this bill. Meg Bolich, retired teacher, and Alice Martin, retired hospice chaplain from the Quad Cities, will explain this Act and answer questions.  There will also be a second session on Fri., April 28.  See Fri., April 28 event section.
When: 7:00 pm
Where:  NEIPJC, 119 Winnebago St., Decorah

Thurs., April 27
Chicago, IL
Understanding the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen, Kathy Kelly to speak
What:  Join us as we host Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, as she calls for a humane response to the deadly tragedy facing Yemeni civilians whose country, ravaged by civil war and regularly targeted with Saudi and U.S. airstrikes, is now on the brink of famine.
UNICEF estimates that more than 460,000 children in Yemen face severe malnutrition, while 3.3 million children and pregnant or lactating women suffer acute malnutrition.
When:  6:00-7:30pm
Where:  205 W. Monroe Street, Suite 500, Chicago
More:  Kathy Kelly is well known in activist circles for her passionate work in support of peace. For more info about her work,
Please RSVP by April 26 to JoAnne Harbert Bhati at, or by calling 312-641-5151, ext.116.
This event is free and open to the public.

Fri., April 28 & Sat., April 29
Racial Justice Workshop
What: We are SO lucky to be having Dr. Jennifer Harvey, author of "Dear White Christians: coming to Dubuque to do a free Friday night plenary and all day Saturday workshop. (Those wanting to come Saturday need to also attend Friday...)
When:  Fri.- 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm; Sat.- 9 am to 4 pm; ($15 for lunch)
Where: Wartburg Seminary, 333 Wartburg Place, Dubuque, IA 52001 United States
More:  Cost:  Free

The links are below for more information about the events;  I think Dr. Harvey will really kick Dubuque into gear as to how we can better be thinking about racial justice as a community-wide effort. She is challenging, direct, and pastoral. (from Brenna at Hope House in Dubuque.)     (Free showing of the documentary, “I am not your Negro” at Mindframe)                (Saturday workshops: $15 for lunch)

Fri., April 28 through Sun., April 30
Hiawatha, IA
DISCIPLESHIP THROUGH SOCIAL JUSTICE- “Discipleship Experience Weekend"
What: This Discipleship Experience Weekend (DEW) will focus on seven themes or principles of Christian/Catholic Social Teaching.  A team of presenters will explain the major components of each theme and facilitate discussion of the implications of that principle for daily life today. 
When:  The Friday night discussion, presenting an overview of the church’s social justice teaching, will begin at 8:00pm and is optional.  The program on Saturday and Sunday beings at 8:30am and will conclude with Mass at 2:00pm Sunday afternoon.
Where:  Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, Hiawatha. 
More:  The basic fee for the DEW is $75, including meals.
For further information contact Fr. George Karnik at 319-226-5412 (email 
Online registration is available at:
Participants may make their own arrangements for accommodations. Overnight accommodations at Prairiewoods need to be made directly with the Spirituality Center at 319-395-6700.

Fri., April 28
End of Life Option Act, session 2
What: End of Life Option Act, 9 am session will feature a light breakfast reception for further discussion and socialization
When: 9:00 am
Where:  NEIPJC, 119 Winnebago St., Decorah

Sat., April 29
Des Moines
Rise, Build, Resist:  People’s Climate Rally
What:  Thousands will be marching in Washington D.C. on April 29th. Des Moines will hold a Central Iowa Peoples Climate March in sync with the nationwide event.  Join Ellen Thomas, Co-Chair of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Disarm/End Wars Committee (since 2008) and Co-founder of Proposition One Campaign for a Nuclear Free Future (1990) and other Wilpfers at the Rally.
When: speakers start at 1:00pm-3:00pm, along with music, exhibitors, and children's activities
Where:  West Terrace, State Capitol- Des  Moines
Here is the Facebook event page for the sister march in Des Moines, Iowa:

Sat., April 29
Cedar Rapids
People’s Climate March
What: People’s Climate March in Cedar Rapids
When:  @ 4:30PM
Where:  We will begin at Green Square Park (305 5th Street SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401), cross the river, and end at the Federal Courthouse (111 7th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401).
Sponsors: The Cedar-Wapsie Sierra Club chapter and //

Sat., April 29
Polk City, IA (near DM)
Central District United Methodist Women Mission Study: Climate Justice
What: This is aCentral District United Methodist Women Mission Study on Climate Justice. Climate justice focuses on transforming every person into a steward of the Earth's resources. A sacred trust was given to humans to care for what God created.  United Methodist Women acknowledges the connection between the overdependence on fossil fuels from developing countries and its effect on the poor, women, and children who bear the burden of starvation, disease, sickness, unemployment and death because of global warming. Learn more at the UMW mission study!
When:  8:30 am - 2 pm
Where: at Polk City UMC,
More:  Free and open to everyone. Please RSVP and bring a salad to share for lunch if possible.
Contact:  Nancy Stockdale,

Monday, May 1
Across the country & in Des  Moines
A day without Immigrants National Strike
When:  1:00 pm
Where:  Polk County Courthouse

Mon., May 1
Pleasant Hill, IA
Annual WILPF Mother’s Day Picnic
When:  6:00pm
Where:  Copper Creek Park Lake Park, 4390 E University, Pleasant Hill

Mon., May 1 (application due date)
America to Cuba
Join the Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba
What: If you want to learn about the REAL Cuba, talk to the REAL people and go 'beneath the surface', then join our 28th Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba this July, and be a part of challenging the US economic blockade of Cuba.
 When:  Dates
July 11-12       Orientation in Mexico City
July 13           Fly to Santa Clara, Cuba
July 13-27       Caravan visit to Guantanamo, Santiago
and Villa Clara provinces
July 27           Fly back from Santa Clara to Mexico City
July 28           Reverse Challenge - fly back to US
More:  Cost of program- $1650
plus travel to Mexico City and back from US at own expense.
 Our Caravan this year will spend a full 2 weeks in Cuba, following a mandatory 2 day orientation period in Mexico City. We will fly into and out of Santa Clara in the center of Cuba where we will participate in the 50th Anniversary of the death of Che Guevara. We will then travel by bus to the Eastern provinces of Guantanamo and Santiago.
 In Guantanamo we will witness the reconstruction process after the massive devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.
We will also visit, from the outside, the US military base at Guantanamo Bay,  and the neighboring Cuban town of Caimanera to learn about the impact the presence of the base has on that community.  In Santiago, the cradle of the revolution, we will visit the cemetery where Fidel Castro's ashes were recently interred. Our time in Eastern Cuba will include participation in the July 26th festivities celebrating the attack on the Moncada Barracks which signaled the beginning of the Cuban Revolution.
 We will be staying in dormitory accommodation and the weather will be HOT, so be prepared for and be medically fit enough to withstand a challenging trip.
 We go to Cuba as a conscious act of civil disobedience in the spirit of the US civil rights movement. We will be committing the civil offense of unlicensed travel to Cuba. In the years 2005 and 2006 all adult Caravanistas received letters threatening fines from the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the department of the US Treasury responsible for implementing the US economic blockade of Cuba, though in the end no further action was taken. Since then there has been nothing, but we cannot predict what stance the Trump administration will take.
 Application forms are available from
 Deadline to apply:-  May 1st 2017

Tues., May 2
Across the country
Give Local Tuesday!
What: Give to your favorite charities today!  Consider including IPN as a recipient of Give Local !

Tues., May 2
Urbandale, IA
"Gospel Without Borders" Viewing & Discussion
What:  A viewing and discussion will take place.  "Gospel Without Borders" is a documentary produced by www.ethicsdaily.comthat highlights immigrant stories.  Manuel Catalan, a member of Trinity Las Americas United Methodist Church tells his  story of coming to Iowa to escape civil war in El Salvador in the documentary. Rev. Barb Dinnen, pastor at Trinity Las Americas UMC, will offer her reflections on our immigrant neighbors. 
When:  6:30 pm
Where:  Aldersgate UMC, 3600 75th St., Urbandale
More:  Click here for an informational flyer.
Sponsor:  The event is sponsored by Aldersgate UMC's Caring for Our Immigrant Neighbors (COIN).

Wed., May 3
Iowa City
China, Iowa, and Diplomacy in the Trump Administration
What:  As Iowa Governor Terry Branstad prepares to take his post as U.S. ambassador to China, join us for “China, Iowa, and diplomacy in the Trump administration,” a panel and Q&A.
Panelists include:
Mary Kramer, former Iowa State Senator from 1990 to 2003 and U.S. ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean from 2004 to 2006
Ronald McMullen, former career diplomat, ambassador to the State of Eritrea from 2007 to 2010, and current Ambassador in Residence in the UI Department of Political Science
Bill Neibur, former Vice President and Pioneer North Asia General Manager for DuPont and current President and CEO of Origin Agritech, Ltd
Wenfang Tang, UI Stanley Hua Hsia Professor of Political Science and International Studies whose current research focuses on public opinion and political change in contemporary China
Lynn Hicks, Opinion and Engagement Editor for The Des Moines Register, and Ben Kieffer, host of Iowa Public Radio’s River to River, will moderate the discussion.
When:  7:00 to 8:30 PM
Where:  Shambaugh Auditorium, UI Main Library, 125 West Washington Street, Iowa City
Host: UI Public Policy Center
More:  The Des Moines Register and Iowa Public Radio are co-sponsors of this event, which is free and open to the public. More details:
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Leslie Gannon at (319) 335-6817 or

Fri., May 5 – Sun., May 7
St. Louis, MO
War Tax Resistance Gathering
What:  More info and registration form will be on our website and/or in the mail soon-

Sat., May 6
Iowa City
Climate Advocate Training/ Group Start Workshop
What:  This workshop is a thorough introduction to CCL's approach to working
to address the problem of climate change and, in particular, dealing
with the U.S. Congress on this issue
When:  1:30-4:30 pm

Sun., May 7
Des Moines
Implementing United Nation Mandela Rules, the Treatment of Prisoners in the 21st Century
What:   The Spring meeting of Iowa CURE-  Speakers will be Carla Dawson and Jean Basinger who will be just back from representing Iowa CURE at the International Convention of CURE which will be held in Costa Rica from April 25 to 29th.
When:  2 PM
Where:  Trinity UMC, 1548 8th St. in Des Moines

Sun., May 7
Johnston, IA
Iowa Interfaith Power & Light Annual Reception
What:  Iowa IPL is hosting its annual reception and awards event.
When:  2:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Where:   at the Crown Point Community Center, 6300 Pioneer Parkway, in Johnston, Iowa
More:  Featured speaker will be Rev. Booker Steven Vance, Policy Director of Faith in Place, from Chicago.  Tickets are $60 per person. For more details, or to register, please

Thurs., May 11
Des Moines
Jane Addams Peace Association Book Awards Announcement
What: Join us for cake and coffee as we hear about the 2017 award books.
When:  Watch for updates.
Where:    Forest Avenue Library, 1326 Forest Ave.

Thurs., May 11
Iowa City
Stella Burch Elias, Associate Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law, “Contemporary Immigration Impacts.”
What: Part of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Luncheons on peace-related topics
When:  12–1 pm
Where:  Congregational Church, 30 North Clinton Street, Iowa City
More:  For more details, including information about available accommodations, visit, or contact, icfrc@uiowa.edu319.335.0351.

Sat., May 13
Iowa City
May ICCA (Iowa City Climate Advocates) mtg.
What:   May Meeting  
When:  11 – 1
Where:  Iowa City Public Library, Room E

Saturdays starting Sat., May 13- June 24
Slater, IA
 “The Nasty Women Show” sculpture display
What:  Did you miss the opening?  No problem!  The display is up on Saturdays through June. (Saturday May 13, June 10 and June 24.  Or by Appointment:  Call Sherrie (515) 771-0181. The show includes original clay and wax sculptures of notable “Nasty Women” throughout our US efforts to achieve equal rights and representation for women.  You’ll meet Victoria Wookhull, our 1st nasty woman to run for president along with sculptures of Hillary Clinton and many other 1st women in our political history.
When:  Saturday Hours:  10am-4pm
Where:  Expressions Gallery & Studio, 412 Main St (PO Box 15), Slater, IA  50244
More:  You can learn about the “lost wax process”, how an original clay sculpture becomes a finished work of art in bronze.  See finished bronze sculptures as well as works in progress.  New Pieces are being added throughout the run of the show.

Sun., May 14
Iowa City
"Noncooperation Requires Cooperation: Conscientious Objection in Iowa 1857-1950” speaker Bill Douglas
When:  1:30 pm
Where:  Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library

Mon., May 15
 International Conscientous Objector Day !!  Kiss your favorite Conscientious Objector !

Fri., May 19- Sun., May 21
Des Moines
Urban Immersion Weekend Experience
What:  The Center for Social Ministry will be offering an Urban Immersion experience for youth, adults and families on the weekend of May 19-21.  The immersion will take place on Friday evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning. During the immersion weekend, you'll have the opportunity learn more about poverty and other issues affecting people in Des Moines; visit local outreach organizations/groups; and visit with individuals who have been marginalized.  The weekend ends with an opportunity to develop an action plan with members of the group to continue to address the needs in our local community.  If you or your family would like to participate in the Urban Immersion, contact Susie Tierney at 515-480-1872 or

Sat., May 20
Iowa City
Groundbreaking celebration for Community Garden and Test Crops
What:  ICCA (Iowa City Climate Advocates) would like to invite you to a groundbreaking celebration on Saturday, May 20. There will be light refreshments, and a brief overview of our plans for the first phase of the community garden and test crops.
When:  2-5pm
Where:  the Johnson County Poor Farm (Just west of 4515 Melrose Ave.)
More:  ICCA needs your help!  : As we cover our seeds, equipment and irrigation, we are seeking tax-deductible donations to support our spring and summer plans. Here's an online donation link:
Or donations can be sent to: Iowa Valley Global Food Project (IVGFP)
P.O. Box 1595, Iowa City, IA, 52244.
Thanks for any donations and support! And we look forward to seeingyou on May 20th!


1.)  EngagingSpirituality Fall Group Offerings
   How can we deepen our relationship with God and those around us?  EngagingSpirituality is a small group program from JustFaith Ministries designed to answer that question. This program invites participants to deepen their faith through prayer, listening, exploration, and sharing. An EngagingSpirituality group will be offered at Emmaus House this fall. For more information or to register, visit or contact Susie Tierney at Center for Social Ministry, 515-782-3054 or

2.)  Volunteer in the Faith & Grace Garden
The Faith & Grace Garden is a collection of community gardens in the Des Moines area with the goal of growing food to feed the local hungry. All of the food grown is donated to local food pantries.  To volunteer in the garden, register here.  ( )   Why register? It allows us to advise you of last minute cancellations due to weather, etc.  For questions, contact Tim Goldman at 745-9842  or or contact Mark Marshall  at 998-5381 For more information, visit:

3.)  Polk County Food Pantry Volunteers

Polk County Food Pantry is in need for volunteers to help participants shop for their food. Days are Monday – Friday 8—5 with 3-4 hour intervals. Mondays and Fridays volunteers are especially welcomed.  If interested contact Mary at 515-286-3695.

Ask your Rep to sign the bipartisan Pocan-Amash-Lieu-Jones Letter to Urge President Trump to seek authorization from Congress before escalating the war in Yemen. Background info, call script, and call tool can be found at this link:

5.) View new Documentary on the Israel/ Palestine occupation: The occupation of the American mind. You can see trailor and
learn more here

6.)  AMOS is working to increase funding for mental healthcare in Iowa, and 2 bills addressing this issue have stalled in the state legislature, SF 504 and HSB 194. With less than 2 weeks left in the legislative session, we need legislative leadership to make this issue a priority and pass a solution this year... in short, we need these bills to MOVE!

Please take the time to make a phone call to these legislative leaders:

Senate President Jack Whitver (Ankeny)- ask him to make sure that SF 504 (the new name for SSB 1187) gets sent to the floor as soon as possible.  Remind him that Polk County needs adequate funding and we just can't wait another year for a solution.

Office: (515) 281-3371

Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix (Story, Hardin, Grundy, and Butler Counties)- ask him to bring SF 504 to the floor this week.

House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow (Windsor Heights) - ask him to work for a solution, and move a bill forward before the end of session.

Office: (515) 284-5001

You can email your legislators about this issue using the link below, from the Iowa Catholic Conference Action Alert:

For more background on this issue, check out last week's press coverage:

Op-Ed by Rev. Travis Stanley and Rev. Dr. Dave Swinton -

Let Counties Spend More on Mental Health... -

The legislative session could end next week, so please make these contacts today if you can!

6.) Video regarding the recent presentation, Obliterated Families

Many thanks to Rodger for producing this video of his interview with Ala and Anne: It does a nice job of capturing their thoughts about the power of storytelling.


Sun., June 11- Tues., June 13
Washington DC
The 2017 CCL (Climate Change Lobby)/CCE conference and lobby day
When: Early registration ends April 30!
Registration Deadline is May 26.
Where:  Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.

Mon., June 12
Des Moines
Annual MFSA and UMC Walk for Peace and Social Justice
What:  Once again, MFSA and other UM boards and agencies are planning the Annual Walk for Peace and Social Justice at our UM Annual Conference.  We are delighted that Aaron Smith has agreed to use a shortened version of the MLK speech he gave at the Palm Sunday Service.  In addition, our Bishop Laurie, Mayor Frank Cownie and the President of Garrett Theological Seminary, Dr. Lallene Rector will speak briefly.  You all have been our strong supporters in the past, and we hope that once again you'll be able to participate on June 12th. 
When:  12:10 pm
Where:  The Walk will begin at the south end of Hy-Vee Hall, promptly at 12:10,  and proceed to the Peace Garden in Cowles Commons.

Starting June 21
Across the country and around the world- (online)
2017 Compassion Course Online with Thom Bond
What:  Register here to start June 21, 2017, ending in June 2018.
The Course starts with foundational concepts and practices that help us understand what engenders compassion and what blocks it. As the year progresses, we work with more advanced practices and processes that help us bring more compassion into our everyday lives.
Throughout the course we work on progressively deepening levels with self-empathy, empathy, emotional triggers, anger, beliefs, dialog, appreciation, requests and more. By the end of the year, the course covers over 50 concepts and differentiations.
The 2017 Course will be delivered in English, German, Arabic and Spanish.
More:  The Schedule
Each week, a new message is published via email. The first message will be published on June 21st, 2017 with subsequent weekly installments published on subsequent Wednesdays. The weekly messages are also mobile-friendly. The course will last for 52 weeks, ending in June 2018.
The Team-  For the members of the Compassion Course Online team this is not a job, this is not even a project… it is a calling, a way for us to live out our deep desire to contribute to a more compassionate world.
  Tuition- $0 or $26 or $52 or $104*     *You choose
Please, when asked "How did you find out about The Compassion Course?" please indicate We, The World. Thank you!
Contact:  If you have questions or need assistance for any other reason, please call +1 646.201.9226 or email
Click Here to Register for the Compassion Course Online

Thursday, July 27 – Sunday, July 30
Chicago, IL
WILPF US 33rd Triennial Congress 2017
What:  Our 2017 Congress is set for Chicago! The conference center and dorm rooms are located on the University of IL-Chicago campus, near the restaurant scenes of Little Italy and Greek Town, as well as within “marching” distance of Jane Addams’s Hull House, our founder’s premier example of a working social democracy.
Contact:  Any questions, please feel free to contact our Congress Coordinator, Chris Wilbeck at 515-229-6988 or

Wed., Aug. 2- Sat., Aug. 6
Minneapolis, MN
Peace & Democracy Conference:  Universalizing Resistance, Democratizing Power!  

Wed., Aug. 6
Iowa City
Pot Luck in the Park With Sierra Club and Other Local Environmental Groups
What:  Bring a dish to share and enjoy a pot luck in Hickory Hill Park,
When & Where:   dinner time, Hickory Hill Park (exact time and
location to be announced)

this coming Fall
Des  Moines area
Fall JustFaith Groups Announced!
What:  Are you interested in JustFaith or do you have a friend or family member who is interested?  Locations, days and times for Des Moines area fall JustFaith groups have just been set:
When & Where:  (details TBA)
Sunday Early Evenings, Central Presbyterian Church
Monday Evenings, SS John & Paul Catholic Church
Tuesday Daytime, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church
Tuesday Evenings, Aldersgate United Methodist Church
Tuesday Evenings, St. John the Apostle Catholic Church
Thursday Daytime, Des Moines Valley Friends House
Thursday Evenings, Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart
Visit for more information about or to register for fall JustFaith offerings in the Des Moines area.

Sat., Sept. 16 through Sun., Sept. 24
Across the country and around the world
Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions
What:  Campaign Nonviolence is calling for action once again during the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions, September 16-24, 2017!  This year our goal is to reach 1000+ marches, rallies, vigils and prayers for peace and nonviolence.  This is a time to come together, build community and join efforts to end war, poverty, racism and environmental destruction.  Let us know you will take part on our CNV Actions page here!

Thurs., Oct., 19- Oct. Sun., Oct. 22
Kansas City, MO
World War I Symposium
What:  Remembering Muted Voices:  Conscience, Dissent, Resistance, and Civil Liberties in World War I through Today
When: contact 816 739 4986
Where:  National World War I Museum and Memorial, Kansas City, MO, USA
 c/o 189 Oak Hill Cluster
MO 64057, USA

Regular Events

Mondays 12 p.m.
Des Moines
Moral Mondays
What: Several Iowa groups will get together to advocate for values like equality, fairness, and justice. In partnership with progressive leaders in the Iowa Legislature, Moral Mondays will highlight a new, moral and values driven bill each week during the Legislative Session.
Where: CHANGE: meeting in Room 304 at the Capitol
Sponsors: Family Planning Council of Iowa, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund, Iowa Citizen Action Network, Iowa AFL-CIO, and partners


Des Moines
WILPF Book group
What:  Book group starting back this fall- will be reading MadHouse Effect by Dr. Michael Mann
When: 10:30 am 
Where: Beaverdale Book Store
More:  Pick up your copy the Beaverdale Book Store meet with the Club starting on Monday, Sept 26 (the Club meets at the Beaverdale Book Store).


1st Monday of the month
Des Moines
WILPF & DM Move to Amend meeting
What:  (beginning in October) Des Moines Move To Amend Working Group will combine forces with Women's International Peace and Justice (WILPF ) members.   Move To Amend will present business at the WILPF meetings on the FIRST Monday of each month.
Where:  Northwest Community Center located at 51st & Franklin in Des Moines 


Tuesdays, 7:30 to 8:30
Des Moines
Des Moines Meditation and Mindfulness Group
What:  Teachers Fred Nelson and David Drake lead the group.
Beginning and experienced meditators are all welcome.  Universal breath mediation and Buddhist philosophy as compatible with all religions.  You may use any silent technique you prefer.  Our group was founded in 1994 by Charles Day to enable anyone to learn and practice meditation and mindfulness to benefit their health, clarity of thinking, self-esteem, peacefulness, and spirituality.  Mats, cushions, and chairs are provided.  Attend regularly or occasionally.  We encourage you to attend all the segments listed above to maximize benefits, but you are welcome to attend any or all of them
When:  Starting at 7:30 pm (see schedule below)
Where:  Friends Meeting House, 4211 Grand Ave. 
More:  Schedule: 
7:30-8:00pm:  First Meditation sitting with instruction
8:00-8:20:  Presentation about meditation, Buddhism, spirituality
8:20-8:30:  Second mediation sitting


1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Iowa City
People for Justice in Palestine (PJP) meetings
What: PJP meeeting
When:  6:30 pm- 8 pm
Where:   currently at the south area of the food court (near Sweets and Treats, toward the parking garage) of the Old Capitol Mall in downtown Iowa City.
More:  Please bring your dinner if you wish. Anyone who is in basic agreement with our mission statement is welcome. See for mission statement & more
Suggestion: Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to UNRWA (UN relief for Palestine refugees). More than $3,000,000,000 of U.S. tax money goes to support Israel every year. Offset your share with a donation to UNRWA.

2nd & 4th Wednesdays of month
Immigration Working Group
What: see contact below for more info
When:  4 pm
Where: NEIPJC, 119 Winnebago St.


Thursdays 11:45 am - 12:15 p.m.
Des Moines
Peace Vigil
What: Members of local peace groups gather to demonstrate for peace.
Where: In front of the Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St.

Thursdays 5:15-- 5:45pm
Peace Vigil
What:  Weekly Vigil for Peace, Healing, and Community
Where:   Port of Burlington by the Statue of Liberty


#sayhername,  Honor women
What:  Please help us honor the women who are too often left out of the conversation and history books.
In solidarity with #blacklivesmatters and #sayhername campaigns, the Peace and Justice Center will honor the work and sacrifice of women. Over the next several weeks, we will gather to read brief biographies of women, past and present, who have promoted racial justice and women who have died as a result of state violence. Following the readings, there will be a moment of vigil and time for conversation. Please help us honor the women who are too often left out of the conversation and history books.
When:  1-2 pm
Where:  PJC (Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center)  119 Winnebago St.
More:  For more information or to offer assistance please contact Katie Becker at


Fridays 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Iowa City
Peace Vigil
What: The Friday peace vigils are being expanded to hour-long rallies. As we mark the 14th year since the invasion of Iraq (as of Sunday), the POTUS is proposing a $54 billion increase in military spending.
Where:  UI Pentacrest


Fridays 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Cedar Rapids
Peace Vigil
What: Members of local peace groups gather to demonstrate for peace.
Where: 1st Ave. and 1st St. NE, Cedar Rapids. (across from the old Federal Building at the Tree of Five Seasons)


Fridays 2 – 3 p.m.
Friday Happy Hour (coffee and tea!)
What:   Did you hear? The PJC is having a Friday Happy Hour each week! Bring something good or uplifting that you found out this week and we'll provide the coffee, tea, and treats. Because it can't be bad news all the time, and spending time sharing happy news is good for you!