Wed., Jan.16
Decorah, IA
Resilient NEIA
What: We're to gather for the purpose of generating actions and creating working groups to build local resilience in the face of climate change. Have an idea? We can't wait to hear it--get yourself on the docket!
When:   6:30 PM
Where:  The Lingonberry 218 W. Water Street, Decorah, IA 52101

Thurs., Jan. 17
Des Moines
“What’s Killing Our Children? What can we do?”- an evening of speakers discussing racial profiling in several places around the world
What:  It will be an evening of speakers who will discuss racial profiling in Iowa, detention of children on the US-Mexico border, detention of Palestinian children by the Israeli government, and killing and starvation of children in Yemen and Afghanistan. We will also have music and spoken word/poetry as well as action steps for attendees to do to try to resolve these issues.
When:  7 pm
Where:  Lyceum Student Center at Grand View University in Des Moines
More:Speakers are Maria Filippone on Gaza, Brian Terrell about Yemen and Afghanistan, Laurel Clinton on racial profiling and Ann Naffier on the abuse of children  on the border. Music and poetry will be interspersed. Iowa Peace Network is a cosponsor.

Thurs., Jan. 17
Statewide Strategy Call with AFSC and Immigration issues  (always 3rd Thursday of month)
When:  5 pm
Where:  comfort of your home or office
More: For more info email

Thurs., Jan. 17
Decorah, IA
Let's Talk / P.I.E.S.: January 17- Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim Book Discussion Group to meet
What: Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim Book Discussion Group- The Luther College Center for Ethics and Public Engagement and the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center are sponsoring two book discussions of Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim, by Ed Fallon. The book describes an 8 month odyssey from L.A. to D.C., where dozens of marchers become a mobile village, sounding the alarm about our climate crisis. How they worked together, butted heads, solved conflicts, risked their lives, and ultimately stayed true to their goal makes for an exciting, multi-layered tale. To register and receive a free book (long as they last), go to  and click on “book discussions” which leads you to the form.
When: 4:30PM
Where: Olin 214, Luther College Campus
Contact: Questions: call Julie 382-5695.

Sat., Jan. 19
Des Moines
Martin Luther King, Jr. 30th Anniversary Celebration
What: Celebrate the life of MLK Jr with a performance of "I Have a Dream" a gospel musical of the like of Dr. King and the civil rights movement performed by TheaterSouth.
When: 5 PM
Where:  State of Iowa Historical Building, Des Moines
Sat., Jan. 19
Harlan, IA
Book Reading and Signing with Ed Fallon
What:  Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim is Ed’s memoir from the 2014 Great March for Climate Action. Ed will talk about the book, read selections, and take questions. Hardcover and paperback books will be available for purchase and for Ed to sign. All proceeds go to Climate March, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Click here for details.
When:  2:00-4:00 p.m.
Where:  Brick Wall Gallery, 1010 6th Ave. Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim is Ed’s memoir from the 2014 Great March for Climate Action. Ed will talk about the book, read selections, and take questions. Hardcover and paperback books will be available for purchase and for Ed to sign. All proceeds go to Climate March, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Contact: Kathy Byrnes at

Sat., Jan. 19
Des Moines
Third Annual Women's March
What: Third Annual Women's March: #Womenswave By: Women's March National,
When: 11am,
Where: Iowa State Capitol.

Mon., Jan. 21
Sioux City, IA
Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance
What:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance
When: 7 PM
Where:   Mayflower United Church of Christ, 1407 W. 18th St., Sioux City

Mon., Jan. 21
Iowa City
Eat Thai for Peace!
What:  Enjoy delicious Thai food (menu), meet others committed to peace, and support the work of PEACE Iowa.  We choose this day to celebrate the birth of a champion of Peace causes, Martin Luther King, Jr.  Thai Flavors will donate a portion of their dine-in sales to PEACE Iowa on Monday January 21. This is dine-in only, take-out and delivery sales are not part of the fundraiser.
When:  11:00-2:00 and 5:00-9:00.
Where:   Thai Flavors- 340 Burlington St. @ Gilbert, Iowa City

Mon., Jan. 21
Altoona, IA
Stop Human Trafficking
What: As a part of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Ss. John and Paul Catholic Church will be hosting an evening conversation about the urgent issue of human trafficking happening right here in Iowa and the Des Moines metro area. Featured speakers will include Kellie Markey, Founder and Director of Dorothy’s House, and Mary Kate Leister, VOCA Specialist at Teens Against Human Trafficking
When: beginning at 6:30 p.m.,
Where: Ss. John & Paul Parish Hall (1401 1st Avenue South, Altoona).
More: The evening is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. A flyer is available by clicking here!

Tues., Jan. 22
Decorah, IA
NEIPJC Annual Meeting
What: The annual meeting to discuss the Peace and Justice Center’s visions, goals and plans for the coming year. This meeting is open for the public to attend.
When:  5:30 PM
Where:  Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center, 119 Winnebago Street, Decorah, IA 52101

Starting Tues., Jan. 22
Des Moines
Two Available Sessions: “Inner Peace in Divine Love”
What: Facilitator: Kevin O'Donnell  This retreat, "Inner Peace in Divine Love," from the book, The First Spiritual Exercises by Michael Hansen, S.J. is the first of four retreats Hansen offers us. These retreats are adapted from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. This retreat is a wonderful opportunity to grow in deeper intimacy with God, more fully experience Ignatian spirituality, and journey with others who are also looking to grow in deeper relationship with God.
When: (2 sessions to pick from, Tuesdays, OR Wednesdays)-  6- 7:30 pm, Tuesday Evenings: 6:00-7:30 p.m. (1/22/19, 1/29/19, 2/5/19, 2/12/19, & 2/19/19)
Wednesday Mornings: 9:00-10:30 a.m. (1/23/19, 1/30/19, 2/6/19, 2/13/19, & 2/20/19)
Where:  Emmaus House, 1521 Center Street, Des Moines
More:   Cost: $50.00 (including book)  $30.00 (if bringing own book)To register and to see more, see more on their website.
(This retreat is ideally suited for those who have not yet made the Spiritual Exercises).

Thurs., Jan. 24
Iowa City
Movie: Reinventing Power: America’s Renewable Energy Boom
What:  Movie followed by discussion. The movie us across the country to hear directly from the people making our clean energy future achievable. These individuals are working to rebuild what’s broken, rethink what’s possible, and revitalize communities. These stories are proof that America does not need to choose between keeping our lights on and protecting our communities. Critically, Reinventing Power underscores the notion that we don’t have to sacrifice jobs for a clean environment. Supporting a clean energy future means building a better, more prosperous future for everyone. Over the film’s 50 minutes, you’ll meet people in eight states whose lives were changed by the renewable energy industry while exploring various aspects of the clean energy industry from innovation to installation.
When:   6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where:  Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A.
Sponsors:  (sponsored by Sierra Club & Iowa City Climate Advocates).

Thurs. Jan. 24
Decorah, IA
Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim Book Discussion Group
What: The Luther College Center for Ethics and Public Engagement and the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center are sponsoring two book discussions of Marcher, Walker, Pilgrim, by Ed Fallon. The book describes an 8 month odyssey from L.A. to D.C., where dozens of marchers become a mobile village, sounding the alarm about our climate crisis. How they worked together, butted heads, solved conflicts, risked their lives, and ultimately stayed true to their goal makes for an exciting, multi-layered tale. To register and receive a free book (long as they last) go to
When: 4:30PM
Where: Olin 214, Luther College Campus
Contact: Questions: call Julie 382-5695.

Beginning Thurs., Jan. 24
Des Moines
Exploring Migration:  A Faith Journey
What:  This program will be offered by The Center for Social Ministry, inviting participants to look at some of the central questions related to migrations in the 21st Century, through the lens of our Christian faith. This is a 8-session module.
When:  9:00 – 11:00 AM
Where:  St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3120 E. 24th Street, in Des Moines.
More:  The program will begin on Thursday, January 24th,.  For more information please visit

Sat., Jan. 26
Des Moines
Yoga Philosophy Gathering
What:  Yoga Philosophy Gathering
When: 5 p.m. (2 hrs. including meal)
Where: Berrigan CW House, 713 Indiana Ave, Des Moines IA
More:  Free! Please RSVP!  for food purposes.. from Ryna Ria-Agnacio-Hey friends!  I'd like to invite you all to a free spiritual gathering!  We will be led by a friend of mine who is visiting from the International Society for Krishna Consciousness(ISKCON) temple named "New Vrindaban" in West Virginia.,_West_Virginia
There are many types of yoga practices and during this gathering, we'll experience Bhakti yoga (the yoga of devotion). We'll sing some kirtan, also known as mantra meditation, discuss yoga philosophy and the Bhagavad-Gita, and enjoy delicious prasada or blessed vegetarian food!  Bring a yoga mat or a cushion to sit on if you'd like. No fee Please RSVP! (for food purposes) Hope to see you all there!
Contact:  Ryna-Ria Ignacio <> 316 727 4135   

Sundays, Jan. 27- March 17
Des Moines metro area
JustFaith – Winter 2019
What:  JustFaith is designed for people who want to live more simply, love more compassionately, and make a difference by responding to the needs of the world. This small group program will help you explore today’s issues through the lens of your faith and formulate a personal/group response. 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 made up of three stand-alone, eight-week sessions that can be taken individually or together, in any order. Each eight-week session contains 1-2 books, several videos, a retreat experience, an encounter or immersion experience, and an opportunity for action.
Winter 2019 Sessions
Living Compassionately: Caring for the Poor
JustFaith participants focus on poverty, consumerism, and the Gospel call to care for the poor.
Sundays, January 27-March 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Central Presbyterian Church, 3829 Grand Ave., Des Moines. #JFLCW1901
Thursdays, January 24-March 24, 6-8 p.m. Immanuel United Methodist Church, 2900 49th St., Des Moines. #JFLCW1902

Living Justly: Caring for Each Other
Inspired by a deeper understanding about issues of racial and economic justice, JustFaith participants will develop new levels of passion, compassion and patience for the ongoing work of social justice.
Mondays, January 28-March 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Windsor Heights Lutheran Church, 1240 66th St., Windsor Heights. #JFLJW1901
Tuesdays, January 29-April 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Des Moines Valley Friends House, 4211 Grand Ave. #JFLJW1902
Wednesdays, February 6-April 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m. St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 1020 24th St., West Des Moines. #JFLJW1903

Living Simply: Caring for the Earth
JustFaith participants embrace the invitation to care for the earth while they learn more about the intersection between poverty and environmental stewardship.
Thursdays, January 24-March 14, 6-8 p.m. Urbandale United Church of Christ, 3530 70th St., Urbandale. #JFLSW1901
For more information, or to register, click here!
Mon., Jan. 28 (every Monday starting Jan. 14, excluding MLK Jr. holiday, Jan. 21)
Des Moines
Prayerful Presence at the Iowa State Capitol
What: Prayerful Presence at the Iowa State Capitol. You are invited to join us as we circle the second floor rotunda in meditative prayer. Everyone is welcome—come with your own hopes for the people of Iowa, and we will walk together in silent reverence.
When: Each Monday at 11 am starting January 14, except for Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, January 21.
Where: Gather at the top of the stairs on the second floor of the State Capitol, Des Moines.
Contact:  For more information please contact Kay Kopatich at 515-252-0714.

Mon., Jan. 28
Des Moines
Iowa United Methodist Advocacy Day
What: Morning sessions will feature panel or speakers (including legislators) on mental health in Iowa, a gun amendment to Iowa constitution, and restoring felon voting rights. You will also learn lobbying tips and have a chance to practice prior to your trip to the Capitol for afternoon meetings and visits with legislators. Shuttles to the Capitol will be provided. Our closing will be at the Capitol from 3:00-3:30 PM in Legislative Dining Room on the ground floor.
When:   9:15 AM
Where:   Wesley UMC, 800 E. 12th St., Des Moines

Mon., Jan. 28
Des Moines
Local Action You Can Take for Our Planet, Earth
What:  The most environmentally friendly and cheapest energy is the energy we do not use! The Des Moines City Council is looking at an energy efficiency program for buildings in Des Moines 25,000 sq. ft. This will be a big piece of a puzzle that will hopefully end in a Climate Action Plan for Des Moines! You can "act" in two different ways: 1) call your city council members and tell them this is a great way to support this important ordinance; 2) attend the City Council meeting on the date listed above.
When:  7 PM
Where:   City Hall, 400 Robert Ray Dr., Des Moines

Tues., Jan. 29
Des Moines
Iowa Sanctuary Meeting
When:   6 pm
More: for more info email

Thurs., Jan. 31
Dubuque, IA
Children of Abraham Conversation
What:  Dubuque’s Children of Abraham creates an atmosphere of civic life that builds inter-religious solidarity, cooperation, and friendship. It does so through regular monthly topical conversations, service, activities, education outreach, and expressions of cross-cultural hospitality in sacred spaces. The topic of the conversation in January will be forgiveness.
When:  7 PM
Where:  St. Anthony's Church, 870 St. Ambrose St., Dubuque
Contact:  For more information, please contact John

Mon., Feb. 4
Des Moines
AFSC Immigrant Advocacy Day
What:  We’re working on building our pro-active, pro-immigrant agenda by bringing together our statewide coalition, meeting with legislators and planning events for the 2019 session. Join us on February 4 for our Immigrant Advocacy Day at the Capitol! RSVP here!

Thurs., Jan. 31 & Thurs., Feb. 7
Des Moines
“An Introduction to Dreams and Spiritual Growth” Workshop
What:  For this two-part workshop, we will meet on successive Thursdays (January 31 & February 7) Facilitator: Kevin O'Donnell During this workshop, we will begin exploring the symbolic language of dreams, how God communicates with us through our dreams, how to work with our dreams, and how working with our dreams can help us grow in greater wholeness and in deeper relationship with God. We hope you will join us!
When:  6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Where:  Emmaus House 1521 Center Street, Des Moines
More:  - Cost: $25.00 See website for more info and to register.

Thurs., Jan. 31
Des Moines
Meet-Up at Noce
What:  Join us for Jazz on the House (all night happy hour, no cover) on the last Thursday of the month, starting in January!  Get caught up with your WILPF friends when the door open at 6pm and stay for Jazz at 7pm. Adult Beverages and small plates available.
When:   6pm, Meet-Up
Where:  Noce, 1326 Walnut      
More:  Thank you to WILPFer & co-owner Maria Fillapone for establishing Noce, the premier home for jazz & cabaret in Des Moines, hosting acts both local & national & featuring a world-class cocktail bar.
On-street parking is available throughout neighborhood (and free after 9pm) and just a block away is the giant Nationwide parking garage at 12th and Walnut. The garage is always open to the public and is free on week nights after 6pm as well as all day and night on Saturdays and Sundays.

Thurs., Jan. 31
Deocrah, IA
Let's Talk P.I.E.S.: Soup & Learn with Tim Wagner
When: 5:30 PM
Where: NEIPJC- 119 Winnebago St., Decorah  

Sat., Feb. 2
Des Moines
A Day in the Desert- "Stillness"
What: Are you looking for time and space for prayer and reflection, but don't have the time for a long retreat? Are you finding it challenging to hear God's gentle voice in the midst of your busy life? If so, please consider joining us for "A Day in the Desert" at Emmaus House. All ARE WELCOME! The next Day in the Desert will be held on February 2, 2019, and is entitled “Stillness.”
When: Every Day in the Desert begins at 9 a.m., and lasts until 3:15 p.m.
Where: Emmaus House (1521 Center St., Des Moines)
More: Light snacks, coffee and tea are available, and participants are invited to bring a simple lunch for themselves, if desired. All Day in the Desert events will be held at Emmaus House (1521 Center Street, Des Moines). The complete event flyer is available here. To register for an event, please click here!

Sat., Feb. 9
Des Moines
A Morning of Prayer: “To See With New Eyes”
What:  God saw all that he created and saw that it was good. And St. Ignatius saw all as gift from God. Do we see things that Good News way? Using Dewitt Jones' TED talk about his mission as a National Geographic photographer to 'Celebrate What's RIGHT with the World!' Fr. Dan Krettek will lead this morning of prayer that will look at how we look upon things, and ask for the grace to see our 'same old same old' with new eyes.
When:   beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Where:  Emmaus House (1521 Center Street, Des Moines).
More:  The cost is $25/person, and coffee, tea and muffins will be provided. For more information, or to register, click here!

Sat., Feb. 9
Des Moines
"The Climate Revival"
What: The Climate Revival", The author of, Climate Church, Climate World, one of the books the WILPF book club read, will be the keynote speaker! The author, Jim Antal, is calling for a complete repurposing of our churches in this time of a Climate Emergency if they are going to survive!
When: 10am-3pm, "
Where: Plymouth Church on 42nd and Ingersoll.

Sat., Feb. 9
Iowa City
February Iowa City CCL (Climate Change Lobby) Chapter Meeting
When:  11:30-noon: Social Time, noon-12:40: CCL Monthly Call, 12:40-1:30: Meeting,  1:30-2: Optional Further Discussion
Where:  Prairie Hill Common House, 140 Prairie Hill Lane, Iowa City

Sat., Feb. 9
Cedar Rapids
February Cedar Rapids CCL (Climate Change Lobby) Chapter Meeting
When:  11:00 AM to 12:45 PM
Where:   Marion Public Library 


1.) From AFSC:  We’re working with partners to listen to ideas, strategize on issues and identify new leaders. We’ve been visiting ELL classes and parent groups, and we’ll be at Sacred Heart Parish in West Des Moines in February. Let us know if you’ like us to come facilitate a discussion with you, your neighbors or your congregation! (Email
2.)  With immigration in the news, we’ve been doing a lot of “Immigration 101” presentations. Let us know if you’d like to host us! And remember, this is not just a border crisis, but rather an assault on immigrants here in Iowa, too. Donate directly to support Iowa DACA recipients, asylum seekers and families torn apart by ICE!
3.)  Petition to Congress:
"Protect federal workers and low-wage employees of federal contractors from losing wages or homes or defaulting on loans on bills because of Trump's shutdown."
Add your name:
4.)  We’ve seen this before, a mixture of fear-mongering, bullying, and lies leading us down a path to war. While we just learned that National Security Advisor John Bolton had asked the Pentagon for plans to bomb Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has just announced that the US will host a summit on the Middle East in Warsaw, Poland on February 13-14.Pompeo’s aim is to set the stage for an unnecessary conflict with Iran.
Instead of a summit to confront Iran, we need the world to pressure the United States to reenter the Iran nuclear deal after Trump’s unilateral withdrawal and to lift the devastating sanctions it has imposed on Iran. Sign our letter asking EU countries to skip Pompeo’s belligerent conference in Warsaw next month and instead convene a gathering on Middle East peace that includes Iran.
5.)  Prepare or Sponsor a Meal to the Emergency Family Shelter
Is your group, company, or family wanting to help those in need?  The Catholic Charities Emergency Family Shelter (formerly known as St. Joseph's) is always in need of meal providers, as well as yogurt, string cheese, and protein items for nighttime snack. If you are interested, please contact Ashley Raske, Shelter Coordinator, at 515-282-1235 to schedule a night to provide a meal, donate, or sponsor a meal.

6.)Thanks to Patti McKee of Catholic Peace Ministry for this link and info:  Before Christmas the US Senate passed the resolution to end unauthorized support for the Saudi war on Yemen. Unfortunately the US House did not take it up before Christmas break; now the process has to start all over again in both chambers. Please call our senators and representative and ask them to support ending US support for the Saudi war on Yemen and to push for humanitarian aid for Yemen.
Rep. Cindy Axne: 202-225-5476; Sen. Grassley: 202-224-3744; Sen. Ernst 202-224-3254.
Here is a link to an article on Yemen.
7.) Between the attached powerpoint and our DNR lawsuit documents at the link below, you can get a pretty good understanding of what hog confinements are, why they produce the human health problems they do, what those health problems are, and why we have had such a hard time getting anything done to protect humans from hog confinement pollutants and toxins.
We have changed the lawsuit, but not in any real way. We have simply left out the original step of trying to get the DNR to agree with us and issue a declaratory order using our wording.
Instead, we have skipped that step and are asking the DNR in our lawsuit to "retain" all excreta/waste/manure that the code/law says it is supposed to do. This is explained in the main document. Our arguments, and the documents that we use making those arguments, are still the same in this DNR lawsuit as they were original lawsuit.  Our online documents:
     There is an online Decorah Newspaper article which sets the
stage from a historical perspective as to why we have sued the DNR.
The link to the local Decorah Newspaper article is:
From: Bob Watson, Decorah, IA ; & see

8.) 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.
9.) 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!

Starting Mon., Feb. 18
Around the world
New Online Course: War Abolition 101: How we Create a Peaceful World: February 18 – March 31, 2019
What:  War Abolition 101 is a six-week online course providing participants an opportunity to learn from, dialogue with, and strategize for change with World BEYOND War experts, peer activists, and changemakers from around the world.
Each week will feature a guest instructor / facilitator from World BEYOND War’s coordinating or advisory committee. These guest instructors will help you to explore weekly topics supported by an online chat room where you are encouraged to dialogue with peers and instructors. The interactions are not live or scheduled. You take part whenever works for you. Optional written assignments are also provided each week for those who wish to earn a certificate.

Tues., Feb. 26

Ames, IA

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

What:  Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragilityand Is Everyone Really Equal, has had a profound influence on the national discourse on race. She has facilitated trainings on racial and social justice issues for more than 20 years and coined the term "white fragility" in 2011. DiAngelo will discuss her concept of how white Americans are unknowingly socialized to be highly sensitive to and defensive in situations involving race - that is, racially "fragile." She also emphasizes the perspectives and skills white people need to build in order to engage more constructively across race. This event will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

When:   beginning at 7:00 pm

Where:   Great Hall of Iowa State University’s Memorial Union (2229 Lincoln Way, Ames).

More:  For more information, click here, or visit the events Facebook site by clicking here!  

Sat., March 2  (Team registrations appreciated by Feb. 15)

Des Moines

Trivia Night—Registration is Open!

What:  Knowledge Wanted! But not required...Come for the fun and show your support.
When: Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 6-9 p.m. (Dinner at 6 p.m. Trivia at 7 p.m.)
Where: Catholic Pastoral Center, 601 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA
More:  Cost: $200 for a table/team of eight. Individual tickets are available for $25 each.
Recruit friends, family, co-workers, your JustFaith group, book clubs to form a team. There will be games and prizes. Dinner, beverages, and snacks are included. The winning team members will receive a prize, and of course bragging rights.
Register Online Team registrations are appreciated by February 15.
All proceeds benefit the Center for Social Ministry.

Fri., March 15- Sun., March 17
Des Moines
2019 Midwest CW Faith and Resistance Retreat
What: In 2014 the DMCW & VFP hosted the Midwest CW's annual retreat with the focus of the yet to be operating DM Armed Drone Command Center.. It was a  St Pat's Day effort.... see  This spring the DMCW & VFP are  again hosting the 2019 Midwest CW F&R Retreat in DM on St Patrick's Day weekend  March 15 - 17, 2019 with the same focus, the now operating Des Moines Armed Drone Command Center.
When:  St Pat's Day weekend
Where: Des Moines IA, focus Armed Drone Command Center
Host: DMCW and the DM VFP
More to follow...... save the dates.....
For more info and up dates contact:
DMCW -- Frank Cordaro  515 490 2490
DMCW -- Jakob Whitson 785 340 2458
DMCW & DM VFP-- Gilbert Landolt 515 333 2180

Sat., March 30
Des Moines
24th CPM’s Annual Bishop Dingman Peace award Celebration
What:  This year’s award recipient will be Carolyn Uhlenhake Walker, who has been active on peace and climate change issues for many years, as well as being a dedicated teacher and mentor to many children. She is active in WILPF, the Des Moines Citizens’ Task Force for Sustainability, 1000 Friends of Iowa and Trinity Las Americas United Methodist Church.
Our keynote speaker will be Jeffrey Biggers, an award-winning historian, journalist and playwright. His work has appeared on National Public Radio and Public Radio International, the New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, Atlantic Monthly, Huffington Post, Salon, The Nation, and Al Jazeera, to name a few. Biggers is the founder of Climate Narrative Project, an arts and advocacy project for schools, universities and organizations. From 2014-2017, he served as the Sustainability Writer-in-Residence at the University of Iowa.
When: TBA
Where:  Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Des Moines.
More:  In the summer of 2018, Counterpoint Press published Biggers' Resistance: Reclaiming an American Tradition. “Reading this book, I saw history vanquish amnesia, David slay Goliath, and tenacity take down tyrants," scientist and author Sandra Steingraber wrote. "I saw a long, unbroken chain of resistance extending back through centuries. I saw the world saved over and over. I saw heroes and declared them my ancestors. I heard stories to inspire bold action. I found traditions I want to pass on.”
We hope you will save the date and join us for this inspiring evening. –Patti McKee at Catholic Peace Ministry

Late April (probably Saturday April 27)
Mason City area (exact time and location to be announced)
Second Annual Iowa State Citizens’ Climate Lobby Meeting

Sat., April 13 & Sun., April 14
Iowa City area
Truth-Telling Along Iowa's Freedom Trail
What: The Beloved Community Initiative and the African American Museum of Cedar Rapids invites you to make a Lenten pilgrimage of truth and reconciliation. The path follows part of the “Freedom Trail,” a section of the Underground Railroad used in the 1840s to transport escaped enslaved persons to the North to freedom. Iowa played an important role in the Underground Railroad; a legacy we hope to explore in this journey, as well as grow in our awareness and compassion for people who so desperately sought their freedom.
When: The pilgrimage will be April 13-14, 2019.
Where: We will begin in Iowa City, at Old Brick, and then travel south and east to several sites of the Underground Railroad, hearing the stories of the abolitionists and the people they sought to protect. We will have one overnight as part of the journey, and will end back in Iowa City on April 14. For more information, visit our website by clicking here!

Sat., April 27 (not April 6)
Iowa City
MFSA Spring Statewide Gathering
When: 9:45 AM
Where:  St. Mark's UMC, 2675 E. Washington St., Iowa City
More:  .Revs. Katie Dawson & Sean McRoberts will share information and lead conversation about the February 2019 General Conference and the Way Forward. More information to come.

Sun., June 9- Tues., June 11
Washington DC
Tenth Annual Citizens’ Climate Lobby International Conference
Where:  Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC

Sun., June 23- Tues., June 25
Washington, DC
Super Early Bird Registration for CMEP's (Churches for Middle East Peace) 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 is reading Climate Church, Climate World- How People of Faith Must Work For Change by Jim Antal.
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