Now through Sun., Jan. 12
Des Moines
Art Center presents “Monument Valley”
What:  The Des Moines Art Center presents the Exhibit, “Monument Valley,” through January 12. It presents multiple views of the complicated construct that is the “American West.”  It features contemporary artists who view the stereotypes and mythology around the West and westerns and show how these concepts echo in American identity and the political and social crises of our time—new stories and new ways to see history.  The artists are Indigenous, Black, white, Latinx and multiracial and represent various cultural backgrounds and identities. It is free and open to the public.
When:  For more information and Museum hours, please go to
Thurs., Dec. 5
West Des Moines
Advent Taize Prayer Service
What:  Taize prayer is a time to rest in God, to let the words listened to and sung penetrateone's being. Invite a friend for a calming, quieting, prayerful evening during the Advent season.
When:  This service will be held  7 – 8 p.m.
Where:   Sanctuary of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church- 7075 Ashworth Road West Des Moines, IA 50266
More:  All are welcome! For more information, click here!
Fri., Dec. 6
Iowa City
Protective Accompaniment Training
What:  Our Catholic Worker community is humbled, thrilled, and honored to present Father Peter Dougherty as the lead trainer of our 8-hour Protective Accompaniment Training, Friday, December 6.
When:  9 am-5pm, followed by a public Mass at 6pm and potluck dinner at 7pm.
More:  Father Peter is a Catholic priest with the Diocese of Lansing. He's worn the same wool sweater for 35 years, as an educator, nuclear disarmament and human rights activist, and advocate for the poor. 
Register:  Please register here for this special protective accompaniment training with Father Dougherty. ~Emily, David, and the Iowa City Catholic Worker House team.

Fri., Dec. 6
Des Moines
Climate Strike
What: Make sure you mark your calendars for the December 6th Climate Strike!!
When   10:30am.
Where:   WILPFers will be joining the rally at the capitol and then march to Cindy Axne’s office to continue pressuring her to sign onto the Green New Deal resolution. More:  Make sure you bring hats, gloves and a warm coat!!    

Fri., Dec. 6
Des Moines
No Room at the Inn
What: No Room at the Inn - The annual holiday reception benefiting the Catholic Charities Emergency Family Shelter is Friday, Dec. 6 at the Catholic Pastoral Center, 6-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 each, sponsorship opportunities are available.
When:  6-8:30 p.m.
Where:  Catholic Pastoral Center, (downtown) Des Moines
More: To register online, go to our website or call Beth at 515-237-5078.

Fri., Dec. 6 & Sat., Dec. 7
Des Moines
Central’s Holiday Market
What:  In its 10th year, the 2019 Holiday Market will feature over 60 of Des Moines’ favorite local artisans showcasing unique handmade crafts, jewelry, furniture, home-baked foods and more! Free and open to the public, the Holiday Market is sure to be a fun time for all! Please join us on Friday & Saturday, December 6 & 7, 2019.
When:  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where:  at Central Presbyterian Church (39thStreet & Grand Avenue, Des Moines). More:  Proceeds generated by Central Presbyterian from the Holiday Market are designated for mission projects. For more information, and a list of vendors, click here!

Sat., Dec. 7
Des Moines
Heart Treasure: An Advent Morning Retreat of Holy Pondering
What:  Join the Contemplative Outreach of Central Iowa for a morning of quiet reflection, centering prayer and holy pondering as we celebrate the gifts of Advent together. Gather for refreshments and registration at 8:30 (Suggested donation: $15)
When:  8:30 a.m. to Noon
Where:  Grace Lutheran Church, 3010 52nd Street, Des Moines
More:  Register at For more information contact

Sat., Dec. 7
Des Moines
IPN Annual Holiday Open House & Alternative Gift Fair
What:  Iowa Peace Network will be holding their annual holiday Open House and Alternative Gift Fair Sat., Dec. 7.  Come to shop anytime and visit with friends.  Stay for our speaker, Jeffrey Weiss, speaking on Media 101 (the general state of US media), at 2:30 pm til 3:30 in the sanctuary.  Fair trade vendors for the Alternative Gift Fair include Catholic Peace Ministry with olive oil and plowshare pins, Clothe the Children with a vareity of international items, Equal Exchange with fair trade chocolate, coffee and etc, Guatemalan handcrafts, IPN resale items of course, and opportunities to give in someone's name to places like Heifer International, Trees for Life/ Teach for Life, Church World Service, and Global Women's Project.You can learn more about these causes at the fair, as well.
When:  1:30- 4 pm
Where:  Des Moines Mennonite Church, 4001 56th St., Des Moines (corner of Madison & 56th St., off Merle Hay)
More:  Refreshments will be provided!

Sat., Dec. 7
Statewide Iowa CCL Meeting
When:  10 am - 4 pm (time maybe shorter than that)
Where:  Ames Public Library, PEO Room, 515 Douglas Ave, Ames, IA 50010

Sat., Dec. 7
Des Moines
Work of Human Hands Sale
When:  9am-3:30pm
Where:   The St. Theresa Bazaar will be in the lower level of St. Theresa Church, 1230 Merle Hay Road. 
More:  For more information, call/text Anita at 515.216.0908.

Mon., Dec. 9
Des Moines
An Advent Evening of Reflection 
What:  The Advent Evening of Reflection will be held on Monday, December 9, 2019.
When: 6-8 p.m.
Where:   Emmaus House (1521 Center Street, Des Moines).
More: The suggested offering is $15.

Thurs., Dec. 12
West Des Moines
Meet My Religious Neighbor: Feast of Our Lady Guadalupe
What: The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is very important to Catholic Christians of Mexican descent. The day commemorates several appearances of the Virgin Mary to a peasant named Juan Diego, and the miraculous sign of roses blooming in December.
When:  6-8:30 p.m.
Where: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1627 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines
More:  Folkloric Dancing in will begin at 6:00 pm in the Parish Center. Mass will be held at 7:00 pm, with food and dancing to follow in the Parish Hall.

Sat., Dec. 14
Des Moines
An Advent Retreat Day
What:  Are you looking for some time and space in the midst of this busy Advent Season to hear God's gentle voice? In our desire to live in a state of readiness this Advent Season, please consider joining us for a time of silence and stillness as we seek to center ourselves and become attentive to God's presence in our lives. All are welcome! Light soup, snacks, and refreshments will be available. If you prefer, please feel free to bring your own lunch. The event will be facilitated by Kevin O’Donnell.
When:  9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Where: Emmaus House (1521 Center Street, Des Moines).
More:  The suggested offering is $35.    

Mon., Dec. 16
Des Moines
Advent Taizé Service
What:  A Taizé service is a deeply communal, contemplative experience. Through its beautiful simplicity, meditative music, and periods of communal silence, we are invited to rest with God, remaining attentive and receptive to God's Spirit present within and among us. Following the Taizé service, please join us for a social gathering. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. All are welcome!
When:  6-7 p.m.
Where:  Emmaus House (1521 Center Street, Des Moines).
More:  A suggested freewill offering of $10  - $15 per person is welcomed at the service. Please email to RSVP.

Sat., Dec. 21
Des Moines
Winter Solstice Taizè Worship
What:  Please join us for “Within Our Darkest Night,” a beautiful, candlelight worship experience embracing the presence of the Holy One on the darkest night of the year. We will worship with the songs and prayers of Taizè. A free-will offering will be taken to support Contemplative Outreach’s newly established scholarship fund.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Immanuel United Methodist Church (2900 49thStreet, Des Moines).
More:  For more information, contact Paul Witmer at

Sun., Dec. 22
Des Moines
Advent Organ Concert
What:  Trinity Las Americas UMC will present an Organ Concert, featuring Dr. Miriam Zach, on Sunday, December 22
When:   3:00 PM
Where:  Trinity Las Americas UMC
More:  Dr. Zach is on the Music Department faculty at Iowa State University, having previously taught at the University of Florida and at the Universitat Bielefeld in Germany.  The Program will include some sing-along carols as well as beautiful organ selections. Trinity Las Americas is located at 1548 8th Street, Des Moines.  Tickets are not required, but a free-will offering will be taken.

Sat., Dec. 28
Des Moines
3rd annual Feast of the Holy Innocents Witness and Direct Action
What: The Des Moines Catholic Worker &  the Des Moines Veterans For Peace are hosting our 3rd  annual Feast of the Holy Innocent Witness at the DM Drone Command Center Saturday Dec 28th at 3 p.m. Car caravan from DMCW at 2:30 p.m.
When: 3 p.m.
Where: Entrance of IA National Guard Drone Command Center, 3100 McKinley Ave , DM
More:  (Some Biblical background) - 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.”
Contact:  For more info and up dates contact:
DMCW -- Frank Cordaro  515 490 2490
DMCW & DM VFP-- Gilbert Landolt 515 333 2180

Sat., Dec. 28
Omaha, NE
Holy Innocents Observance
What:  Celebrate the whole of the Christmas Season by joining the Midwest Catholic Workers for their Annual Peace/Nonviolence presence at Stratcom/Offutt AFB, calling attention to the danger of nuclear weapons, and the role of this specific military base.  
When:  The Observance begins on Saturday, December 28th, at 8:30 AM,
Where:  with Mass at LSJ St. John’s Church/Creighton University.  
More:  Parking is on 24th Street and California, East side.  From 10:00 – 11:00 AM participants will be present at Kinney Gate, on South Crook Road (HWY 75), Bellevue, ½ mile south of Highway 370 on the East Side of the highway. 
Contact:  For more information, please contact Jerry Ebner, OSF, at 402-769-8452, or at    


1.) Here is the link to the Des Moines Register candidate tracker for Presidential candidates in Iowa  

2.) We're fighting for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented farmworkers. Please join us by signing our petition!

The Department of Agriculture estimates that about half of the nation's farmworkers are undocumented. So when it comes to our food system in the United States, we have a choice. We can choose to legalize our current agricultural workforce or we can choose to exploit it.

3.) The petition to Congress reads:
"Amazon is mining and exploiting data from our personal and public lives through widespread, unregulated surveillance technology. Congress must investigate Amazon and stop it from expanding its surveillance empire now."

4.) The values in our Constitution are clear: everyone deserves to be represented in our government. But some power-hungry politicians want to deny us that right -- and draw legislative districts that don’t count everybody who lives there.

Sign the petition today and demand that EVERYONE is represented fairly during the redistricting process>>

5.)   Now, leaders in the House and Senate have introduced the Millionaires Surtax, which places an additional 10% tax on the incomes of the richest 0.2%. If you’re an individual making more than $1 million per year, or a family making more than $2 million, you’re gonna start paying a little more in taxes.

The rest of us―the other 99.8%―won’t pay a dime more.

Already, 68,916 people have become grassroots co-signers of this new bill. Help us reach 100,000 co-signers and tell Congress that it’s time for the rich to pay their fair share. Sign the petition >>>

6.)  Since September, the Indigenous-led Protectors of the Salish Sea have been at the Washington State Capitol, pushing State Gov. Jay Inslee to declare Climate Emergency.

As Washington State’s glaciers go extinct, salmon and orcas are threatened. So are the cultures of Coast Salish peoples. Act now to tellGov. Inslee to declare Climate Emergency.

7.)  Petition to the Senate:
"Support the Raise the Wage Act of 2019, which would give more than one in four Americans a raise."  (for a $15 minimum wage)

8.)  U.S. sanctions are playing a major role in Iran being able to shut down Internet access. Until the U.S. pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, Iran’s Internet was hosted by a combination of domestic and international providers. But after the U.S. reimposed sanctions, only domestic providers were available, giving the Iranian government the ability to shut off the Internet inside the country — a violation of the right to freedom of expression.

9.  Support Needed
The Iowa Sanctuary Movement (MFSA is a member) is helping to sponsor several asylum-seekers in the Des Moines Area, as well as to help DACA recipients and other immigrants impacted by ICE.  Financial support is needed for all of those projects.

-Donations for asylum- seekers and DACA recipients can be made through First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave., Des Moines, 50315.  (Indicate the project you are supporting on the memo line.). 

-For families affected by Mt.  Pleasant ICE raid, contact First Presbyterian Church, 902 S. Walnut St., Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641. 

-For families in Des Moines separated by ICE, contact Walnut Hills UMC, 12321 Hickman Rd., Urbandale, IA 50323-1810. 

 -For bail, funds contact Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project, PO Box 3174, Iowa City, IA 52244-3174.

6.) 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

7.) 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

8.) 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!

9.) 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.

10.) 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!


Mon.., Jan 13
Across the country
“War Abolition 101” 6 week online course
What:  If someone stops you on the street and asks "How do we abolish war?" it's not always easy to come up with a quick answer. That's why we developed War Abolition 101, to help you make the best case for shifting from war to peace.
The 6-week online course, starting January 13, will give you the talking points to address tough questions about how we move towards a world BEYOND war. Leading experts and changemakers from around the world will guide you through weekly topics. We'll explore the strategies needed to demilitarize, manage conflict nonviolently, and cultivate a culture of peace.
More:  Learn more and register now.  There is a $100 fee for the class.

Sat., Jan. 18
Des Moines
2020 Rise Up – Save this date for the next Women’s Day March!

Thurs., Jan. 23
Des Moines
Stop Factory Farms Lobby Day!
What:  The factory farm moratorium is gaining steam in Iowa! Let's keep building momentum into 2020! Join IARA coalition members for a powerful day of lobbying and a rally at the Iowa State Capital on Thursday, January 23, 2020.
We're hard at work putting together a day that will bring people together from across the state to lobby for the factory farm moratorium bills and to stand strong for for clean water, clean air, and a good quality of life for ALL Iowans!
When:  Thursday morning- more info TBA
Where:  Iowa State Capitol
More:  We will have more to share soon, but for now, SAVE THE DATE and plan to join IARA coalition members at the Iowa State Capitol on Thursday morning, January 23!
Have you already decided to attend? RSVP now!

Mon., Feb. 17
Cambridge, IA
Book Reading & 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.
When: From 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Where: Cambridge Memorial Library, 225 Water St.
More: Click here for details. Contact Jay Robinson at
Sponsor: Cambridge Memorial Library  

Sat., March 7
Ankeny, IA
Center for Social Ministry's Trivia Night
What:  The annual Trivia Night is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, 2020.
When:  5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where:  Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Ankeny, Iowa.
More:  Competitors may now register for this event, either as individuals wishing to join one of our open registration “Community” tables, or as part of a team that has pre-arranged a “Group” table. Each team, or table, will consist of up to eight individual participants. The individual registration fee is $25, and includes a meal, beverages, and ten rounds of competition featuring trivia questions from the esoteric to the sublime!
 To register for a spot, or spots, at one of our open Community tables, visit us at, and select “Trivia Contest.”
 To pre-arrange your “Group” table, contact our Office Manager at

June 2020
Washington DC
Churches for Middle East Peace Advocacy Summit
What:  We are excited to announce that registration for our June 2020 Advocacy Summit is now open! This year's theme is Equal in God's Eyes: Human Rights and Dignity for All in Israel and Palestine. Speakers will explore topics like Palestinian dignity, inalienable rights, and the future of the peace process. On Tuesday, you’ll have the chance to meet with your Congressperson’s office as we advocate for legislation around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Come be part of our Advocacy Summit and be an advocate for equality for all people in God’s eyes!
“And the second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31
More:  Standard Ticket $275 until February 1, 2020 (other price tiers available based on ability to pay)  More info and register HERE.

Thurs., Aug. 6- Sun., Aug. 9
Albuquerque, NM
Campaign Nonviolence National Conference
More:  (More details TBA) Featuring Martin Sheen, Dolores Huerta, Richard Rohr, John Dear, Erica Chenoweth, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., Roshi Joan Halifax, Ira Helfand, Frida Berrigan And Others. Hosted by Pace e Bene’s Kit Evans-Ford and George Martin.

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.


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 (2nd & 4th of ea/ mo.)
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

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