Events

Upcoming Events 






Now, ending soon
Des Moines area
PrairieFire Accepting Applications Now!
What:  Applications are being accepted now and interested individuals should submit their applications soon.  The class fills quickly and won't be offered again for another two years. For more information, or to apply, click here!

Now
Des Moines
Center for Social Ministry- Urban Immersion program
What:  Registration is Now Open!
We’ve just scheduled our first Urban Immersion for this fall! The Immersion is scheduled for November 2-4, 2018, and is open to all adults and families. If you’re interested in more information, or would like to register, just click here, or contact us by phone at 515/782-3054

Wed., May 16
Des Moines
Open House at WILPF US
What:  Open House at WILPF US!  You’re invited to our open house at the WILPF United States Section’s new office, located at the Friends House, 4211 Grand Ave (enter the parking lot from 42nd St).
When: 4-6pm
Where:  (Friends House, 4211 Grand Ave., Des Moines- see above)
More:  We’ve been there for a few months and want you all to see why we love our new digs.  Please stop by!

Thurs., May 17
Decorah, IA
Let's Talk / P.I.E.S. (Peace, Immigration, Environment, Social Justice): May 17- Sthela Hanitrinirina
Thursday, May 17th 6PM- Sthela Hanitrinirina
What: He for She Madagasikara 2018 This event is organized to share a story of Malagasy people, their food and a new initiative/ project designed by a Luther Student, Sthela Gun Holly Hanitrinirina. During this event, there will be a fundraising for "He for She Kits" for youth leaders working toward gender justice in Madagascar. Each penny will go to give more kits to youth leaders to use in their community. The event will include Malagasy Meal, conversation, and storytelling.
Free will donations to the project are welcome. Contact: Questions: (563) 382-5696.
When: 6 pm
Where: NEIPJC (119 Winnebago St., Decorah)
More: Thursday, May 24th 7 PM - Kristin Eggen North Country Trail  Come hear about how Kristin solo-hiked over 400 miles on the North Country trail from Marquette, MI to Freesoil, MI. The NCT is our nation's longest national scenic trail, spanning over 4,000 miles from central North Dakota to the Vermont-New York border!


Thurs., May 17
Des Moines
Can't Fight Hate With Hate! Peace, Respect & Empathy- Frank Meeink
What:  In his bestselling memoir, Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead, Frank Meeink chronicles his early involvement in white supremacist groups and the transformation that led him to question-and then combat-this destructive ideology. Meeink will share the story of his descent into America's Nazi underground and his ultimate triumph over hatred and addiction in a presentation titled "CAN'T FIGHT HATE WITH HATE! Peace, Respect & Empathy," as part of Central Presbyterian Church's new Jamie Wade Memorial Speaker Series.
When:  7:00 p.m.
Where:  Fellowship Hall of Central Presbyterian Church (3829 Grand Avenue, Des Moines).
More:  Copies of the memoir will be available for purchase. Book signing will follow. For more information about the event, click here! For an event flyer, click here!

Application date Fri., May 18 for a camp July 26-29
Des Moines
Interfaith Youth Leadership Camp
What:  The Des Moines Area Religious Council and the Comp[arison Project at Drake University are proud to co-host the second Annual Interfaith Youth Leadership Camp, July 26-29, at Drake.   20 high school students representing a diverse array of religious traditions and communities will learn about each other’s religious beliefs and practices. Each Interfaith Youth Leader will receive a $500 honorarium for their participation.  Please apply by May 18th.
More:  For more information, please go to: https://www.iowainterfaithexchange.com/youthcamp/

Sat., May 19
Des Moines
Progressive Voices Concert Series presents:  Triflemore
What: TRIFLEMORE is  a transatlantic folk duo, including one from small-town America and the other form the northernmost islands of Scotland.  They bring their varied experiences to the table, creating music with subtle flavors of vintage British Isles folk, Baroque, and Celtic
When:  7:30 pm
Where:   Unitarian Church 1800 Bell Ave., DM
More:  Tickets on sale now:  $20 advance/$25 at the door.  Get your tickets online at BrownPaperTickets.com

Sat., May 19
Des Moines
First Annual Latino Voices Together Gala
What:  The Gala will be held on Saturday, May 19
When:   5:00 – 7:00 PM
Where:  Lucca Italian Restaurant, 420 E. Locust St., in Des Moines
More:  Meet Latino elected officials from across Iowa.  Keynote speaker is Nebraska State Senator Tony Vargas.
For more information, please go to: http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php

Sat., May 19
Des Moines
2nd Annual Arm Forces Day "Stop the Killing" Rally and Direct Action
What:  Rally and Direction Action; Featured Speaker: Elliott Adams
(Creating a Culture of Peace, Chair, http://www.creatingacultureofpeace.org/
Meta Peace Team, Training Committee, http://www.metapeaceteam.org/
Veterans For Peace, past president https://www.veteransforpeace.org/)
When:  4 p.m.
Where: IA Air Guard Drone Command Center, 3100 McKinley Ave, Des Moines, IA
More:  A year ago May 16, five days into a 24/7 ‘Stop the Killing’ picket line at the IA Air Guard Drone Command Center, we posted “a call to do weekly Sat 'line crossings', risk arrest & for those who can 'go to jail' Dorothy Day's way.  I wrote “There is no other place in Iowa, more directly engaged in killing people through our US Global Empire than the mission being carried out at the 132nd IA Air Guard Drone Command Center in DM IA. There is no clearer moral place in Iowa to protest the US immoral and unjust drone weapons systems, than at this drone command center on the south side of DM.” Center, DM

Sun., May 20
Iowa City
Int’l Conscientious Objectors Day observance
What: This event will feature speaker David McCartney on “Discovering Steve Smith, UI Student Activist.”  (Int’l CO Day is May 15, but this event was moved to coincide with a World Peace Prayer Ceremony. (see below)
When:  1:30 pm
Where:  Iowa City Public Library, Room B & C
Sun., May 20
Iowa City
World Peace Prayer Ceremony
What:  A global event brining people together from different traditions to pray with one voice for peace. coinciding with Int'l Conscientious Objectors day (see above)
When:  2:30 pm
Where:  Iowa City Pedestrian Mall by the Peace Pole near library entrance

Tues., May 22
Across the country
Chuck Grassley online conversation on comprehensive justice reform
What:  FCNL will be hosting Senator Chuck Grassley (IA) for a conversation about comprehensive justice reform. As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Grassley is a staunch advocate for comprehensive criminal justice reform. Listen in as we discuss the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act and other important criminal justice legislation that Sen. Grassley is championing as the Senate's top-ranking member working on justice reform issues.
Where:  the comfort of your home or office!

Thurs., May 24; and Thurs., June 21
Des Moines
Meet international students and volunteers from AFS- USA Intercultural Programs
What:  Meet international students and volunteers from AFS USA Intercultural Programs- a non-profit international student exchange program for high school students.
When: , Thurs., May 24, and Thurs., 21- times of Farmers Markets
Where:   Thurs., May 24 and June 12- Valley Junction Farmers Market, West Des Moines
More:  AFS has been a non-profit leader in student exchange for 70 years: we send approximately 1,000 American high school students abroad and bring over 2,000 international students to attend school and live with host families each year  What sets AFS apart is our national network of roughly 5,000 local volunteers – 50 of those are in Iowa.
AFS is currently working with families in Iowa to connect them with a Host Son or Daughter.    Would you consider hosting an exchange student? We are also looking to add more volunteers to our Iowa network of volunteers for various roles. Information can be found at www.afsusa.org  or on our local Facebook page IowaAFS.

Fri., May 25
Decorah, IA
Ramadan Letter Writing
What: The holy month of Ramadan is a very special time for Muslims, but for Muslims who are in prison, it can be a very lonely month. Today in the United States there are many Muslims who have been imprisoned unjustly in a harsh government over-reaction to the tragedy of 9/11. Come to the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center and learn about some of these people. As Jesus said in Matthew, “I was in prison and you visited me. . . . As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.”  It would be difficult for us to visit these prisoners, but we can write to them! Join us as we write letters to let them know they are not forgotten.
When:  10AM
Where:  (Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center. 119 Winnebago Street, Decorah, IA)

Wed., May 30
Across the country and world
Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) for a LIVE webinar, “What’s Next for Palestine Refugees and UNRWA?”
What:  In January of this year, the United States decided to drastically reduce funding for UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees. Palestine refugees in the West Bank, Gaza, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan depend on UNRWA to provide for basic human needs programs, including education, health care, and emergency food relief. The decision by the Trump Administration to freeze funding to UNRWA will leave five million refugees struggling to survive.
Join us on May 30 to hear Elizabeth Campbell: Director of UNRWA’s Representative Office in Washington, D.C. and Kyle Cristofalo: Director of Advocacy and Government Relations at Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) speak on the effects of defunding UNRWA, the current situation for Palestinian refugees, and how you can advocate on behalf of continued U.S. funding for Palestine refugees.
When:  11 am CST

More:  RSVP Required: Please register to receive a link to the LIVE webinar

Sat., June 2
Norwalk, IA
AMOS Economic Summit & Assembly with candidates for public office
What:  With all the sound bytes on the news lately, we’ve sure been hearing a lot about taxes. But how much do we really know about who benefits and who pays? It’s time for a grown up conversation about taxes in Iowa.
When:  11:30am Lunch & Registration;  12-4pm Summit & Assembly
Where:  Norwalk Christian Church, Norwalk, IA
More:  Join AMOS leaders and institutions for an Economic Summit on Saturday June 2nd as we get beyond the sound bytes and partisan rhetoric to:
- Learn about our state and local tax systems, asking “Who benefits? Who pays?”
- Hear from the team of AMOS leaders who have spent three months researching taxes in Iowa
- Look at specific funding strategies to address the pressures on our families and neighbors, including mental healthcare, education and workforce, and housing and neighborhood improvements
- Engage candidates for public office and ask for their support of our agenda

Sun., June 3- Sat., June 9
Wheatland, IA
Centering Prayer Intensive Retreat
What:  The retreat is an immersion in silence and the practice of contemplative prayer, For those newer to the intensive experience, there will be some limited program material on the spiritual journey and the effects and challenges of Centering Prayer.  This retreat experience includes several hours a day of silent, group meditation that supports and empowers the individual prayer practice.
When:  The retreat will be held from June 3, 2018, beginning at 5:00 p.m., and will run through June 9, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. \
Where: Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat Center (2664 145th Avenue, Wheatland, Iowa).
More:  Some time for personal one on one spiritual direction is also included. The retreat will be led by Paul Witmer and Stephanie Haskins, UCC pastors, Spiritual Directors, and Centering Prayer retreat leaders. Meals are included, and the fee for the event is $500. For more information, or to register for the retreat, click here!

Sun., June 3
Cedar Rapids, IA
“Four Approaches to Religious Pluralism:”
What:  The Inter-Religious Council of Linn County will present this dialogue on Sunday, June 3
When:   2:00 – 4:00 PM
Where:   Mount Mercy University, Basile Hall, Flaherty Community Room, 1330 Elmhurst Drive NE, in Cedar Rapids
More:    The presenter will be Dr. Chris Seeman, Walsh University, North Canton, Ohio. Dr. Seeman will examine four approaches: Replacement, Fulfillment, Mutuality and Acceptance, and will explore how all four can be found within and between the major religions in today’s world. 

Fri., June 8- Mon., June 11
Washington, DC
Move to Amend Leadership Summit
What:  June 8-11 in Washington DC, this affordable conference has everything you need to get involved in the most important campaign to end corporate rule and legalize democracy!  Panels, Plenaries, trainings, strategy, & lobbying Who? Move to amend, friends and allies
When:  see at registration (June 8-11)
Where:  Trinity Washington University, Washington DC
More:  Register before March 1 with the code EARLY to get a discount off the already affordable conference costs! Register here:  movetoamend.org/summit

Sun., June 10 – Tues., May 12
Washington, DC
Annual International Conference & Lobby Day (citizens climate lobby)
What:  Registration now open–Register here: https://citizensclimatelobby.org/2018-conference/
Where: Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington DC
More: Optional activities on the 9th
Scholarships for Minorities and for people who identify as Conservatives
Early Bird Registration (through April 30)
Conference & Lobby Day OR Conference Only: $129
Optional Saturday Seminar: $35
Regular Registration (May 1-25)
Conference & Lobby Day OR Conference Only: $179
Optional Saturday Seminar: $35
Registration & Cancellation Deadline: Friday, May 25

Mon., June 11
Des Moines
Methodist Iowa Conference annual Walk for Peace and Social Justice
What: Walk will be led by Bishop Laurie Haller When: starts at 12:15
Where: walk will start at Hy vee Hall and go to the Peace Garden in Cowles Commons  

Sun., June 17 – Tues., June 19
Washington DC
 And Still We Rise- Transforming U.S. Policy Toward a Just Middle East Advocacy Summit
What:  We invite you to join us for our 2018 annual Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C. titled, And Still We Rise, inspired by the Maya Angelou poem. The Summit will highlight women peacemakers from the Middle East. Men and women are invited to hear from speakers who are all women!
When:  The Summit will begin at 5 pm on Sunday and end by 6 pm on Tuesday.
Where: Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St NE, Washington, DC 20003
More:  The event will be a multi-faith gathering where men and women are invited to hear from women working towards peace in their communities. Speakers include Brenda Salter McNeil, Lara Friedman, Susan Hayward, Sahar Vardi, Mimi Haddad, Mae Elise Cannon, Shadia Qubti, and more.
Over three days, we will discuss current realities; learn about grassroots peace efforts happening in the Middle East; receive tools to effectively advocate on behalf of peace and security for Israelis, Palestinians, and all people in the Middle East; and meet with US Government representatives on Capitol Hill to advocate for peace in the Middle East.
Join the conversation! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @ChurchesforMEP and use #WeRise2018.


Announcements:
1.) This last Sunday was Mother's Day, but many moms won't be near their children. That's because the Trump administration is forcibly separating families at our southern border—about 700 children, including 100 under the age of four, since October.1
What's more, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced last week that the Department of Homeland Security will be formally prosecuting adults and separating families who arrive at our southern border.
This is outrageous. We can't let this policy move forward, and we need your support to tell Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Will you speak up for mothers, fathers, and families and sign this petition to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen?
Secretary Nielsen, abandon the cruel, costly, and unjustified practice of separating families seeking protection at our borders, including those who are fleeing persecution in their home countries. Children belong with their parents in safe communities, not locked up in detention centers.
—Lily Folkerts, Latin American Working Group
This petition is sponsored by Al Otro Lado, Alianza Americas, Amnesty International USA, Kids in Need of Defense, Latin America Working Group, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, MomsRising, National Immigrant Justice Center, and Women's Refugee Commission.
2.) Let's not allow Trump to destroy the world's relations with Iran and move us all closer to war.
While Trump has removed the United States from the Iran nuclear agreement, he cannot remove Iran, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, or China.
These other partners to the agreement are now discussing how to uphold it and continue cooperative relations with Iran. They need to be encouraged.
Please sign this petition:
To: The governments of Germany, Russia, UK, France and China
We urge you to uphold the Iran nuclear deal and insist on full economic relations with Iran.
The recent U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear agreement with Iran is not an aberration. It parallels the U.S. withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and numerous other disarmament agreements, the U.S. opposition to the International Criminal Court, its record-setting use of the veto in the United Nations Security Council, and its unique status outside the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Paris Climate Agreement (which it withdrew from) and other fundamental treaties. Of the United Nations' 18 major human rights treaties, the United States is party to 5, fewer than any other nation on earth, except Bhutan (4), and tied with Malaysia, Myanmar, and South Sudan, a country torn by warfare since its creation in 2011.
3.) It is almost too horrible to imagine. Today, Israeli snipers again opened fire on unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza. So far, 52 are confirmed dead and the death toll will likely continue to climb.
Imagine if 52 Israeli peaceful protesters were killed? Or 52 Americans? There would be a massive outcry, nonstop media coverage, and demands to hold the killers accountable. Don’t Palestinian lives have the same value? We think so.
Contact your representatives in Congress immediately. Demand an end to the killing, and accountability for Israeli crimes and US complicity.
4.) Armistice Day, Not Trump Day — Everything You Need for November 11th
November 11, 2018, is Armistice Day 100, a century since World War I was ended at a scheduled moment (11 o’clock on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918). For decades in the United States, as elsewhere, Armistice Day was a holiday of peace, of sad remembrance and joyful ending of war, of a commitment to preventing war in the future. The holiday’s name was changed in the United States during the U.S. war in Korea to “Veterans Day,” a largely pro-war holiday on which some U.S. cities forbid Veterans For Peace groups from marching in their parades. Trump has planned for this year a super-pro-war weapons parade — a Trumparade — for Washington D.C.
Our goal is to get the Trumparade canceled but to carry through with our own peaceful Armistice Day celebration in Washington, D.C., and everywhere else on earth. If the Trumparade is not canceled, our goal is to be bigger and make a more impressive showing for peace and friendship than he makes for war and hatred and profiteering greed. We need your help planning Armistice Day / Remembrance Day events everywhere on earth, and adding our presence to those already scheduled. If you can start an event or a contingent to participate in a larger event, we can help you. The first step is: please enter it into our system so that it shows up on our map for people to find.
In the United States you should also sign up with the Stop Trump’s Military Parade coalition here.


SAVE THE DATE

Fri., June 17 through Sat., June 30
Register in Iowa,
Visit Israel/ Palestine
What:   “Come and See” Trip to Israel/Palestine.  Led by Joy Lapp and Kathy Bergen, June 17-30, 2018. A deeply engaging alternative tour to the Holy Land. See the holy places – Jewish, Christian, and Muslim; Visit with the people; Learn about the impact of the Israeli occupation on Palestinian life and consider what is needed for a just peace.  
For more information, please visit:         https://www.fosna.org/event/come-and-see-witness-trip
Or contact Joy Lapp at lappj@earthlink.net or 720-201-3697.
Or Kathy Bergen at bergenkathy@gmail.com or 226-647-0120, 

Thurs., June 28
Across the country
First of the season Campaign Nonviolence Conference call
What:  We've scheduled our first Campaign Nonviolence Conference call this year to help you with your organizing efforts during the Week of Actions, Sept. 15-23.   Mark your calendars and join us on.
When:  7 pm (CST)
Where:  in the comfort of your own home!
More:  Looking for ideas on an action in September? Want to hear what others are planning? Join the call - RSVP Here to receive your call in number for the June 28 Call.
Also, mark your calendars for the other Week of Actions Conference Call dates - July 26 and August 23!

Sat., July 21
Des Moines
Women’s Walk
What:  Crossroads of Iowa invites you to join them for this year’s Women’s Walk.
When:  check in- 8 am, Start time 8:30 am
Where:  Gray’s Lake Terrace (2101 Fleur Drive, Des Moines)
More:  The registration fee is $30. Children 5 and under are free!
For an event flyer, click here! To register, click here- www.crossroadsofiowa.org

Coming in the fall
Des Moines area
NEW JustFaith in a NEW Format!
What: The NEW JustFaith program invites participants to live more simply, love more compassionately, and make a difference by responding to the needs of the world. Through prayer, engaging reading, thought-provoking dialogue and relationship building, you’ll share a journey of faith that invites you to consider how you can “be the change” in our world. JustFaith is now available in three, eight-week phases! Participate in one, two or all three! Because the content is all new, JustFaith graduates are welcome to participate in the NEW JustFaith to be renewed and re-energized for your work for peace and justice.
Phase One - Living Compassionately: Caring for the Poor
Phase Two - Living Justly: Caring for Each Other
Phase Three - Living Simply: Caring for the Earth
Contact: For more information, or to register for this fall, click here!

Sat., Sept. 15 –Sun., Sept. 23
Around the world
Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions Sept. 15-23, 2018
What:  Campaign Nonviolence is holding a National Convergence in Washington, DC on Sept. 21-22 with a march from the King Memorial to the White House.  The theme of the event recalls King's important message, “The choice is no longer violence or nonviolence; it’s nonviolence or non-existence.”  We must make this choice now, that is our hope.

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
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., 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: ctran@iowainternationalcenter.org, 515-282-8269 x15


Regular Events

(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

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Mondays

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)

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1st Monday of each Month, Sept-May
Des Moines
WILPF-DSM
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 www.facebook.com/WILPFDSM for the most up to date info.  

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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

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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 iowapjp.org 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.

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

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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.

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


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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.

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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)

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