Sun., Aug. 11
Des Moines
Rally/ Vigil- “—“Close the Camps:  Justice for Immigrants.” 
What:  From Sally Frank, a leading attorney for social justice actions in Iowa: this rally is  a part of a broader action by Jewish groups during their observance of Tisha B’Av, a day of communal mourning that commemorates destruction of the first and second Temples in Jerusalem by the Babylonian (586 BCE) and Roman (70 CE) Empires and the many atrocities against Jewish people that followed over the centuries.  People of all faiths and non-faith are welcome.
When:  1- 3 pm
Where:  west side of the state capitol

Sun., Aug. 11
Across the country
Webinar for Mobilizers (The Climate Mobilization)
What:  When we talk about the personal side of the climate crisis, we often hear about how difficult, isolating and frustrating it can be to live as a person fully aware of the climate emergency, while friends and family live in “business as usual.” Bridging this divide in conversation can be awkward and tricky — and will be our topic for contemplation and conversation this Sunday on our Meditation for Climate Emergency call.
The call will take place via GoToWebinar on Sunday August 11.
When:   4:30 pm CST;  5:30pm Eastern, 2:30pm Pacific.
Where:  the comfort of your home
This series is part of our Mobilizers program. If you are not already a member, please consider joining by supporting our work with a monthly donation. Many thanks to those who already do.
During the call we'll debrief our challenge from our last call — asking three people how they feel about the climate crisis. For those who were not on the last call, we invite you to have conversations with 3 people about the climate emergency between now and Sunday. Ask them how they feel about the climate emergency, and share your own feelings.
We'll report back from the experience, and talk about interpersonal climate communication and using our energy wisely. Marina will share a meditation focused on mindfulness of emotions to help us as we navigate charged conversations.
A video recording of the call will be available for those who can’t attend. If you can’t come but would like to watch after the fact, sign up and we’ll send along the video link.

Sun., Aug. 11
Des Moines
Immanuel UMC Benefit Concert for DMARC
What:  Join Immanuel United Methodist Church for an amazing afternoon of local singer-songwriter musicians Bob Pace, Annie and Dave Ducharme-Jones, Kevin Lindgren, and the band Menlo Park. The benefit concert will be held on Sunday, August 11, 2019.
When:   2 – 5 p.m.
Where:  Immanuel United Methodist Church (2900 49th Street, Des Moines).
More:   Immanuel UMC is asking you bring a non-perishable food item for entrance, and funds to help them meet their goal of raising $3,000! There will also be a traditional bake sale and other refreshments.    

Mon., Aug. 12 (every Monday)
Des Moines
WILPF Book Club has restarted
What:  The Club is back at Beaverdale Books every Monday morning.  All are invited! When: 10 am
Where:  Beaverdale Books, 2629 Beaver Ave # S1, Des Moines, IA 50310

Mon., Aug. 12
Waterloo, IA
Ban-The-Box, or Fair Chance Initiative Ordinance proposal
What:  This is (designed to help those unduly oppressed who have criminal arrest in their backgrounds).
When:  5:30 pm
Where:  Waterloo City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall    

Wed., Aug. 15
Decorah, IA
Immigration Working Group
What:  Learn about current immigration issues and how to meet the needs of immigrants in the area.
When:  4-5 pm
Where:  NEIPJC, (North East Iowa Peace & Justice Center) 119 Winnebago St., Decorah
More:  meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month

Tues., Aug. 13
Iowa City
Talk about climate bills with Sen. Grassley’s office
What:  Iowa City Climate Advocates have a meeting on August 13 with Grassley's Regional Director, Rochelle Fuller.
When:   9am
Where: find out more info by emailing or call (319) 400-9903
I'm really interested in her thoughts on the new climate bills in Congress and the climate tool demoed at the last monthly meeting.
More:  Please let Eric know if you'd like to attend. The Iowa City Climate Advocates have met with Ms. Fuller once before and it was a very cordial conversation, and you won't need to talk if you don't feel like it. There are 3 planning to attend at this time.

Fri., Aug. 16
Iowa City
Music and Redemption:  PEACE Iowa member, Andy Douglas, will read from his new book, Redemption Songs: A Year in the Life of a Community Prison Choir
When:  7 p.m.
Where:  Prairie Lights Bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St, Iowa City
More:  Andy Douglas' new book is about the Oakdale Community Choir, restorative justice, challenges facing the criminal justice system, and how the arts and music can help in the rehabilitation process.
“Douglas’s work is evocative and thoughtful, deeply compassionate and humble,
and brings the reader close to the lives, wounds and hopes of the incarcerated men.”
– Andre de Quadros, Chair of Department of Music, Boston University.
A percentage of book sales go to Inside Out, a returning citizens support organization.
More info:

Fri., Aug. 16
Des Moines
Workplace Harassment: The Big Picture
What:  As the country wrestles with the aftermath of the #MeToo movement, Kirsten Anderson, Advocate & Founder of Equitas Solutions, will provide a comprehensive look at what many are not talking about, dealing with, and thinking about when it comes to this pervasive problem.
When:  11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Where:   Plymouth Congregational Church (4126 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines).
More:  If you are planning to attend, please RSVP by August 13, 2019 by e-mail at, or by phone to 515/279-8715. A $10 fee is payable at the door and includes lunch.    

Wed., Aug. 21
Iowa City
Sierra Club and other environmental groups potluck
What: Come share a dish and meet with other ICCA and Sierra Club members and members of other environmental groups
When:  6 pm
Where:   Hickory Hill Park North Entrance (Conklin Street Entrance- 800 Conklin St.)

Thurs., Aug. 22
Davenport, IA
“Paris to Pittsburgh” Film Screening
What:  A free public showing of this 2018 film will be held on Thursday, August 22. It is about the climate crisis.
When:   6:30 – 8:30 PM
Where:  Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities, 3707 Eastern Avenue, in Davenport. 
More:  A panel will follow.  [Note: This film will also be shown at Aldersgate UMC (United Methodist Church), in Des Moines on Tuesday, September 24th, at 6:30 PM.]
Sat., Aug. 24
Des Moines
Women at the Well Summit
What:  The Summit will explore what comes next for Women at the Well (a ministry/ church of the United Methodist Church) given the changes at the (Mitchellville, IA) prison.  Where is God leading, both inside and beyond the prison?
When:  Friends and supporters will gather at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August  24th. The program will begin at 10:30, wrapping up at 3:00 PM. Where:  Immanuel UMC (United Methodist Church)  in Des Moines.
More:  Lunch will be served and there will be communion during the closing worship.  The event is free, but a free-will offering will be taken to benefit the ministry.

Sun., Aug. 25
Des Moines
Jeff Wright to Speak at CURE
What:  Jeff Wright, Head of the State Public Defender’s Office, will be the speaker for the Iowa CURE (Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants) Quarterly Meeting on Sunday, August 25th.
When:  2:00 PM
Where:  Trinity UMC, (United Methodist Church) @ 8th and College, in Des Moines.  More:  He will share information about the Iowa Board of Parole, and the State Public Defender’s Office.
Thurs., Aug. 29 through Nov. 14 (meeting on Thursdays between those 2 dates)
West Des Moines
Alpha class at St. Francis of Assisi
What:  Alpha helps bring people into a relationship with Jesus Christ by sharing the good news of the gospel in an informal environment that includes a meal, a video, and open discussion. Sessions are open to all adults. Come and see...and invite a friend of any faith or no faith!
When:  6 -8 p.m.
Where:  Serra Room of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (7075 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines).
More:  For more information, or to register for the program, click here!

1.) Here is the link to the Des Moines Register candidate tracker for Presidential candidates in Iowa
2.) Interfaith Power & Light is looking for people to host screenings of the National Geographic film, “From Paris to Pittsburgh.” This is a great way to help educate the public, media, elected officials, and candidates. For more details, visit:
 3.)  In this time of rampant climate change, rising border walls, mushrooming immigration detention camps, growing trade tariffs, national and international political tensions, it’s easy to understand how day-to-day life can seem so dark and overwhelming. We want to make a difference, BE the difference, for our family, our friends, and our community. But where can we have an impact?! How do we begin?!

Beginning this Fall, CSM (Center for Social Ministry) is pleased to provide a full slate of programs designed to assist you in identifying the issues you are passionate about, equipping you to understand and address these issues in your personal and family life, and uniting you with others who share similar passions to work for change in our community and world.
Stay tuned for Start Dates and Registration Information for these, and other, programs!
For more information about the Center for Social Ministry, or about our program offerings, visit us at!

 4.)  The world we seek—one without war and the threat of war—is a little farther off today than it was yesterday. That’s because, effective today, the United States legally withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).
 The INF Treaty prohibited the U.S and Russia from possessing intermediate-range ground-launched missiles. Those missiles heighten the chance of blundering into a nuclear war.
 INF and treaties like it build trust, reduce tensions, and improve lines of communications between countries that have the potential to incinerate all of humanity at the push of a button. The INF Treaty greatly eased the nuclear tensions that once faced the world—but the threat of nuclear war has remained all too present.
 Congress, and the elections next year, will shape very important decisions on where our nation will head on nuclear weapons.
 We can make the world safe from the threat of nuclear devastation—but we must raise our voices loud.  Your senators and representatives are back home for the August recess. This is the perfect time to go on “drop-by” visit to their local office and let them know—Congress must reject funding for dangerous new nukes.
5.)    Over 30 people were killed and dozens wounded in mass shootings this past weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
These occurred less than a week after a mass shooting in Gilroy, California, killed three people and injured over 10.
Scores of others were killed and wounded each day during this same time period in smaller, but no less deadly, incidents of gun violence across the U.S.
We lament this death, pray for all who have been affected, and urge you to join us in action.
We are calling on United Methodists (& all citizens –)( addition IPN’s)  in the United States to email their senators to pass the 2019 Background Check Expansion Act.
 This weekend, gunmen killed at least 29 people in back-to-back mass shootings—in El Paso, Texas, in an attack apparently fueled by anti-immigrant racism and white supremacy—and in Dayton, Ohio. These were the 250th and 251th mass shootings this year in America.1
 In comparison, there's been one mass shooting this year in Canada and three in Mexico.2
 We can tackle the epidemic of gun violence in America. But Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and other GOP senators are blocking sweeping gun control legislation passed by the majority-Democrat House earlier this year.
 We must hold McConnell and other GOP senators accountable and defeat those who are up for re-election in 2020 (especially McConnell), starting with putting up billboards in central, high-traffic locations in their home states that highlight their role in America's gun violence epidemic. Will you chip in now to help us pay for the billboards?
 Yes, I'll chip in $3 now to help hold GOP lawmakers accountable, fight the NRA, and end the epidemic of gun violence in America.

 6.)       The petition to Mitch McConnell reads:
"Our country's gun violence epidemic demands action. Call the Senate back from recess to vote on H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act."

7.) Free Climate Change Documentary
There is a "free" viewing of this most recent climate change documentary that is narrated by Leo DeCaprio on HBO.  It can be found at

8.) From AFSC- Immigration Program in Des Moines:  Folks keep asking what can be done in this moment- below you'll find an updated action sheet with a pretty comprehensive list of things that folks can be doing to have an impact on the immigration issue here in Iowa.

One thing in particular that you can be doing in response to the threatened ICE raids: reach out to local leaders and local law enforcement and urge them to stop/limit collaboration with ICE. Sample scripts here.

Other requests from our office:

-Volunteer to help with a writing project. Capabilities: write (in English) well. Can work from wherever you are- not necessary to come into our office. Time frame: pretty urgent/ASAP.
-Fluent, bi-lingual (English/Spanish) volunteers to help with the hotline. Must be able to function well under pressure, must be sensitive to cultural needs, must be committed to confidentiality and tracking, must have access to a smart phone and relatively comfortable with technology. Can work from wherever you are. We'll train you and bring you up to speed.
-Sponsors to provide food during our upcoming Organizing Academy. We need food for around 20 people for 5 sessions. Could you or your community help out? Starting July 30-Aug 27 (every Tuesday evening) in Des Moines.
-Volunteers to help with public education forming a speakers bureau with us. There is such a need (and desire) for information about the U.S. Immigration system we could use some help presenting to groups. We'll prep you to present and point you in the right direction! Location: anywhere in Iowa.
-Volunteer to help put pressure on statewide and local news agencies. Communications professionals needed! Iowa's media outlets have been reporting on the crisis at the border and Trumps threats but don't seem to understand that there are local implications. Can you help us reach out?

9.) Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program
The Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program has had high-volume arrivals for April and May. Almost a fifth of the number of arrivals we are expecting the entire year have arrived or are expected. Your help is needed to supply household items as we establish initial housing for these families.
We are in need of the following:
-Twin, Full, and Queen bedding
sheet sets, blankets, comforters
-New Pillows
-Laundry Detergent
-All Purpose Cleaner
-Toilet Paper
-Paper Towels
-Dish-washing Liquid
If you or your group are interested in helping with donations, please contact Sinishaw at 515-393-5231.

10.) Volunteering with AFSC Iowa
Our small staff could use your help! If you're interested in donating your time and energy as a volunteer with AFSC Iowa's Immigrant Rights Program, please let us know!  Volunteer opportunities: Our office could use your help! Fill out this form if you’d like to plug in!

11.) Faith & Grace Garden
Spring is here, and it’s once again time to prepare the soil and sow the seed. The Faith & Grace Garden is looking for volunteers! Volunteers are needed during the following times: Mondays from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., and Fridays and Saturdays by appointment. The Garden is closed on Sundays. To volunteer in the mornings, click here. To volunteer in the afternoons, click here. For more information, or to make an appointment to volunteer on Friday or Saturday, contact Tim Goldman and Mark Marshall by texting 745-9842 and 988-5381.

12.) 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.

13.) 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!


Tues., Sept. 10
Waterloo, IA
Movie Viewing, POVERTY, INC. 
What:  Sponsored by State Poor People’s Campaign, a national movement led by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber & Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharris
When & Where:  TBD
Watch for more info

Coming this Fall
Waterloo, IA
State-wide book read and discussion of The Color of Compromise
What:  This discussion will be followed by state-wide presentation by the author himself, Jemar Tisby.  Fall 2019. 
More specifics forthcoming.
Fri., Sept. 20
Des Moines
International Day of Peace Observance
When: 6:30 PM
More info to come

Fri., Sept. 20
Des Moines
Iowa Climate Strike
What:  more info forthcoming
When & Where:   11:00 AM, in Des Moines  (more info forthcoming)

Fri., Sept. 20- Fri., Sept. 27
Schuyler, NE
Pray Without Ceasing: 8-Day Silent Centering Prayer Retreat
What:  Contemplative Outreach of Central Iowa invites you to join them for this 8-day silent retreat. The retreat will consist of continuous periods of Centering Prayer, from before sunrise until the dinner hour, with breaks for meals. Attendees may participate in as much prayer as they are called to. Short pauses for entering and leaving the silence will be offered every 30 minutes. There will be no teaching and no reading during this immersion in silence. Those who wish may attend daily mass at the Priory. The retreat will be held from September 20 until September 27, 2019.
When: see info at facebook page (link below)
Where:   St. Benedict Center in Schuyler, Nebraska.
More:  Cost is $650, which includes single occupancy room with private bathroom, and all meals. A limited number of double occupancy rooms are available. Your retreat Directors will be Chris Frantsvog and Paul Witmer. For more information, or to register for the event, click here!

Tues., Sept. 24
Urbandale, IA
Film Screening:  “From Pittsburgh to Paris”
What:  This movie is a good tool for education and awareness on clean energy and et.
When:  6:30 PM
Where:  Aldersgate UMC, 3600 75th St, Urbandale, IA 50322

Fall 2019
Delegation to Iran trip with Codepink
What:  In February, 30 American peace delegates travelled to Iran to express their deep concern about Trump’s crippling sanctions and dangerous march towards war. After the wonderful feedback from trip participants, CODEPINK decided to organize two trips to Iran in Fall of 2019. Click here to reserve your spot!
You can choose from two different trip options that will take you to multiple fascinating cities in Iran. We’ll explore the bustling bazaars in Tehran, bask in the exquisite architecture in Isfahan, visit Shiraz--the city of poets, and discover the ancient ruins of Persepolis. We’ll eat kabobs with a glass of doogh (savory yogurt-based beverage) and learn about the lives of everyday Iranians that the Trump administration and mainstream media don’t want you to see.
Join us in spreading the message of peace, building people-to-people relations, exploring the beauty of Iran, and learning first-hand the impact that U.S. policies are having on everyday Iranians.
Sat., Sept. 27- Mon., Sept. 29
Des Moines
White Eagle Multicultural Pow Wow
Where:   Fairgrounds in Des Moines

Sat., Oct. 5- Sun., Oct. 6

Limerick, Ireland
World BEYOND War’s fourth annual global conference on the abolition of war
What:   This conference will include a rally on the 6th at Shannon Airport, where U.S. military forces routinely pass through in violation of Irish neutrality.
We’ll be bringing together some of the best speakers, scholars, and activists from Ireland and the world in the movement to end war and establish a just, sustainable, and global peace.
Speakers will include Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire
When:  Timing: 9 to 6:30 Saturday October 5th, and 9 to 1:15 Sunday October 6th, followed by rally at Shannon Airport, with optional walk from the hotel to the airport
Where:  Location: Great National South Court Hotel, Raheen Roundabout, Raheen, Limerick, V94 E77X, Ireland. (Shannon Airport Address: M3XP+V4 Lismacleane, County Clare, Ireland.)
More:  Details of the conference, including speakers and full agenda, will be posted as they are developed at
Registrants for the conference can get a discounted rate to stay at the hotel Friday and/or Saturday evenings, and can stay additional nights at the standard rate. Or participants can stay at our Peace Camp! Or use our rides and lodging board.  Register>>>
Limerick is easily accessible from Shannon Airport or by rail or bus from Dublin.

Mon., Nov. 11- Fri., Nov. 15
Out of state tour
What:   Educational journey down south to iconic civil and human rights sites in Memphis, Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma, including the relatively new Lynching Memorial and Legacy Museum in Montgomery. 
More:  Watch for more info

Sat., Nov. 2
Des Moines 
MFSA (Methodist Federation for Social Action)  Fall Statewide Gathering
Where:  at Trinity Las Americas in Des Moines (more info forthcoming)
Sat., Dec. 7
Statewide Iowa CCL Meeting
When:  10 am - 4 pm (time maybe shorter than that)
Where:  Ames Public Library, PEO Room

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

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., Decorah, IA


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