150 in Des Moines say no to U.S. military action in Syria

For the third time in one week, Iowans came together in Des Moines on September 5 to send a clear message to President Obama and the Iowa Congressional delegation: No U.S. Military Action in Syria.

Vigil for peace in Syria

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 8:00pm


Peace Garden at Cowles Commons (formerly Nollen Plaza)

Join local peace groups in telling President Obama:

Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace: Making a Compassionate Commitment

Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 7:00pm

Join us for a prayer service featuring Beth Katz, Founder and Executive Director of the Interfaith Project in Omaha, NE.  Beth will focus her reflection on celebrating the diversity of faiths present in our community and the centrality of peace and compassion within each faith tradition.  Refreshments and small group conversation will be part of this service, organized by the Des Moines Ecumenical Committee for Peace.

Moral Injury From Sexual Abuse and War: Soul Wounds and Soul Repair

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 8:30am

Geral Blanchard

Geral Blanchard, left, visits with friends in Africa.

Geral Blanchard, left, visits with friends in Africa as they teach him about peacemaking and healing.

The soul wounds and moral injury resulting from such experiences (war and sexual abuse) not only haunt survivors and veterans for years, but also produce devastating ripple effects within family relationships and communities. The concepts of “moral injury” and “community responsibility” are common threads we will use to weave together these two topics so critical to the health and welfare of our country.

Iowans say no to war with Syria

Bombing is more likely to escalate violence,
US Government should spend the money at home  

DES MOINES - (CPM news services, 8-28-13) A handful of Iowans, including several AFSC staff and supporters, heeded a call by Catholic Peace Ministry Wednesday afternoon to vigil at the corner of 42nd and Grand Avenue to send a message in opposition to U.S. military engagement in Syria.

Francis Moore Lappe to speak at Des Moines WILPF event

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

Jane Bibber Memorial Symposium & Strong, Feisty Woman Award Luncheon

The making of a star

In this two-minute video reflection, AFSC's Midwest Region offers its thanks to AFSC supporters everywhere.

Origami by Patti McKee. Text below.

The Making of a Star
Symbol of the American Friends Service Committee

When young Quakers drove ambulances during World War I in France, they didn’t see themselves as heroes.

Walkers demand an end to drone attacks

DES MOINES -- (CPM News Services)  ---- About 15 people, including Aaron Jorgensen-Briggs of Des Moines, walked along 200 miles of road for the past two weeks to ask the U.S. military not to place a Drone Command center at the Air National Guard in Des Moines. (For Des Moines Register coverage of the walk, click here.)

Never again! In commemoration of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 7:30pm

Grace Amemiya at Hiroshima commemoration 8-6-12

Grace Amemiya at Hiroshima commemoration 8-6-12

Grace Amemiya, who spent time in a Japanese Internment camp during World War II, speaks in Des Moines about her experiences at the 2012 commemoration of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki bombings. For more photos from the rally, click here.

Parking is in the parking lot of the Iowa Judicial Building on the south side of Court Ave. The bell is west of that building. Please bring lawn chairs and flowers for laying at the bell. Rain site is Wesley UMC, 800 E. 12th.

Toward a just foreign policy

What would a just foreign policy look like? In this keynote address to Nebraskans for Peace, Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Program Coordinator, explains why human rights at home and around the world must be our base.

Who we are

AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

Where we work

AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.

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