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Iowans Share Common Ground on 9-11 Anniversary

Iowans marked the tenth anniversary of 9-11 at an event cosponored by AFSC and organized by the Interfaith Alliance at Drake University. Speakers included representatives from a number of faith traditions, Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie, and Drake University President David Maxwell. Thanks to videographer Rodger Routh for this piece.

Iowans Explore Ancient Wisdom and Peacemaking

By Jon Krieg, AFSC Senior Administrative Associate

Trust instead of fear. Generosity in lieu of greed. Compassion and community rather than vengeance and isolation. According to Des Moines author and healer Geral Blanchard, these are some of the timeless values which many indigenous and traditional cultures use to live peacefully and happily.

Democracy Movements in the Middle East

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 7:00pm

Phyllis Bennis is a fellow at boththe Transnational Institute and the Institute for Policy Studies inWashington DC, where she directs the New Internationalism Project.Bennis worked as a journalist at the UN for ten years and currently serves as a special adviser to several top-level UN officials on Middle East issues. World Affairs Series. She is also the author of Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer; coauthor of Ending the U.S.

Lydia Kirior on social work and social change

Originally from Kenya, Lydia Kirior served her MSW practicum internship this summer with AFSC Iowa. Lydia has a bachelor's degree in social and religiuos studies and hopes to "educate myself and go back home to work for social change and fight for justice in my community."

During her time at AFSC, Lydia helped organize this public forum on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

Ice cream social brings Iowans together

By Jon Krieg, AFSC Senior Administrative Associate

A cool building, tasty ice cream and good work brought 75 Iowans together on August 24th for the second annual Friends House Ice Cream Social in Des Moines. This year's gathering featured this video about the work of the tenants of the building as well as tours of Friends House, home to AFSC's Central Regional office since 1953.

Faith in a Changing Climate

Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 10:00am

Iowa Interfaith Power & Light Presents

"Faith in a Changing Climate"

Time: 10 AM until 3:30 PM (Registration begins at 9:15 AM)

Registration Cost: $35

Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch,

and an Environmental Toolkit for each participant

Plus! The first 100 registrants will receive a copy of Sally Bingham’s book

Love God, Heal Earth

Featured topics and speakers:

Robert Reich to Speak at Drake

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 7:00pm

Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Noted author, economist and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich will address the topic, "The Next Economy and America's Future" at this Des Moines talk. Reich currently teaches at Cal-Berkeley. Free and open to the public. A book-signing will follow the talk.

Des Moines Catholic Worker 35th Anniversary

Friday, September 30, 2011 - 2:25pm - Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 4:00pm

The Des Moines Catholic Worker community is celebrating its 35th anniversary Sept 30 & Oct 1. All are invited and welcome to join us at any and all of the following event:

Friday Sept 30

What: "The CW Movement and its Relevance Today" talk by  Martha Hennessy - Granddaughther of Dorothy Day

Time: 7:30 p.m. Reception to follow in basement of church.

Place: Trinity United Methodist Church,1548 8th Street Des Moines, IA.

(3 blocks south of the DMCW - site of our Sat. a.m. Free Food Store.)

Interfaith Service for 10th Anniversary of September 11

Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 3:00pm

All are welcome to attend a greater Des Moines Interfaith Service commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the September 11.

The theme of the service is “Common Ground” and will highlight a contribution from each faith community.  

The collaborative partners include the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, Des Moines Area Religious Council, the Des Moines Ecumenical Peace Committee and the American Friends Service Committee as well as faith leaders from Islamic, Christian, Jewish, Unitarian Universalist, Sikh, Buddhist, and other faith communities.

Ancient Wisdom and Peacemaking

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.

This flyer describes a Sept. 21, 2011 forum featuring Geral Blanchard on Ancient Wisdom and Peacemaking.

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