Wed., June 21
Across the country
“Social Media 201” with Erica & Sam from NWTRCC (National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee)
What:  Please join NWTRCC’s Social Media consultant Erica Weiland and Field Organizer Sam Koplinka-Loehr on Wednesday, June 21, and learn how to use social media to build our movement!
When:  8 pm CST (6 PM pacific time; 9 PM eastern)
More:  This more advanced social media webinar covers making unique hashtags, memes for your campaigns, creating events and expanding your reach on both Facebook and Twitter.

Wed., June 21
Des Moines
Iowa Health Care Crisis-Solutions in the Making - Second Meeting
What:  Iowa Senator Matt McCoy, Representative John Forbes and former Senator Jack Hatch will continue the discussions about solutions to the Iowa Health Care Crisis at this meeting. They have invited other legislators and the Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen. Ommen has proposed some solutions and these will be discussed. The alternatives include opening up Medicaid and other public options.
When:  6-8 pm
Where:  Des Moines Public Library, 1000 Grand Ave.
More:  Effective January 1st, 2018 72,000 Iowans will lose their insurance coverage through the Iowa Insurance Exchange (Obamacare) without action. This is the second meeting in search of solutions.  Open to the public. Please invite those that may be affected by this insurance crisis.

Thurs., June 22
Let's Talk / P.I.E.S.: June 8- Immigration:  Update and informational session on JFON (Justice for our Neighbors) legal clinics
What: P.I.E.S. talks (Peace, Immigration, Environment, and Social Justice) June 22- Ramadan Letter Writing Program
When:  Thursdays, 9 a.m.
Where:  NEIPJC- 119 Winnebago, Decorah
More:  June events: 
22: Social Justice: Ramadan Letter Writing Program: Join us to write letters to inmates for the month of Ramadan
29: Ramadan Letter Writing Program 

Des Moines
24hr/7day "Stop the Killing" picket line DM base Drone Center
What: 24/7 "Stop the Killing" picket line @ IA National Guard Drone Command Center
When: starting noon, Thursday, May 11th
Where: 3100 McKinney Ave, DM IA
 More:  The DM Vets for Peace and DM Catholic Worker community are sounding this alarm May 1st, the 84th Anniversary of the Catholic Worker movement to honor Dorothy Day and the movement she started in 1933. She was right about WWII and we are doing her proud by setting up this picket line.
 We are setting a May 11th day because this is the soonest our community could start being a support for the 24/7 effort, plus it gives us enough time to invite others to join us sooner, rather than later. WE NEED THE HELP!  Starting this open ended 24 hr. / 7 days a week witness is an act of faith, enough to believe others will join us and a real local conversation will get started about the morality of what is going on at the Drone Command Center on the south side of Des Moines.
PS: Housing provided for friends, fellow CWers and supporters who wish to join the effort.
Please pass this notice on....
Contact:  Gil Landolt - DMCW & Pres. DM Vets For Peace, peacevet@hotmail.com515 333-2180 OR Frank Cordaro, Des Moines Catholic Worker,

Sat., June 24
Slater, IA
Original clay and wax sculptures art show: “The Nasty Women Show”
What:  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.
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. 
When: Hours:  10am-4pm; If scheduled hours don’t work, for appointments call Sherrie (515) 771-0181.
Where:  Expressions Gallery & Studio, 412 Main St (PO Box 15), Slater, IA  50244
More:  New Pieces are being added throughout the run of the show.

Mondays- next is Mon.,June 26
Brace for Impact
What: Brace For Impact returns with Mary Jorgenson. Strategies for Resilience in Stressful Times. Topics for the weekly sessions include Resilience Life Skills; Stress and the Body/Brain; Healthy Optimism; and Self Talk that Works.
When:  5:30-6:30 pm
Where:   NEIPJC (see below)
More:  Attendance is encouraged for everyone, whether or not previously attended. Admission is free, with a minimum $5 suggested donation to the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center, located at 119 Winnebago Street, Decorah. Doors will be open from 5:15-7:00 to allow for individual conversation

Tues., June 27 and ongoing Tuesdays
Des Moines
Regular Centering Prayer
What:  End your work day with Centering Prayer.
When: Tuesdays at 5:15
Where:  St. John's Lutheran Church (600 6th Avenue, Des Moines).
More:  If you live or work downtown, Drake Neighborhood, Ingersoll, East Village, River Bend or Sherman Hills, or if you are just looking for a good way to enjoy some silence and solitude at the end of your work day, join us Tuesdays at 5:15.  Lots of free parking in the lot west of the church. We do a short reading followed by 20 minutes of Centering Prayer, so you will be on your way home by 6:00. For questions, contact Chris Frantsvog  306-1221, See all the COCI prayer group listings at

Sat., July 8
Des Moines
Food, Faith, Climate Workshop
What:   Learn how you can be part of a solution to greenhouse gas emissions with your own food practices. As much as one third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from our food system with far reaching effects that impact our climate, our crops, and the crops of the poor around the world who are struggling to feed their families in the face of changing weather patterns due to climate change. To register for this event or to learn more, click HERE.
When: from 10 am-12 pm
Where:  Valley United Methodist Church (4201 Ashworth Rd, West Des Moines, IA 50265)

Wednesdays starting July 12 thru Aug. 9
Des Moines
Summer Prayer Series: Easing Into Prayer; Armchair Mystic
What:  Come to Emmaus House for a five-week prayer experience using the book Armchair Mystic by Mark Thibodeaux, S.J. Fr. Thibodeaux incorporates many forms of prayer, meditation and reflection to take participants though stages of maturing in prayer as they participate in daily exercises and reflections that provide opportunities to grow deeper in relationship with God. Participants commit to daily prayer and meeting together as a group.
When:  Choose to join either the morning group that meets from 10 to 11:30 or the evening group that meets from 6 to 7:30.
More:  The fee is only $30, plus the cost of the book, Armchair Mystic, by Mark Thibodeaux S.J.  Please register online For more information, call Cindy Shaw at Emmaus House, 515-282-4839.

Sat., July 15
Des Moines
2017 Statewide CCI Convention: Revolution Iowa: From Protest to Power
What:    Sen. Bernie Sanders will be coming back to Iowa to keynote CCI’s convention! Sign up here! (use promo code EARLYBERN to get $20 off registration fee!)
Where:  Iowa Events Center, 730 3rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Sat., July 15 & Sun., July 16
Des Moines
Mini-Retreats with Tom Elliot
What:  Two mini-retreats are scheduled for the weekend of July 15! First, on Saturday, July 15th come to St. Mary Nazareth Parish (4600 Meredith Drive, Des Moines) for a workshop led by Tom Elliott, author and spiritual director. The object of the workshop is to find renewed energy and passion in our vocation and the important decisions we've made in life.
The second retreat of the weekend will be on July 16th at 1:00 to 2:30 pm at Emmaus House. Tom Elliot will present on the role of suffering within Christianity, the five most common sources of suffering in and four specific ways to respond to the ungodly and painful situations we experience in life.
When:  Sat., 9 am to 3 pm; Sun., 1-2:30 pm
More:  Cost is $35. Seating is limited at both events, so register today on Emmaus House’s Upcoming Events page HERE. For more information, please call Cindy Shaw at Emmaus House, 515-282-4839.


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 or 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 .              

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

5.) 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.


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

Fri., July 28- Sat., July 29
Huntington, IN
A Call to Christ’s Way of Nonviolence
What: A Conference on Nonviolence organized by the Victory Noll Center featuring John Dear, Ken Butigan and Kit Evans-Ford.   Jesus counsels, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called Children of God,” to Palestinian Jews living under an oppressive, Roman occupation. Paul writes to the church in Rome, “Never pay back evil for evil to anyone…,” as it is struggling with racial and cultural divisions between Jew and Gentile.
Is the call to nonviolence still a call for us today? What are the alternative methods of engagement, and how can we become aware of them and learn to use them both in our relational and social contexts?
Ken Butigan, John Dear, and Kit Evans-Ford from Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service and Campaign Nonviolence will be leading this intentional conversation and training on how to build culture of nonviolence. We hope you can join us for this transforming experience.
When:  Friday, July 28, 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, July 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More:  Early registrations through July 1. Cost: $95 through July 1. $110 after July 1.

Wed., Aug. 2- Sun., Aug. 6
Minneapolis, MN
Move to Amend’s Democracy Convention 2017
What:  The word "democracy" comes from the Greek. Broken down, it means the people (demos) rule (kratia).
The trouble We the People seem to be having is that too many of us think democracy just happens, rather than making democracy happen -- it simply doesn't work that way. The degradation of the American experiment in democracy into early-stage fascism requires democracy movement organizers and supporters to practice democracy with passion, an open mind, in solidarity and with immediacy.
When:   Starting 8:00 AM Aug. 2- through Aug. 6, 8 pm
Where:  University of Minnesota • 269 19th Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55455
More:  Join the movement to legalize democracy and help build democracy in the US. Register here for Democracy Convention 2017 in Minneapolis, August 2 - 6: 

Sat., Aug. 26
Des Moines
Walk to Support Women Needing a Second Chance
What:  Crossroads of Iowa is hosting its annual Women’s Walk on Saturday, August 26.
When:  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the walk beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Where:  Gray’s Lake Park
More:  Early registrants will receive a t-shirt. The proceeds from this event will go towards starting a new program proven to decrease recidivism. For more information or to register for the event, keep posted for new link. For an event flyer, click HERE

Sun., Sept. 10
Des Moines
Progress Iowa sweet corn feed and discussion
What:   Join Progress Iowa for Iowa sweet corn and a discussion about progressive ideas!  
When:  Doors open at 2:00pm
Where:  Simon Estes Amphitheater, 75 E Locust.
More:  SPEAKERS:  Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, (additional speakers will be announced as the event approaches).

Sat., Sept. 30
Griswold, IA
8-Day Intensive, Post-Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat
What:  Enjoy the fall colors and last warm days of the year at the lovely Creighton University Retreat Center (.  Immerse yourself in the total silence, except for the sounds of nature.
When:  8:30 a.m. through Saturday, October 7, 5:00 p.m.
Where:  Creighton University Retreat Center (16493 Contrail Ave, Griswold, IA).
More:  Registration will be limited to 19 retreatants and 4 retreat staff.  Retreat will be open to people with Centering Prayer experience, and who have previously attended, at minimum, a weekend silent retreat. For questions, contact Chris Frantsvog at or Paul Witmer at
For more information or to register, please click HERE.

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 
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  and more when you host an exhibit in the weeks following!
What:  Travelling Exhibition: VOICES of CONSCIENCE – Peace Witness in the Great War. 
What:  The Travelling Exhibition will premier at the Remembering Muted Voices Symposium October 19-22, 2017 at the National WWI Museum in Kansas City.  
More:  contact IPN to receive the document with more information on becoming a host, or registering for the Symposium Oct. 18-22.  Please also circulate this information to those who might be interested in your networks.  Perhaps some of your colleagues would like the travelling exhibition to come to their colleges, synagogues, mosques or churches also.  The exhibition is already booked for the week following the Symposium at Rainbow Mennonite Church in Kansas City in a partnership with Church of the Brethren and local Quakers.  They are also inviting others to help.
Contact:  For any questions about the exhibition please contact directly Annette LeZotte, the director of the Kaufman Museum at Bethel College in Kansas. Annette is cc above and she has given more contact information in the flier.

Thurs., Oct. 26
Des Moines
Rising Strong: Cultivating a Spiritual Practice with Courage, Creativity and Compassion
What:  Rising Strong™ is a one-day workshop based on the research of Dr. BrenĂ© Brown. The simple physics of vulnerability is if we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. This workshop is about what it takes to get back up and how owning our stories of struggle give us the power to write a brave new ending. Struggle can be our greatest call to courage and the clearest path to a wholehearted life.
When:  The workshop will be on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 8:30am – 5:30pm
Where:  First Christian Church (2500 University Ave).
More:   Please bring your own lunch. To register or learn more, please click HERE.

Fri., Oct. 27- Sun., Oct. 29
Griswold, IA
Circle of Life Retreat
What:  A Circle of Life Retreat, directed by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr, will be held Oct. 27-29. Using the seasons as a backdrop for prayer, the directors will encourage participants to find their personal stories hidden in the life-giving spirit of these four emerging transitions: spring, blossoming and new beginnings; summer, fruitfulness and passion; autumn, harvesting and fruitful dying; winter, nurturing the seed in the holy darkness of your being. Registration is now open. >> See

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
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 4:00 - 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.


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!