Upcoming Events


Sat., Jan. 9


“Depolarizing Within” National Online Workshop

What:  Join your Braver Angels friends from around the country on Saturday January 9.

When: 1 pm CST; at 2 PM EST. Start the New Year off with these vital insights and tools! 

Register here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/depolarizing-within-national-hybrid-workshop-registration-134550350721

Sat., Jan., 9


Webinar:  The Nuclear Fuel Chain: From Cradle to Grave

What:  Speaking via Zoom from Albuquerque, Leona Morgan will address the connected issues of nuclear bombs and nuclear power. The first nuclear bomb ever developed from uranium mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo and exploded in New Mexico, a prelude to dropping the bomb on Hiroshima during WWII. Today, nuclear power plants throughout the U.S. generate nuclear waste, and its transportation to the Southwest for storage threatens the lives and health not only of people living in the area, but that of others everywhere.

When:  11:00 a.m. CST to 12:30 p.m.

Where:  FREE event presented on  Women Against Military Madness ZOOM and Facebook- Email IPN for zoom link.

More:  Speaker Leona (DinĂ©) is an Indigenous activist and a community organizer who co-founded and coordinates the Nuclear Issues Study Group, which is a multi-racial, multi-generational, and woman-led volunteer organization based in Albuquerque, NM.

Sponsors: WAMM committees: End War, and End Military Madness Against the Earth; VFP-Chapter 27; and Nukewatch, Wisconsin

Shared by:  Nukewatch

Now through Sun., Jan., 17

Des Moines

Black Stories art exhibit

What:  A new exhibit at the Des Moines Art Center, Black Stories,  will feature a collection of artwork co-curated by local artists Mitchell Squire and Jordan Weber.   This will be a chance to share their stories and reactions to the work.  The exhibit will go through Jan. 17.  See website for hours: www.desmoinesartcenter.org

This exhibit will run from October 3 – January 17.  For more information about the exhibit, please go to https://www.desmoinesartcenter.org/exhibitions/black-stories  

Sun., Jan. 10


 "A Focus on Our Community: Race, Cultural Competence, and Bias" ( ZOOM discussion ) : a conversation with Professor Yolanda Spears     

What:  Washington For Justice invites everyone to join a ZOOM discussion with University of Iowa professor Yolanda Spears on the topic:  "A Focus on Our Community: Race, Cultural Competence, and Bias"

When:  3 pm 

Where: (The ZOOM link to this discussion can also be found on their Facebook page (see info below about Washington for Justice) by clicking on the "Go to Link" button.  )    For an announcement of this event, please visit:  https://www.facebook.com/events/299601517979697

More:  Professor Yolanda Spears is a Licensed Masters Level Social Worker and a graduate of the University of Iowa School of Social Work Bachelor and Master’s degree programs. As a professor at the University of Iowa she is currently teaching the social work master level course, Discrimination Oppression and Diversity (DOD). Additionally, she is the Coordinator of the Critical Cultural Competence Certificate Program. Washington for Justice is a local organization in Washington, Iowa, whose mission is to create a more inclusive community by confronting racism in all its forms.  A Facebook description of this organization can be found at:


Shared by:  JPOG (Just Peace Outreach Group, Mennonite group based in the Washington, IA area)

Tues., Jan. 12- Wed., Jan. 27


The International Symposium on Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (ICVE)

What:  This event is speaking about violence in Malaysia and Southeast Asia and is a multi-disciplinary symposium that aims to bring together scholars, researchers, and practitioners from the region and around the world to promote collaboration, present research findings, and discuss policy implication on preventing/countering violent extremism.

Funded by the U.S. Embassy-Kuala Lumpur, the symposium is co-hosted by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), based at the University of Maryland, and the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC), at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).

When:  This event will be on Zoom Webinar. After you register, a Zoom link will be sent to you on 11 January 2021 that you may use for all of the panel sessions.

More:  The panel sessions will be recorded and made available on our Multimedia page. If you have any questions, please email the START events team at start-events@umd.edu.  See schedule of events HERE.

Register By: 8 January 2021

Cost: Free

Tues., Jan. 12


Webinar:  Introduction to the History & Dynamics of U.S. Asia-Pacific Policies

What:  The newly formed Asia-Pacific Working group will host a webinar on the history and dynamics of U.S. Asia-Pacific policies.

When: 7 pm CST; 8pm EST.

Where:  For more information and to register for the webinar:


More:  The presenters will be Tobita Chow of Global Justice, Corazon Fabros of the Asia-Europe Peoples Forum and the ASEAN Civil Society Conference-ASEAN Peoples Forum, and Mark Seldon, professor emeritus of Cornell University and Coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Journal

Wed., Jan. 13


Immigration Working Group - Online!

When:  4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

More:  Contact NEIPJC for the Zoom meeting invite link


Thurs., Jan. 14

Online using Zoom

Food and Water Watch along with Iowa CCI:  “Growing a Better Food System in 2021”

What:  Happy New Year! With the 2021 legislative session starting on Monday, it’s time to reflect on the state of the movement for a better food system here in Iowa, and make plans for bold policies and change in 2021."

That’s why, on Thursday, January 14, (Food and Water Watch) is coming together with (their) allies at Iowa CCI Action and factory farm fighters across the state to reflect and make plans for the new year.

When: 7 pm CT

Where: Online using Zoom.  RSVP to join us on the statewide call!

Sun., Jan. 17


Iowa CURE Meeting

What:  The featured speaker on January 17 at 2:00 PM is Wendy Wittrock, talking about progress toward a hospitality house for families visiting loved ones in Anamosa, IA.  Brian Carter will also give an update on the Iowa Legislature.  Watch for Zoom details.

Shared by:  MFSA (Methodist Federation for Social Action)

Starting Tues., Jan. 19


class- Faith & Racial Healing: Embracing Truth, Justice, & Restoration

What:  Do you long for a space to ask hard questions about the history of racism? JustFaith Ministries NEW module, Faith & Racial Healing: Embracing Truth, Justice and Restoration is an eight-week module that guides participants in telling the truth about the history of racism in the United States, that we might work toward true reconciliation with God and restoration with one another. This module helps participants tell the truth about our collective history of racism and violence, that we might seek real restoration with God and one another.

When & Where:  Online, Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. starting January 19, 2021. Register Online


Starting Tues., Jan. 19


class- Hunger: A Faith & Justice Response

What:  From Center for Social Ministry and Justfaith:  Hunger: A Faith and Justice Response is an 8-session, prayerful process that includes study, rich dialogue, and an immersion experience. This program inspires and equips participants to take concrete action to end hunger and food insecurity.

The course may challenge your thinking about food insecurity, its causes, its impact, and viable steps to eliminate it. The class explores issues such as food deserts, underemployment and food insecurity, food waste, public policy around farming, and COVID-19’s impact on hunger.  Our hope is that the program will guide participants in discerning how they are called to action in addressing this issue.

When & Where:  Online, Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. starting January 19, 2021.  Register Online


Wed., Jan., 20


Book Discussion:  "Them: Why We Hate Each Other And How To Heal"

What:  If you think America’s crisis of polarization is about politics, author and lawmaker Ben Sasse urges you to think again. The Republican Senator for Nebraska sees a crisis of loneliness, disconnection and rootlessness that each of us can help to heal. Join to discuss this important new read from one of America's leading voices.

When: (7 to 8:30 pm CST) 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST, Click hereto register.

Shared by:  Braver Angels, a group devoted to bipartisan work.

Wed., Jan. 20

Iowa City-online

Iowa City SURJ Book Club

What:  Our SURJ (Showing up for Racial Justice) book group will meet on Wednesday, January 20 via Zoom. We will be discussing chapters 4 and 5 of How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Email theBeloved Community Initiative to receive connection information.


Thurs., Jan. 21


Mental Health Advocacy Skills Training

What:  Learn how to engage stakeholders about the importance of children’s crisis services, organize meetings with local decision-makers and stakeholders. Monday, January 21 at 5:30 PM. Register in advance for this meeting.

Shared by:  MFSA (Methodist Federation for Social Action)

Fri., Jan. 22

Around the world

Celebrate the UN Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

What:  On January 22, 2021, people around the world will celebrate the day that the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons enters into force. Find out how you can be involved. Resources including local actions ideas and downloadable templates for a banner and a poster are available at the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance’s Nuclear Ban Treaty Entry Into Force Resources page. READ MORE


Sat., Jan. 23


SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Book Club (based in Des Moines)

What:  A new book has been selected for the next SURJ book club meeting and it is committed to education around undermining white supremacy and working toward racial justice. The new book is My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, by trauma specialist and author Resmaa Menakem. If you are planning to buy the book new, we encourage you to order from a local DSM bookstore, Storyhouse Bookpub, and ALL proceeds will go to SURJ's accountability partner, Des Moines BLM!

When & Where:  We plan to have our first discussion on Part I of the book on Saturday, January 23, at 10am on Zoom. We plan to discuss parts II and III of My Grandmother's Hands in February and March.

More:   If you would like to join the SURJ book club and get started on this book, please sign up by clicking here.


Mon., Jan. 25

Online and In person

Plan a protest against the war on Yemen, aided by the US and others

What:  The war on Yemen is entering its sixth year, with weapons sales by the US and UK continuing to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The war has caused the worst humanitarian crisis on Earth. People and organizations from the U.S., Britain, Canada, France, Italy, and across the world, are coming together to call for an end to the war in Yemen and solidarity with the people of Yemen. UFPJ has joined this call and encourages folks across the US to participate in this protest (masked and distanced where possible, and virtually). READ MORE

Mon., Jan. 25


Virtual Advocacy Day- sponsored by MFSA (Methodist Federation for Social Action)

What:  The 2021 Virtual Advocacy Day will be held on Monday, January 25.  RSVP for updates and invite your friends.

Starting Tues., Jan. 26


class: Faith & Racial Equity: Exploring Power & Privilege

What:  Our eight-week program awakens small groups to economic systems, public policies, cultural norms, and hidden biases that empower some and oppress others. The first half of the module introduces a framework for understanding and recognizing racial disparities in power and privilege. Sessions 5-8 take a deeper dive into specific issues related to power and privilege, including affirmative action, the school-to-prison pipeline, the criminal justice system, and powerful biases in media representation. As with all JustFaith programs, participants will explore how their faith should inform their response to their learning, as well as discern action steps for working toward racial equity in their own communities.

When & Where: Online, Tuesday Afternoons from 1-3 p.m. starting January 26, 2021. Register Online

Wed., Jan., 27


Immigration Working Group - Online!

When:  4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

More:  Contact NEIPJC for the Zoom meeting invite link

Sat., Jan. 30


Webinar:  No War on Iran

What:  Attend the webinar sponsored by the UNAC (United National Antiwar Coalition) Youth Against Empire

When:  3:30 pm CST (4:30 PM ET)

Where:  Register here.

Today and Ongoing


Today and Ongoing


Webinar:  The Venezuelan Election, a blow to US Imperialism

What:  This webinar is a recent UNAC (United National Antiwar Coalition) sponsored webinar.

Hear from people who observed the elections as election observers and journalists.

Where:   click the link below

Venezuelan elections, a blow to US Imperialism – YouTube

Today and Ongoing


Read report:  detention and abuse of Palestinian Children from Defence of Children International

What:  The 73-page report, just released, “Isolated and Alone: Palestinian children held in solitary confinement by Israeli authorities for interrogation,” evaluates and details patterns of

arrest, detention conditions, and interrogation practices by Israeli authorities.



Today and Ongoing


The Writing is on the Wall, a virtual exhibit launched by the UN to commemorate Palestinian Solidarity Day 2020   

What: This exhibit examines the plight of the Palestinian people, focusing on the wall built in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. It explores this through the words of advocates and public personalities, and through images from artists and human rights activists who have used the wall as a canvas to express their solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Where:  https://www.un.org/en/exhibits/exhibit/writing-on-wall-annexation

Sponsors:  The organizer of this exhibit is the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People in cooperation with the Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine to the UN, and its implementers the UN Division for Palestinian Rights, the UN Department of Global Communications Special Information Programme on Palestine, and the Permanent Observer Mission of the State of Palestine to the UN.


Today and Ongoing


COVID-19 & Poverty Memorial Wall is available

What:  (From Poor People’s Campaign) "We mourn and we fight. The COVID-19 & Poverty Memorial Wall is a collective place to mourn and remember our friends, family members, and community members who have been lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic and poverty. We welcome all to submit their memorials."

Today and Ongoing

Across the country

Write to Kings Bay activists who are in prison

What:  Iowa Connection: Carmen Trotta is a Grinnell College Grad and a former DMCW (Des Moines Catholic Worker). And Martha Hennessy - Dorothy Day's Grand Daughter gave the key note address at the DMCWer's 2011 - 35th Anniversary  the https://vimeo.com/30466450

After a year of waiting since being convicted after trial in October 2019, two of the seven KBP defendants began their sentences on Monday, December 14. Carmen Trotta and Martha Hennessy (reported) to two different Federal Correctional Institutions on December 14 (at) 2 pm. There is a great risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus in prisons which have four times the rate of the general community.

You may write:


Carmen Trotta #22561-021

FCI Otisville

Federal Correctional Institution

Satellite Camp

PO Box 1000

Otisville, NY 10963


Martha Hennessy #22560-021

FCI Danbury

Route 37

Danbury, CT 06811


Today and Ongoing


See op-ed from Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)

What:  Brandon Bernard was executed by the federal government on Thursday in Indiana. Before this year, there hadn’t been a federal execution since 2003. FCNL remains fervently opposed to the death penalty. Read more in a recent op-ed from FCNL General Secretary Diane Randall.


Today and Ongoing


See video interview of Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, interviewed by Des Moines Rodger Routh

What:  View here:  https://youtu.be/9sRQIE7ZNQY  - 28 min.

Contact:  Rodger Routh: rodgerrouth@gmail.com


Today and Ongoing


Pronouns in the Workplace Training

What:  Just this past week, NEIPJC's (North East Iowa Peace and Justice Center) Pronoun Education Project presented their first Pronouns in the Workplace training for the management team at Oneota Food Coop in Decorah, IA. The Co-op invited us in via Zoom to learn about and to implement new ways to incorporate pronoun usage and acceptance of our trans and non-binary friends not only within management, but by staff and customers too.  Thank you, Oneota Community Food Co-op for participating and taking another step forward in inclusivity.

Are you a business owner also interested in participating?  Contact NEIPJC to discuss cost, details and scheduling.


Today and Ongoing


Video on USSSTRATCOM  from Global Network

What:  USSTRATCOM stands for United States Strategic Command. It’s one of the eleven combatant commands in the Pentagon, headquartered at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

The USSTRATCOM headquarters may be the most dangerous place on earth. Traditionally, STRATCOM's mission was to direct a nuclear war, if it were ever to occur. If that wasn't dangerous enough, STRATCOM experienced a tsunami of changes after 2001.

STRATCOM went on to be assigned many more "responsibilities" such as:

-Prompt Global Strike

-CyberSpace Operations

-Space Surveillance and Reconnaissance

-Missile "Defense"

-Dominant Intelligence

-Electromagnetic Warfare

-Multi Domain Integration

-Global Command and Control

-"Combating" Weapons of Mass Destruction

To learn more about STRATCOM, it's history and current objectives you can watch our latest video:

STRATCOM: The Most Dangerous Organization in the World


Today and Ongoing


Film on Palestine-free

What:  Film made in 2002 is relevant today: Palestine is still the issue


and a song for Gaza https://youtu.be/3v3Lst6KhHk


Today and Ongoing


Read on Israel and Biden, and Trump and Israel

What: “Yes, Biden and Harris Are Self-Declared Zionists, But a Glimmer of Hope

Remains” see  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/55859.htm  Also, about Trump and Iserael:

Senior Trump Official: Politicians Get ‘Very Rich’ by Supporting Israel


From Mazin Qumsiyeh:  [that both democrats and republicans start to speak about this elephant in

the room is a good sign]


Today and Ongoing


a four minute rap video on climate, food, justice, nuclear weapons

What:  Shared by an IPN supporter:  “This is a very powerful video”


Today and Ongoing


"Obstacles to Nuclear Abolition Between US & Russia", a webinar is now available

What:  This webinar is available on Wilpf’s Disarm YouTube channel – https://bit.ly/wilpfus-disarmyoutube - "Obstacles” is a conversation with Alice Slater and David Swanson of World Beyond War," moderated by Robin Lloyd.

Here is the direct link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7f9tOHEyWE

Today and Ongoing


Sign statement “Uphold & Upheave”

What:  All Iowans of faith and conscience are invited to join together in signing this year's 2020 Iowa Interfaith Statement on Climate Change, Called to Uphold Our Values & Upheave Injustice. This year we are inviting religious leaders, clergy, laity, students, and anyone that resonates with our statement to sign-on. You can read and sign the statement by clicking here!

Today and Ongoing

Des Moines

DM Black Lives Matter vigil

What:  Folks;  We need you to stand with DM Black Lives Matter in this clergy led vigil.

When:  Five day a week 1 hr. vigil from noon to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday

Where:  in front of the DM Police Station at E 2nd & Court.

More:  #TellTheTruth Week 3 day 2

Grateful for pastors Emily Elizabeth Ewing & Kristin Wolf and the regular & new community members that join us in holding DMPD accountable

#desmoinesblm #blacklivesmatter #clergyforblacklives

#queerclergyforblacklives #dsmblm

 — with Kirk Johnson, Giovanni Jesus Bahena, Emily Elizabeth Ewing, Melena Johnson, KT Galloway-Menke and Brandi Sue at Des Moines Police.



Today and Ongoing


EmbraceRace webinar, “Reading Picture Books with Children through a Race-Conscious Lens,”

What:  To view webinar, click here  (recommended by Marie Benner-Rhoades, staff at On Earth Peace)


Today and Ongoing


Two webinars in the series from Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP): "Palestinian Voices: Annexation and its impact on the Christian Community in Israel/Palestine" and "Why Should Christians in the Pews Care about Annexation and Palestinian Human Rights?"

What:  Learn more about how Christian leaders in Palestine are responding to the possibility of annexation and why it is critical for Christians to care about the situation in Israel-Palestine, especially now with annexation looming.

More:  Find links to the webinars here.


Today and Ongoing


WOLA premier of animated video about humanitarian crisis at the border

What:  WOLA (Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas) premiered an animated video detailing the humanitarian crisis on the border caused by cruel, inhumane migration policies. The video outlines what we can do to implement a rights-respecting approach to migration.

When:  Watch the entire video here.


Today and Ongoing


Webinar on Human Trafficking in Venezeula

What: (Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas) WOLA's Director for the Andes and Director for Venezuela participated in a webinar to discuss the dangers of human trafficking and exploitation for Venezuelan migrants, the impact of public policy on these activities, and the ways in which these threats have been aggravated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When:  Watch the entire webinar here.    

Today and Ongoing

Online (contacts below to find out more) Des Moines

Des Moines SURJ (Standing Up for Racial Justice)

What:  Des Moines Standing Up for Racial Justice would like to offer several Direct Action opportunities to the Des Moines community during this time pandemic:

 -DSM SURJ Immigrant Rights or Education working groups, please contact dsmsurj@gmail.com

-Become involved in our Jail Visitation program as a volunteer or committee member, please contact dsmsurj@gmail.com

-Volunteer with Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a Des Moines-based mutual aid group. Click here to volunteer!

More:  For updated info see website here.

Today and Ongoing


Women Webinar

What:  On Friday, June 12, 2020, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota hosted a webinar on Black women's vision and leadership from the front lines of Minneapolis. The webinar features Lulete Mola (Women's Foundation of MN), Kandace Montgomery (Black Visions Collective), Lissa Jones ('Urban Agenda' Radio Host), and Leslie E. Redmond (Minneapolis NAACP). To view the webinar, click here.



1.)(From Daily Kos)  Call your U.S. representative at 1-888-246-5947 today and urge them to pass sweeping democracy reform as a first order of business in 2021.

Our lawmakers and their loyalty should not be bought by the highest bidder. Our voting districts should not be gerrymandered and manipulated to keep people in power. And our votes must not continue being suppressed by the very people charged to safeguard our elections.

Congress must pass the For the People Act (HR1)--a strong comprehensive set of reforms to fix and strengthen our democracy--as a first order of business.

 Here is a sample message you can leave:

Hello, my name is ___________________ calling from (Zipcode) in (City). Thank you for your previous support of HR1, For the People Act. I am proud that my representative already co-sponsored and voted for this important bill. I strongly urge you to co-sponsor and champion HR1 next year as well. Thank you.


Increase your impact: Sign and send an urgent message toyour representative: We need a strong democracy. Pass the For the People Actimmediately.


2.)(From CWS via MFSA)  Refugee Admissions at Historic Low: Contact Legislators!

Church World Service (CWS) shares an urgent concern about the number of refugees to be admitted in the coming year.  The Administration has set the number at 15,000, the lowest level in U.S. history.  In addition, it is harmfully restricting refugee arrivals based on limited categories of persecution and country of origin, meaning even fewer than 15,000 refugees will actually be resettled.  CWS is calling on all people of faith who care about refugees to contact your legislators immediately, urging them to speak out in support of refugee resettlement at 95,000, which has been the U.S.’s goal for nearly four decades, and to expand the categories of refugees who can be welcomed.


3.)(From Daily Kos)  Over 40 million people risk being evicted this winter once the federal moratorium on evictions expires. Since the 1990s, hundreds of thousands of public housing units have been demolished nationwide.  Signthe petition: Housing is a human right. Congress must do all in their power toguarantee everyone has safe and affordable housing.


4.) Des Moines Catholic Worker – Donations Needed!

We are still serving up to 150 'to go' meals five days a week out of the Dingman House north side window. We are becoming a small feeding center for our neighborhood. We also have people ask for clothing and toiletries from the window, too. We cannot have too many coats, blankets and winter stuff - especially hand and toe warmers.


Below, please find the list of the most needed items right now.

Used or new plastic grocery bags

Winter gloves (lots of these)

Nitro gloves


Hand warmers and toe warmers


Deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, conditioner, lotion



Winter weather gear: coats, hats, long johns, sleeping bags

Ground Coffee (Folgers)

Hand sanitizer

Toilet paper

Canned soups,

Canned meats


Please deliver items to the Dingman House, 1310 7th St. Please use the back door, and call ahead of time or come when we are open.


For more info and delivery contact:

Frank Cordaro  <frank.cordaro@gmail.com> 515 490 2490 

Jenny Rodrigues Santos <santosje2@grinnell.edu> 781 985 4068

Austin Cook <austin.baseball04@gmail.com>  515 9718721


5.) JOPPA Needs Volunteers!

You can still touch someone… Without touching them. We depend upon volunteers like you! Volunteer opportunities are available for groups, families, and individuals. Let us know what your interests are, and we will find just the right role for you! To complete a Volunteer Interest Form, just click here!


6.) Volunteer IOWA

Looking for ways you can help during the COVID-19 pandemic? A list of volunteer needs can be found by clicking here! Please remember that volunteer needs are changing quickly, so be sure to check back often forupdates.


7.) United Way of Central Iowa

The time you give to individuals and non-profits can make a huge impact in our community. Whether you have one hour or one day, want to mentor children or collect food, we have many options for you to volunteer. We also organize group activities for organizations on-site or off-site. All of these efforts go toward improving the health, education, and financial stability of central Iowans. For more information, or to volunteer, click here!


8.) DMARC Seeks Volunteers!

For more information, or to sign up to volunteer, clickhere!


9.) Virtual Volunteering Activities

Are you interested in helping others during this pandemic, but still need to remain isolated because of your own health concerns? Clickhere for several Virtual Volunteering activities!




Sat., April 24

Across Iowa

MFSA (Methodist Federation for Social Action ) Spring Gathering

What:  MFSA’s Spring Statewide Gathering will feature Matt Russell, Executive Director for Iowa Interfaith Power and Light.  Watch for more details in the coming months.

Fri., June 4- through Sun., June 6


#NoWar2021 Virtual Conference from World Beyond War: “From Weapons Fairs to War Zones: Unraveling the War Machine”

What:  Our annual conferences have been fantastic in the past. #NoWar2021 may be the best yet. Leading activists and trainers from around the world will be making connections between weapons fairs and war zones, and focusing our global efforts on a few key projects while preparing us to unravel the war machine everywhere it's found.

More:  The whole thing will be virtual, with full participation possible from anywhere on June 4-6, 2021. Early-bird discountedtickets are now available!    

Regular Events- Cancelled unless otherwise noted by denoting "online"

Thursdays, 11:45 am- 12:15 pm- Happening in Person (break til Jan.1- see note below)

Des Moines

Peace Vigil

UPDATE: No Peace Vigil until after January 1, 2021; then they will be weather dependent, above 32 degrees and no precipitation. See more info about location, etc in item below, in order of days of the week (go to Thursdays, in Des Moines)

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, Noon

Des Moines

Moral Mondays

What:  During the Legislative Session, you are invited to attend Morals Mondays each Monday.  This is an opportunity each week to learn about one of the issues being considered by the Legislature.  (Followed by Prayerful Presence as described below.)

When:  Noon – 1:00 PM

Where:  Room 304 at the Capitol. 


Mondays, after Moral Mondays presentations

Des Moines

Prayerful Presence

What:  After the Moral Mondays presentation (see directly above), folks may gather at the top of the stairs on the second floor before circling the rotunda in prayerful meditation.  Join in reverent companionship to practice unity in the face of division and hope in the face of harm.  

More:  For more information, please contact Kay Kopatich at 515-252-0714.


1st Monday of each Month, Sept-May (see info in calendar above on April 6- will be doing ZOOM)

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 www.facebook.com/WILPFDSM 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


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


Wednesdays (online)

Des Moines area

Centering Prayer Group on Zoom

What:  Please join the Emmaus House Spirituality Center for this online, sacred time of stillness and silence, as we open ourselves to receiving more deeply God’s presence within us.

When:  The group will meet every Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m. No prior experience with Centering Prayer is necessary.

More:  If interested in attending, please RSVP by clicking here so that they can email you the link to the online gathering.


Wednesdays (2nd & 4th of ea/ mo.)  (email contact below on info for ZOOM)  (online)

Decorah, IA

Immigration Working Group

What: Learn about current immigration issues and how to help meet the needs of immigrants in the area. Immigration Working Group meets every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month.

When:  4:00 - 5:00 PM

Where:  Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center, 119 Winnebago Street, Decorah, IA 52101

Contact:  neipjc@gmail.com  

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.


Fridays 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Decorah, IA

Democracy Preservation Coalition

What: Democracy Preservation Coalition, formerly Democracy Discussion Group, began as a book discussion and continues to meet weekly, focusing on current political movements and events and trying to understand the larger picture. The group is open to all, engaging in a respectful exchange over a variety of topics. Each member has an opportunity to share if they want to and are charged to bring one positive piece of news each week.

When:  3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Where:  Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center, 119 Winnebago Street, Decorah, IA 52101


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  


Saturdays (online)

Des Moines area

Reflecting On Our Experience

What:  Please join the Emmaus House Spirituality Center on Saturday mornings, when we gather to share our experiences and reverently listen to the ways in which each of us has experienced God’s presence during this challenging time in our world. Using the Ignatian Examen as a guide, we will prayerfully reflect on our experiences of the previous week. This group will meet every Saturday.

When: 10 to 11:30 a.m.

More:  No prior experience with the Ignatian Examen is necessary. If interested in attending, please RSVP by clicking here so that they can email you the link to the online gathering.

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