Upcoming Events

Tues., Sept. 4 through Fri., Sept. 24
Georgia, USA
Disarm Trident: Savannah to Kings Bay Peace Walk
What:  On 8 am Tuesday, approximately 20 peacemakers from around the country began an 11-day, 110-mile walk from Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia down the length of Georgia's Atlantic coast to the Kings Bay Naval Base, a home to the United States' nuclear-armed Trident Submarine fleet. Named “Disarm Trident: Savannah to Kings Bay Peace Walk,” the walk is a call to abolish nuclear weapons globally. The Kings Bay naval base is home to six of the fourteen nuclear-armed Trident submarines in the U.S. arsenal. One submarine carries twenty missiles, each of which have multiple warheads, amounting to an explosive power per submarine that is thousands of times greater than the single bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Local activists supporting the walk have long protested threats posed by the Kings Bay Trident fleet to the habitat and calving grounds for endangered right whales.
Kathy Kelly, one of the organizers of the walk, said, “We will walk in nonviolence and prayer with the hope of bending the moral arc of the world towards justice and peace.”
Contact:  Voices for Creative Nonviolence: 773-619-2418
Kings Bay Plowshares Support Group: 207-266-0919
More:  For more information, contact Ken Jones 207-233-3087

Tues., Sept. 11, and Tuesdays in September
Des Moines
2018 Season of Creation: Walking Together Through Our Sacred Creation
What:  This year’s celebration once again includes four presentations by speakers which encourage people of faith to consider our creation, give thanks for its gifts, and take action to protect it. The Season of Creation Celebration series will be held on Tuesdays throughout the month of September. The first presentation, entitled The Seventh Generation: An Indigenous Perspective on Creation Care, will be held on September 11, 2018, at 7 p.m.
When:  see link below
Where:  The location of the first week’s presentation will be the Waveland Hall at Plymouth United Church of Christ (4126 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines).
More:  For the complete information about this event, click here!

Tues., Sept. 11 (see more info in event info above)
Des Moines
The Seventh Generation: An Indigenous Perspective on Creation Care – Rev. Nikira Hernandez-Evans (part of 2018 series of free presentations on the 2018 theme, Walking Together Through Our Sacred Creation).
When:  7:00 pm
Where:  Waveland Hall of Plymouth United Church of Christ, 4126 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines
More:  Nikira Hernandez-Evans is a queer, mixed-race minister, activist, and healer. She draws on her Native Paiute ancestry, her studies in Environmental Justice and United Church of Christ traditions to inform her preaching and teaching. Nikira is currently serving as Associate Minister at Plymouth UCC.

Tues., Sept. 11
Des Moines
WILPF Des Moines Branch Meeting
What: WILPF Des Moines Branch Meeting
When:  6pm
Where:  Northwest Community Center, 5110 Franklin Ave.
NOTE:  Take a right after you enter the building – we’ve reserved a classroom for our meetings this year.
More: Agenda:  6pm – Business Meeting
7:15-7:30 – Break for refreshments & conversation
7:30 – 8:45 - Program: The 2018 Commission on the Status of Women, Empowering Rural Women and Girls, held at the United Nations in March.   The themes of CSW 62 was “challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality” and “the empowerment of rural women and girls”. Linda Lemons, who attended CSW as a local to global representative, will talk about her experiences.  Mary Hanon Harrison and Patti Naylor, CSW Workshop presenters of Promises – Betrayals – Hopes, will share portions of their workshop with us.

Wed., Sept. 12
Across the country
NIRS nat’l telebriefing, “Celebrating Four Decades of No Nukes Activism!
What:  You are invited to NIRS’s next national telebriefing, Celebrating Four Decades of No Nukes Activism!, on Wednesday September 12th. Allison Fisher of Public Citizen, who serves on NIRS Board, will moderate this evening of stories and reflections with leaders of the grassroots leaders spanning the past forty years:
Karen Hadden  - SEED Coalition and No uclear Waste Aqui
Deb Katz - Citizens Awareness Network
Michael Keegan - Coalition for a Nuclear-Free Great Lakes and Don’t Waste Michigan
Harvey Wasserman - SolarTopia
When:  7:00pm to 8:30 pm CST
More:  The telebriefing is free, but registration is required.
From NIRS: “We have fought, and won, so many battles over the last four decades … so, let’s raise our hearts together to all those victories … and remember some of the losses too.”
For those who are unable to make it, a  recording of the briefing will be available online the next day.

Mon., Sept. 12 (Note date change)
Des Moines
Retrial of CWers Ed Bloomer, Greg Boertje-Obed and Brian Hynes
What:  The court date for the 3 CW Amigos originally scheduled for Aug. 20 has been postponed to the 10th of September. The judge issued a continuance because not all trial participants were available. Brian Haynes was not able to travel to Des Moines on the 20th.
Polk Co Iowa has deemed it worth their while to retry the 3 CW Amigo's -  Ed Bloomer; Des Moines, Greg Boertje-Obed, Duluth, MN and Brian Hynes, the Bronx NY after their first trial ended in a hung jury last April (see:!topic/national-cw-e-mail-list/bvmNje7ZHkY )
When: Starting Monday, Sept. 10
Where: Polk Co Court, DM IA
More:  DM based CW attorney Glen Downey <>, informed the DMCW that he personally deliver a subpoena on base to Cornell Mark Chidley to appear at Ed, Greg and Brian's Aug 20th trial! REALLY!!!
Contact: 3 Amigos
Brian Hynes <>
Ed Bloomer, Manning CW House 515 777 2180
Contact:   For more info contact:
Gil Landolt - DMCW & Pres. DM Vets For Peace
515 657 0354
Jakob Whitson, Des Moines Catholic Worker
785 340 2458

Wed., Sept. 12
Manhattan, NYC, NY
We, the World & Good News Planet- Celebrating 20 Years
What:  For more info, email IPN
When: 6:30PM - 9:30 PM
Where:  CHURCH OF THE VILLAGE,  201 WEST 13TH STREET (corner of 7th Ave.) Manhattan, NYC
More:  Sliding Scale: $10/20 in advance, $15/25 at the door
Wed., Sept. 12
Iowa City
Iowa City Climate Advocates Monthly Meeting
What:  Iowa City Climate Advocates Monthly Mtg.
When: 7-9 pm
Where:  Prairie Hill Cohousing Common House,140 Prairie Hill Lane, Iowa City (off Miller Ave. between Benton and Highway 1)

Sat., Sept. 15
Cedar Rapids, IA
Rise for Climate Action
What: On September 15, thousands of rallies will be held in communities around the world to demand our local leaders commit to building a fossil free world that works for all of us.
Join with others to RISE to celebrate local climate champions, remember the floods that have impacted so many, and learn ways we can each cut our carbon footprint to address climate change.
When:  10 AM noon
Where:  Green Square Park•5th Street SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Sponsors:  Sponsored by, for more info:

Sat., Sept. 15 (Note Date Change)
Grinnell, IA
Annual Meeting of Iowans For Gun Safety
What:  This meeting is happening on Sept. 15 in Grinnell, Iowa. This meeting was moved from Aug. 25 because of a conflict with the March for Our Lives Die-In at the Capitol (happened Aug. 25)
Contact:  Contact Joann Hagen with general questions or for further information on carpooling (carpooling for Decorah area residents- but otherwise call her with questions.) (563) 382-6462.

Sat., Sept. 15
Around the world
“Rise for Climate”
What: Multiple groups are co-sponsoring a one-day, world-wide coordinated day of action to support the Global Climate Action Summit and climate action around the world. To find an event near you, or organize an event, visit:
Sat., Sept. 15 –Sun., Sept. 23
Around the world
Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions Sept. 15-23, 2018

Sun., Sept. 16
Davenport  (see date for Des Moines below)
The Good Life Redefined
What:  Iowa Interfaith Power and Light’s new program will examine the Good Life and what truly brings joy.
When & Where:  The workshop will be held at St. John’s UMC, 109 E. 14th Street, in Davenport on Sunday, September 16, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  Cost is $20.00. The workshop will also be held at the Conference Center, 2301 Rittenhouse Street in Des Moines on Saturday, October 27, 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM.
More:  Cost is $10.00. There will be a salad potluck, followed by a film festival.  It will also be held at the Wesley Foundation, 120 N. Dubuque Street, in Iowa City, on Sunday, October 28th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  This event is free and open to the public.

Tues., Sept. 18
Des Moines
Spiritual Dimensions of Agriculture - Dr. Fred Kirschenmann (part of Walking Together through our Sacred Creation)
What:  Fred Kirschenmann is Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University and a professor in the Department of Religion and Philosophy. Fred is widely recognized as an eloquent advocate for sustainable agriculture, soil health and organic farming. He continues to manage his family’s 1,800-acre certified-organic farm in south-central North Dakota.
When:  7:00 pm
Where:  Windsor Heights Lutheran Church, 1240 66th St., Des Moines

Tues., Sept. 18
Coralville, IA
Mtg. to start an Iowa City/ Coralville Chapter of Iowa Interfaith Power and Light
What: Join us to brainstorm how an Iowa Interfaith Power & Light Chapter in the Iowa City/Coralville area can help improve the quality of life in our communities by working for climate solutions! Working together as people of faith to reduce the pollution that causes climate change we can have greater impact. We'll be meeting at the greenest church in Iowa! Drive your electric car and you can charge it at the charging stations! (depending on availability)
When: 7 - 8:30 pm
Where:  Unitarian Universalist Society, 2355 Oakdale Rd, Coralville
Contact: Sarah at for more information.

Thurs., Sept. 20
Statewide Strategy Call (AFSC Immigration program)
What:  3rd Thursday of the month (in English)
When:   5pm:
More:  email AFSC for more info

Thurs., Sept. 20
Decorah, IA
Let's Talk / P.I.E.S. (Peace, Immigration, Environment, Social Justice): September
What:  Thursday, September 20th 7PM: "The Forgotten People of Western Sahara"
Fatimetu Jati Emhamed will lead an informative presentation on Africa's last colony- Western Sahara
When:  7 pm
Where:  NEIPJC (NorthEast Peace & Justice Center) 119 Winnebago St., Decorah

Fri., Sept. 21
Des Moines
International Day of Peace Observance
What:  This is an annual Observance. “The Universal Right to Peace” is the theme.  A celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights will be woven into the Service, which will feature the Universal Dances of Peace, led by Morgan Rivers.
When:   6:30 PM
Where:  Peace Garden in Cowles Commons, 221 Walnut Street in Des Moines.    
Sponsor:  The Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace is the primary sponsor of the event.  IPN is a co-sponsor.

Fri., Sept. 21
Waterloo, IA
Int’l Day of Prayer for Peace gathering
What:  The Witness Commission at the South Waterloo Church of the Brethren will provide a gathering for observation of the International Day of Prayer for Peace on September 21st.
When:  6:30 PM
Where:   5605 Ansborough Waterloo
More:  If raining - it will be at the church
Speaker: Abraham Funchess, director    Waterloo Human Rights Commission
Join us for campfire, song, prayer, smores
Bring: lawn chairs, flashlights & a prayer for peace in your hearts.
This is open to all.
Contact: Denise Flory with questions 319 239 5708.

Fri., Sept. 21 – Sat., Sept. 22
Toronto, Ontario
World Beyond War- Legalizing Peace- global conference
What:  World Beyond War is planning an annual global conference in Toronto on September 21 and 22, 2018.
When:  See info at registration
Where:   OCAD University (Ontario College of Art and Design University, 100 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T 1W1, Canada.
More:  Text and video from No War 2016 and No War 2017 are available online. Reports and videos from this next conference will be made available globally. More information about World Beyond War is here.

Fri., Sept. 21- Sat., Sept. 22
Washington DC
CNV National Convergence March and Action!
What:   Join us on Sept. 21, 2018, International Peace Day, for an evening of reflection on five years of Campaign Nonviolence and the next steps forward, with George Martin, Rev. John Dear, Kathy Kelly,  Rev. Lennox Yearwood (invited), Shane Claiborne, Dr. Ken Butigan & Dr. Kit Evans-Ford, and on Sat. Sept. 22, 2018, for a legal rally and a nonviolent silent march from the Martin Luther King, Jr. statue to the White House for a rally and nonviolent direct action.

Sat., Sept. 22
Decorah, IA
The Concert Across America to end Gun Violence: Decorah
What:  Local singers will bring attention to gun violence with participation in the Decorah Concert Across America to End Gun Violence.
When: 3PM
Where:  Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (701 Iowa Ave) in Decorah
More:  With common sense gun laws more at- risk than ever, artists and activists will mobilize with music to tell our elected officials that America's gun violence epidemic won't be solved by more guns.
There will be a free-will offering to be split between Iowans for Gun Safety (Box 8834, Cedar Rapids, 52408) and the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center (119 Winnebago Street, Decorah 52101)
For more information on gun violence go to

Tues., Sept. 24
Des Moines
Iowa Sanctuary Meeting
What: Iowa Sanctuary Meeting, Des Moines
When: 6pm
More:  More info, email AFSC

Tues., Sept. 25
Urbandale, IA
Climate Change Demands that the Dream of a World of Abundance Becomes a Reality - Matt Russell (part of Walking Together through our Sacred Creation)
What:  Matt Russell is the Executive Director of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light. He is a 5th generation Iowa farmer and an outspoken advocate for finding solutions to climate change. In his role at Iowa IPL, he combines an early career in ministry with a more recent career in sustainable agriculture
When:  7:00 pm
Where:  Mary and Martha Room of St Pius X Catholic Church, 3663 66th St., Urbandale

first appearance: Wed., Sept. 26
Iowa City (see below for other events/ locations)
Dorothy Day's granddaughter, Kate Hennessy, author of the best-selling and critically-acclaimed book, Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother, is coming to Iowa in September for a statewide speaking tour.
What: Dorothy Day (1897-1980) was a prominent Catholic, writer, social activist, and co-founder of a movement dedicated to serving the poorest of the poor. Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty is a frank and reflective, heartfelt, and humorous portrayal written by her granddaughter, Kate Hennessy. The New York Times calls it "an intimate, revealing and sometimes wrenching family memoir of the journalist and social advocate who is now being considered for canonization."

Kate is an incredibly engaging speaker and has been been on a nationwide book tour for months, packing in and selling out venues across the country. Please join us September 26-30 in Iowa City, Davenport, Waterloo, Ames, or Ankeny for this can't-miss series of events.
When & Where:
Iowa City - Wed, Sept 26, 6:30-8pm
University of Iowa Catholic Newman Center
104 East Jefferson Street, Iowa City
Co-sponsored by the Iowa City Catholic Worker,
UI Catholic Newman Center, and Tau Omega Catholic Service Fraternity
  *with a very special book reading and signing at Prairie Lights Bookstore, noon-1pm
Davenport, Thur, Sept 27, 6:30-8pm
Christ the King Chapel, Saint Ambrose University
518 West Locust Street, Davenport
Co-sponsored by the Iowa City Catholic Worker
and Saint Ambrose University
Waterloo, Fri, Sept 28, 7-9pm
St. Edward Catholic Church
1423 Kimball Ave, Waterloo
Co-sponsored by the Iowa City Catholic Worker
and Waterloo Catholic Worker
Ames, Sat, Sept 29, 7-9pm
St. Thomas Aquinas Church and Catholic Student Center
2210 Lincoln Way, Ames
Co-sponsored by the Iowa City Catholic Worker
and Mustard Seed Catholic Worker Farm
Ankeny, Sun, Sept 30, 6:30-8pm
Our Lady of the Immaculate Heart Catholic Church
510 East 1st Street, Ankeny
Co-sponsored by the Iowa City Catholic Worker
and the OLIH Social Action Committee
More events throughout the day in each city are still being added to the schedule, so stay tuned for updates about this exciting statewide tour.

Thurs., Sept. 27
Des Moines
Environmental Justice: An Iowa Value
What:  This is the topic for the Iowa Environmental Council’s 2018 Annual Conference, to be held on Thursday, September 27.
Where:  Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport.
More:  For more information, please go to

Thurs., Sept. 27
Coralville, IA
Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown
What: Project Drawdown is the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming, put together by a qualified and diverse group of researchers from around the world to identify, research, and model the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change. What was uncovered is a path forward that can roll back global greenhouse gas emissions within thirty years. Learn more at this presentation!
When:  6:00-8:00 PM
Where:  Coralville Public Library, Meeting Room A

Fri., Sept. 28
Cedar Rapids, IA
Reconciliation in Rwanda
What: Olivet Presbyterian Church will host Rev. Bizimana Nkukmbuyinka Jerome, President of Remera Presbytery in Rwanda.  He will share how the church helped bring about reconciliation by bringing together survivors and perpetrators of the 1994 genocide of Tutsi Rwandans.
When: 7 pm
Where:  Olivet Presbyterian Church, 237 10th St. NW, in Cedar Rapids
Sat., Sept. 29
Iowa City
PEACE Iowa Annual Mtg.
What:  Potluck, music, and program
When:  12- Potluck & music; 1-3 Program
Where: Lower City Park, 8, Iowa City
More:  from PEACE Iowa- “Please join us as we celebrate our work over the past year and enjoy food!
ALL ARE WELCOME! This is a great event for inviting potential members to learn more about Peace Iowa.
More details to come!

Next available:  Mon., Oct. 1
Ottumwa, IA
(see below for other locations & times)
Mental Health First Aid class
What:  The Bishop’s Mental Health Task Force invites you to an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance abuse challenge. The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of addiction and mental illness.   The trainings are open to anyone who is called to learn more about mental illness and substance use/abuse. Clergy are eligible to receive .8CE’s. Here are the dates/locations for the remaining Trainings: Monday, October 1, Ottumwa First UMC; Thursday, November 10, Aldersgate UMC in Des Moines.  Sessions are 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM (Ottumwa starts and ends an hour later.). Information/registration:

Tues, Oct. 2
Des Moines
Finding Hope in this Time of Environmental Crisis - United Methodist Bishop Laurie Haller (part of Walking Together through our Sacred Creation)
What: Laurie Haller, Resident Bishop Iowa Area of The United Methodist Church, was elected Bishop at the 2016 North Central Jurisdictional Conference. She was serving as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Birmingham in the Detroit Annual Conference when she was elected to the Episcopacy. She is the author of the book Recess; Rediscovering Play and Purpose (2015).
When: 7:00 pm
Where:  Immanuel United Methodist Church, 2900 49th St., Des Moines

Sat., Oct. 6- Sat., Oct. 13
Around the World
Keep Space for Peace Week
What:  International Week of Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space
No Space Force
No Missile Defense
Close U.S./NATO Bases Worldwide
Stop Drones Surveillance & Killing
End Privatization of Foreign/Military Policy
Where:  Email IPN for info on locations of protests (none in Midwest) Plan your own and let IPN know!!!!
Space Week Co-Sponsor: Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, U.S. Section

Sat., Oct. 6
Cedar Rapids, IA
JFON Award Ceremony
What:  JFON (Justice for our Neighbors) will hold a fundraising benefit on Saturday, October 6. At the Lunch Reception, JFON will honor 15 years of service of Doris Knight, with the First Iowa Immigration Leadership Award.  Volunteers from each of the 7 Legal Clinics statewide will also be recognized.
When:  11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Where: Coe College, Clark Alumni House, in Cedar Rapids. 
More:  For more information, please contact Sol Varisco, Executive Director at, or at 515-707-0020

Next mtg.:  Tues., Oct. 9
Corydon, IA  (see other locations & dates below)
Race: The Power of an Illusion
What:  The Iowa Conference UMW in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Human Services is offering this one-day educational experience that brings people from various backgrounds together to begin “courageous conversations” as they explore the interactions of race, equity and child welfare guided by trained facilitators using a variety of resources.  (0.5 UMC CEUs, SW CEUS & foster parent credit hours available.) Lunch is provided, but donations are appreciated.
When &Where:  These Learning Exchanges are offered on the following dates/locations:  Tuesday, October 9, Corydon UMC, Tuesday, October 16, New Hampton UMC, Monday, October 29, Storm Lake UMC.  Time for each is 8:45 AM – 3:45 PM.
More:  Pre-registration is required.
Contact:  Kathi Mitchell at:, or call before 7:30 AM or after 3:30 PM at: 563-419-6795

Thurs., Oct. 11- Sat., Oct. 13
Des Moines
Rock the Block Event with Habitat for Humanity
What:  Congregations, faith communities and groups of all sizes and varieties are invited to join in the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity's 2018 InterFaith Rock the Block® event. Scheduled for October 10-13, 2018, the event will focus on repairs, maintenance, weatherization, beautification, safety, and accessibility projects at the owner-occupied homes of qualified residents of the King-Irving and Mondamin Presidential neighborhoods in Des Moines.  This event will serve as an intentional and tangible opportunity for people representing diverse faith traditions to work alongside one another to create tangible, positive change in our community.
Contact:  For more information, contact Brendalyn Shird at, or by phone at 515/471-8686 x112
Thurs., Oct. 11
Houston, TX
The Jerusalem Conference (hosted by Churches for Middle East Peace)
What:  Join our executive director, Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, in Houston, Texas, on October 11 for The Jerusalem Conference! As part of the Room for Hope festival, this one-day conference provides an opportunity for people of all faiths to gather and work towards an inclusive Jerusalem and demand a just peace.  LEARN MORE
1.) Fall 2018 Pilgrimage to Peace (P2P) Tour
Join CMEP's (Churches for Middle East Peace) executive director, Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, October 25-November 7 as she and Palestinian Christian, Sami Awad, and Israeli Human Rights Activist, Jessica Montell, travel around the country on Pilgrimage to Peace (P2P). Cities and regions confirmed include Delaware; Grand Rapids, MI; Seattle, WA; and Colorado Springs, CO. Contact us if you have meetings or communities or churches with whom you'd like for us to meet!  LEARN MORE

2.) Watch: "What's Next for Palestine Refugees and UNRWA"
Kyle Cristofalo, CMEP's(Churches for Middle East Peace) Director of Advocacy and Government Relations, hosts a webinar interview with Elizabeth Campbell, the U.S. Director of UNRWA. Elizabeth provides an introduction to UNRWA services and an update on the funding crisis after the U.S. announced it would freeze U.S. aid to the agency by 83%. Kyle and Elizabeth also discuss what's next for Palestinian refugees and UNRWA.  Webinar Replay

3.) Iowa Sanctuary Movement
The Iowa Sanctuary Movement is seeking help for families in need. These families are in Des Moines seeking asylum. All donations may be taken to the American Friends Service Committee office, located at 4211 Grand Ave, in Des Moines.
10-year-old girl: shirts, size 12; pants, size 10; shoes, size 6
10-year-old boy: shirts, size 12; pants, size 14; shoes, size 6
Adult woman: shirts, size 12, pants, size 14; shoes, size 9
Adult woman: shirts, size M, pants, size 14; shoes, size 8
The families also need help purchasing fresh foods (gift cards) or garden produce, cooking oil, and toilet paper.
4.) Polk County Food Pantry Volunteers
Polk County Food Pantry is in need of volunteers to help participants shop for their food. Days are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., with 3-4 hour intervals. Mondays and Fridays volunteers are especially welcomed. For more information, please click here! If you’d like to volunteer, contact Mary at 515-286-3695.
5.) DART Central Station – Mobile Food Pantry
The DMARC Mobile Food Pantry is in need of three volunteers every week to help at the DART Central Station Mobile Food Pantry site! Volunteering with the DMARC Mobile Food Pantry is just like helping a friend grocery shop. As a volunteer personal shopper, you will meet at the mobile pantry site and assist clients in selecting their food items after they have gone through intake. Training is available. To volunteer, please click here!

Sat., Oct. 13
Des Moines
Iowa International Center’s Passport to Prosperity
The Iowa International Center is proud to honor refugees and immigrants who contribute to the cultural, economic, educational or social fabric of Iowa at our annual gala, Passport to Prosperity. Award nominations are now open for the 2018 Passport to Prosperity. We encourage you to nominate individuals who have inspired you through their lives, dedication, and work.
When:  6 pm Food and Drinks
Where:  Olmsted Center, Drake University
More:  New to this year, we are introducing the Emerging Leader Award (for individuals aged 17-24). All are invited to nominate a young person from the refugee or immigrant community who is making a positive impact.
For more info on donating if you can’t make it to the gala, contact Catherine Tran to learn more about these opportunities:, 515-282-8269 x15

Mon., Oct. 15
Des Moines
Nuns on the Buss at YESS
What:  NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus are hitting the road again in October — for the first time in two years — to hold members of Congress accountable for their votes on the 2017 Tax Bill and the many attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. See website>>
When:  1:30 pm
Where:  YESS- 918 SE 11th St, Des Moines, IA 50309

Thurs., Oct. 18
Des Moines
7th annual Occupy the World Food Prize rally and direct action
What:  Details tba.

Sun., Oct. 21
Across the world
Bread for the World Sunday
What: Bread for the World Sunday is an opportunity for your church or community of faith to join with others—in thousands of churches across the country—to live out God's vision of a world without hunger. Through our prayers for an end to hunger, letters, phone calls to our nation's leaders, and financial support for global, national and local anti-hunger organizations, your church can give bold witness to God's justice and mercy in the world. Bread for the World Sunday is scheduled for October 21, 2018. For more information, and free worship resources, click here!

Sat., Oct. 27
Des Moines
MFSA’s Fall Statewide Gathering
What:  MFSA’s Fall Statewide Gathering will be held on Saturday, October 27th.
Keynote speaker for the event is the Rev. Dr. Michael Blackwell, who will speak on “The Color Line: Dismantling Racism in the Twenty-First Century.”  During the brief business meeting following lunch, officers for 2019 will be elected.
When: beginning at 9:45 AM
Where:  Immanuel UMC, 2900 49th St., in Des Moines

Fri., Nov. 2- Sun., Nov. 4
Cleveland, OH
NWTRCC Conference
What:  The next NWTRCC (National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee) Conference is in Cleveland, November 2-4. The theme is "The Science of Peace." The tentative schedule and registration for the weekend can be found here. Please submit any proposals for the business meeting to the NWTRCC coordinator by September 30th.

Fri., Nov. 2- Sun., Nov. 4
Des Moines
Urban Immersion Program
What:  Registration is now open for this fall!  The Immersion is scheduled for November 2-4 and is open to all adults and families.
Contact:  For more information, call: 515-782-3054.  This program is sponsored by the Center for Social Ministry.

Fri., Nov 2- Sat., Nov. 3
Des Moines
2018 WFAN Annual Conference - Registration Open
What:  You are changing foodscapes. You’re growing food, preserving soil, running for office, advocating for change, and so much more every day. You’re not afraid to do things a little differently. You lead by example and you’re willing to move people to action with your own stories.
It’s hard, often isolating, and so important. Every year this network has the opportunity to come together and build community. It’s a chance to learn from our diverse peers, build a stronger network, and foster connections for long-lasting change. This year we’re taking our experiences, connections, and stories, and using them to step into action.
The 2018 WFAN Annual Conference will be held Nov. 2 – 3 in Des Moines, IA. This year’s conference theme is Stepping Into Action: Changing Foodscapes through Individual and Community Power.
When:  See here, under "Agenda"
Where: Holiday Inn Downtown.
More:  Our keynote speaker is returning generation farmer Aleya Fraser. She has been farming for the last 5 years on the ancestral lands of Harriet Tubman on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where she grew a variety of fruits and vegetables for market and saved seeds for future generations on the farm that she co-founded named Black Dirt Farm.
The conference will feature women in our network through regional field tours featuring diverse ag businesses and urban ag projects; day-long Plate to Politics intensives for potential candidates and campaign organizers; a farm-to-table dinner at the Des Moines Art Center; art + story gallery featuring work by women farmers; creative community building; and workshops.
More announcements coming throughout the summer, including info on scholarships, call for art, call for stories, workshop announcements, and more!

Sat., Nov. 10 & Sun., Nov. 11
Washington DC and across the country
Armistice Day, Not Weapons Day
What:   Everything You Need for November 10th and 11th-  Stop Trump’s Military Parade in Washington on November 10.  Celebrate Armistice Day and Peace Everywhere on November 11.
When & Where: Sign up for any event on the world map here, or add a new one.
More: If you can be in Washington, D.C., to oppose the Trump military parade, also sign up here. There will be family-friendly, permitted, pro-peace events. There may also be opportunities to try to prevent the weapons parade. Or our public commitment to be there may discourage the parade planners from holding it. So it is important that we commit now en masse.
When: Join in the Women’s March on the Pentagon on October 21-22.
Come to a free peace concert in Washington D.C., November 9, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. planned by Code Pink.
We’ll also be part of Catharsis on the Mall, November 10-12, in Washington, D.C.
Thurs., Nov. 29
Des Moines
ReThink Poverty
What:  Spend a simulated month in poverty and gain a better understanding of what it’s like to live below the poverty line.  This interactive event promotes poverty awareness, increases understanding, and inspires local change. The Rethink Poverty simulation will take place on Thursday, November 29, 2018.
When:  from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Where:  Catholic Pastoral Center (601 Grand Avenue, Des Moines),
More:  To register, click here!  Reserve your spot today! Have Questions?  Contact us by phone at 515/782-3054, or by e-mail at

Sun., June 23- Tues., June 25
Washington, DC
Super Early Bird Registration for CMEP's 2019 Summit Now Open! What:  Join us June 23-25, 2019, in Washington, D.C. for our annual Advocacy Summit. 2019's topic will be: Persistent Hope: 35 Years of Pursuing Peace and Restorative Justice in the Middle East.

Regular Events

Sundays  2p.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)

(1st and 3rd Sundays of each month)
Des Moines
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
What:  SURJ meets the first and third Sundays of each month.
When: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Where:   Medbury Honors Lounge, at Drake University.
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 Monday Morning Book Club
What: The club just started reading “Runaway Inequality”, by Les Leopold.  Designed to address the problems faced by everyday working people, with over 100 eye-popping and accessible charts and graphs, it pits the facts in your hands to you can grasp what is really going on in our economy-and what we can do about it.
When: 10:30am September through May
Where:  Beaverdale Book Store, Des Moines (Beaverdale)


1st Monday of each Month, Sept-May
Des Moines
What: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Where: NorthWest Community Center, 51st and Franklin  *unless otherwise announced*
More: "Like" them on Facebook at for the most up to date info.  


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.

4th Tuesdays of each month
Des Moines
Iowa Sanctuary Meeting
What:  4th Tuesday of the month
When:  6 pm
More:  for more info email AFSC: click here

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

Fridays 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Iowa City
Peace Vigil
What:  Everyone is welcome.  *This event is wheelchair accessible.*.
Where: Meet up at the intersection of Iowa Ave. and Clinton St.,
on the University of Iowa Pentacrest.


Saturday Vigils: 4-5:00 pm
Des Moines
Saturday Vigils: Help Break the Silence
What: Join the DM Catholic Worker and DM Vets for Peace in a Vigil each Saturday, as they seek to break the silence surrounding the mission and work of the Drone Command Center.  From this center missiles are sent thousands of miles away dropping death and destruction on targets that often include innocent civilians.
Where: at the National Guard Drone Command Center, 3100 McKinley, in Des Moines