Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Thurs. Dec. 14
Coralville, IA
Climate Change – A Voter’s Guide
What: Presentation by Scott Carpenter, ICCA member and research scientist at the University of Iowa in the Department of Geoscience.
When:   6:30 - 8:30
Where:  Coralville Public Library, Room A

Fri, Dec. 14
NEIPJC Open House
What: Come out to a "Meet and Greet" Open House put on by the NEIPJC. Area residents are invited for savory refreshments, a casual tour of the Center and its work; a chance to meet the Center's new Director, Kai Hedstrom, and participate in a gratitude ceremony for Julie Fischer, the Center's volunteer director for the last 6 years.
When:   4:30- 7PM
Where:  NEIPJC Open House (119 Winnebago) Decorah. 

Fri., Dec. 15
Des Moines
Rabbi David Kaufman speaking on Anti-semitism/ Crossroads gathering
What:  Rabbi David Kaufman will be speaking on the topic of Anti-Semitism, at the next Crossroads gathering, sponsored by the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa. 
When:  11:30am
Where:  Waveland Hall, Plymouth Church
More:  cost is $10, which includes lunch.  This gathering presents an opportunity to raise the issue of Israel’s complete air and sea blockade of Gaza and a partial blockade of goods and people through two land crossings as well as Israel’s restrictions on the ability of Gazans to enter Israel.  
Please note:  One must register for the luncheon in advance:  Kristin@interfaithalliance

Sat., Dec. 16
Beyond Words Burning Bright 2017 Community Concert
When:  4 & 7PM
Where:   First United Methodist Church (302 W. Broadway)
More:  Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Oneota Co-op.

Wed., Dec. 20
Winter Solstice Contemplative Worship
What:  Join us for an evening of contemplative worship. The evening will feature Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, musician and liturgical theologian, from Strawberry Point, Iowa. Richard is known nationally as a composer of both traditional liturgical and contemporary worship music.
When:  7 p.m.
Where:   The event will be held at Covenant Christian Church (2700 72nd Street, Urbandale, Iowa).
Contact:  For more information contact Paul Witmer by phone at 515/240-1653, or by e-mail at There is no cost for this event, but a free will offering will be taken.

Thurs., Dec. 21
Des Moines
A Service of Remembrance and Hope
What:  You’re invited to join us on Thursday, December 21, 2018 for a Service of Remembrance and Hope.
When:  7 pm
Where:  St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church (1020 24th St, West Des Moines)
More:  The Service is a time when we can, with others, acknowledge the “blue” feelings we have at Christmas time, the reasons for them, and offer them to God. All are welcomed.  Please consider inviting your friends, family, and neighbors or work colleagues … anyone you feel may be helped or comforted by this service.

Sat., Jan. 6
Des Moines
DM Catholic Worker Open House & Volunteer Appreciation Party
What:  The DMCW community is hosting our 1st annual Open House and Volunteer Appreciation Party! We will have music and food throughout the 3 hour Open House & Party.  All are welcome. Truth is, we could not do, what we do for the guest we serve without a whole lot of friends and volunteers helping cook and serve meals, doing weekly house shifts and volunteer to do any number of task and projects that help us keep out doors open. This is an invite to these good folks plus a chance for any one else, interested in our work, come join us for some food, music and fun.
When: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Bp Dingman House, 1310 7th St., Des Moines
Contact:  Aaron Jorgensen-Briggs <>
Frank Cordaro <>
DM Catholic Worker


1.)Saudi Arabia's war and blockade have pushed Yemen to the brink of famine and caused the worst cholera outbreak on record, with a million malnourished children at risk from cholera.1 Every 10 minutes a child in Yemen dies of preventable causes like malnutrition and diarrhea.2 When UNICEF's director was asked how to end Yemen's humanitarian catastrophe, he said: "Stop the war."3

The U.S. has been a direct participant in Saudi Arabia's war. In addition to arming the war, the U.S. refuels Saudi and UAE warplanes bombing Yemen;4 Saudi-UAE warplanes can't conduct their bombing of Yemen without U.S. refueling.5

When the House returns from recess next week, Reps. Ro Khanna, Walter Jones, and Mark Pocan will introduce a bipartisan bill invoking the War Powers Resolution to force a floor vote on ending U.S. participation in Saudi Arabia's famine-producing war. Contact your representative

2.)Letter from Ruby Montoya (Jess and Ruby  may be criminally charged for their sabotaging of the DAPL pipeline and the Utility Board building's sign.)
Greetings Everyone!
Jess and I met with the lawyers via conference call today. The lawyers of Civil Liberties Defense Center, a nonprofit in Oregon, are requesting a $500 aide to help with the initial costs of enrolling in the case and to help with initial travel costs to Des Moines. Any monies would be greatly appreciated in helping gather our defense team for the robust legal battle ahead.
I greatly appreciate all of the support folks have sent us, including the public statements of solidarity and prayers.
Please make checks out to the Phil Berrigan CW House and mail to Ruby and Jess, Phil Berrigan CW House, 713 Indiana Ave. Des Moines IA 50315
In service,
Ruby Montoya <>
Jessica Reznicek <>

2.)NIRS needs your help! U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) is attempting to rush H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017, to the House floor for a vote. 

NOW is the time to call your Congressional representatives (202-224-3121), and tell them to VOTE NO on HR 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017..

3.) New Book: VOICES FOR PEACE- War, Resistance and America's Quest for Full-Spectrum Dominance
This timely anthology edited by T.J. Coles includes articles by Voices for Creative Nonviolence co-coordinators Kathy Kelly and Brian Terrell, along with Noam Chomsky, John Pilger, Cynthia McKinney, Bruce Gagnon and others. It can be ordered from the publisher or from Wordery. EngagingSpirituality Fall Group Offerings
   How can we deepen our relationship with God and those around us?  EngagingSpirituality is a small group program from JustFaith Ministries designed to answer that question. This program invites participants to deepen their faith through prayer, listening, exploration, and sharing. An EngagingSpirituality group will be offered at Emmaus House this fall. For more information or to register, visit or contact Susie Tierney at Center for Social Ministry, 515-782-3054 or

4.) Polk County Food Pantry Volunteers
Polk County Food Pantry is in need for volunteers to help participants shop for their food. Days are Monday – Friday 8—5 with 3-4 hour intervals. Mondays and Fridays volunteers are especially welcomed.  If interested contact Mary at 515-286-3695.

6.) Video regarding the recent presentation, Obliterated Families

Many thanks to Rodger for producing this video of his interview with Ala and Anne: It does a nice job of capturing their thoughts about the power of storytelling.


 Wed., Dec. 27- Thurs., Dec. 28
Des Moines
Herod Killed the Infants. Matt. 2:16- Today …  Des Moines Armed Drone Command
Kills Them Too! Celebrate Christmas … Shut Down DM's Drone Command!
What: Feast of the Holy Innocents / Faith & Resistance Retreat & Witness @ DM’s Drone Command Center
When: Dec 27 - 28, 2017- see schedule below
Where: Des Moines Catholic Worker - 1310 7th St & on-site at IA National Guard Drone Command Center, 3100 McKinley Ave
More:  Matt 2: 16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.
Breaking a 39-year history of going to Omaha for a Feast of the Holy Innocents Faith and Resistance Retreat and Witness at Offutt AFB home of STRATCOM, the Des Moines Catholic Worker with the Des Moines Veterans For Peace are hosting our 1st annual DM Feast of the Holy Innocents Faith and Resistance Retreat and Witness at the DM Drone Command Center.
“It makes no sense to leave Des Moines to protest US-led space warfare at STRATCOM in Omaha when we are killing people from space right here in Des Moines IA” -- Frank Cordaro, Des Moines Catholic Worker
Schedule:  Wed., Dec. 27
Dec 27 Wednesday 
What: “Matt 2:16, Innocents killed, then & now, there & here” Speaker to be announced.
Where & when: Bishop Dingman CW House, 1310 7th St. @ 7 p.m.
 Dec 28 Thursday
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Continue reflection … witness and direct-action planning @ Dingman House
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch @ Dingman House
1:30 p.m. Witness and direct action @ entrance of IA National Guard Drone Command Center
 All are welcome in the Spirit of Christmas, nonviolence and peace …
*If you need a bed, call ahead. If you want floor space, bring a bed roll.
Contact:  For more info contact:
DMCW -- Frank Cordaro  515 490 2490
DM VFP-- Gilbert Landolt 515 333 2180

Starting Thurs., Jan. 8
Des Moines
JustMatters - Exploring Migration: A Faith Journey
What:  The beginning of the third millennium has been characterized by the global reality of migration, and by a growing number of migrants. This, in turn, has led to a marked increase in fear and national sentiment which seeks to close borders – to turn away the other. As Christians, how should we navigate and respond to the tension between our global reality and our calling as disciples?  JustFaith Ministries’ new 8-week module – Exploring Migration: A Faith Journey - offers participants the opportunity to learn more about the challenges of contemporary migration, and explore together, through prayer and dialogue, a way to answer our call to discipleship.  The Center for Social Ministry will be offering this 8-week module on Thursday evenings.
When & Where:  6-8 pm Thursdays @ Central Presbyterian Church, or Tuesdays 11 am to 1 pm at the Friends House.  Both groups will begin the week of January 8 and run through the end of February 2018. 
More:  To register to participate, click here. For more information, please contact Susie Tierney at the Center for Social Ministry at (515) 782-3054, or by e-mail at

Sat., Jan. 13
Clive, IA
Contemplative Lounge  
What:  Join in this informal conversation about the practice of Centering Prayer and its facilitation of living contemplatively. Whether you’re a new or seasoned practitioner, we’ll learn from one another as we share our experiences of Centering Prayer and questions that come from those experiences. Myths and misunderstandings about contemplation in general and Centering Prayer, specifically, abound.
The morning will include two periods of Centering Prayer and refreshments. Facilitated by Kathy Reardon, spiritual director and commissioned teacher of Centering Prayer.
When:  9 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Where:  Faith Lutheran Church (10395 University Ave, Clive, Iowa).
Contact:  For more information, contact Cheri Grauer, by phone at 515/979-1988 or by e-mail at A free will offering will be taken. To register, click here

Thurs., Jan. 18
West Des Moines
Between the World and Me book discussion and presentation
What:  Under discussion will be Ta-Nehisi Coates book "Between the World and Me."
When:  5:30- 7:30 pm
Where:  West Des Moines Community Education (3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines)
More:  For more information, click here!

Thurs., Jan. 25
Des Moines
PrairieFire informational open house
What:  PrairieFire is an invitation to a deeper spiritual life, an invitation to set time aside for renewing of self and awakening of soul. It is an opportunity for education and mutual guidance and support in developing spiritual awareness and life-sustaining spiritual practices. The 2018-2020 PrairieFire class will start in September 2018. For those considering if this program is right for them, you’re invited to attend an informational open house.
When:  6- 7:30 pm
Where:  Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
These Open houses are offered both on on Thursday, January 25, 2018, from 6-7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Contact:  For more information, or to register for one of these sessions, contact Diane McClanahan by e-mail at, or by telephone at 515/251-6667.

Fri., Jan. 26
Des Moines
Transcending Trauma seminar
What:  Crossroads of Iowa is proud to announce its 5th Annual Community Seminar: Transcending Trauma.
Where:  Grand View University Student Center
More:  The cost of the event is $90, though there is a $15 discount for those who register early. For a flyer with more information on this event, click here.

Mon., Jan. 29
Across the country
War Abolition 201:  Building the Alternative Global Security System
What:  a fantastic way to support World Beyond War: sign up for our new online course. It's called War Abolition 201: Building the Alternative Global Security System. The course will happen online from January 29 to March 19, 2018. It will include video and text, discussion forums, assignments, and feedback from the best instructors. It will not involve any scheduled live events; rather, you can do the course on your own schedule. This is the course to take if you've already taken our beginner's course on ending war, or if you simply want to focus on replacing war with systems of peace. Details are being added, but you can read about it here and be the first to sign up.

Tues., Jan. 30
West Des Moines
Raising White Kids
What: West Des Moines Community Education invites you to join them in welcoming Dr. Jennifer Harvey, who will speak about her soon-to-be-released book, “Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America.” The workshop is designed to foster dialogue about, and understanding of, the impact of race on white children. Raising healthy white kids is important work and a critical investment in the well-being and futures of all of our children. Dr. Jennifer Harvey is a writer, speaker, and professor at Drake University, and lives in Des Moines, Iowa.
When:  7-9 pm
Where:  West Des Moines Community Education (3550 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines)
More:  For more information, click here!

Sat., Feb. 24
Des Moines
Center for Social Ministry Trivia Night
What:  Mark your calendars now for this year’s Center for Social Ministry Trivia Night! When:  We’ll begin the evening with registration and social time at 5:30 p.m.
Where: at the Catholic Pastoral Center. (Dinner is also included!).  The evening’s winning team will receive bragging rights and a special gift.  The cost to participate is $200 for a team of eight (only $25/person!). Individual tickets can also be purchased for $25. Click here for more information, a flyer, or to register.
Fri., April 6
Iowa City
Iowa City Climate Advocates Annual Music and Food Fundraiser
What:  Featuring Pennies on the Rail, and Sweet Cacophony
When:  5:30-7:30 pm
Where:  Beadology, 220 E Washington St, Iowa City

Regular Events

Mondays 12 p.m.
Des Moines
Moral Mondays
What: Several Iowa groups will get together to advocate for values like equality, fairness, and justice. In partnership with progressive leaders in the Iowa Legislature, Moral Mondays will highlight a new, moral and values driven bill each week during the Legislative Session.
Where: CHANGE: meeting in Room 304 at the Capitol
Sponsors: Family Planning Council of Iowa, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund, Iowa Citizen Action Network, Iowa AFL-CIO, and partners


Des Moines
WILPF Book group
What:  Beaverdale Book Club
When: 10:30 am Mondays from September to May
Where: Beaverdale Book Store
More:  The club is reading the short book- Resistance Guide, a follow-up guide to Mark and Paul Engler's book-This is an Uprising- which they read last year.   A decision on the next book will be made too.  Two possibilities: No is Not Enough by Naomi Klein and Evicted by Matthew Desmond.  For more information, please contact Carolyn at


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.


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 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)