Day of Peace Events Planned in Dubuque


On September 21 join the Dubuque Franciscans, associates, and friends to pray for peace on the United Nations’ International Day of Peace.  Dubuque’s Festival to Celebrate the Day of Peace includes a number of events that span two weeks.

On Thursday, September 21, at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Campus Center Ballroom at Loras College, in Dubuque, Jim Bear Jacobs will deliver his keynote speech titled, “Who is an American?”  He will explore current and historical views of what it is to be an American, an immigrant and/or a refugee, the ways that race enters into the discussion, and the need to take into account indigenous perspectives on these issues.  The event, which is sponsored by the Dubuque Franciscan Sisters, is free and open to the public.

Jim Bear Jacobs is a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation, an American Indian tribe located in central Wisconsin.  He has degrees in pastoral studies and Christian Theology and has served various churches as youth minister, adult Christian educator, and director of men’s ministries.  He currently serves as an associate pastor of Church of All Nations and is a cultural facilitator in the Twin Cities and works to raise the public’s awareness of American Indian causes and injustices.  Jim Bear Jacobs is a convener of “Healing Minnesota Stories,” a committee dedicated to creating events of dialogue and education particularly within faith communities.

The other main events during the festival are:

Hike to Help Refugees, Saturday, September 24, 12-2 p.m.  The walk begins outside Christ the King Chapel at Loras College, travels to the University of Dubuque (outside Blades Chapel) and ends at Clarke University (outside the Atrium).  Co-sponsored with Iowa United Nations Association (IUNA).  All proceeds raised go to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which helps provide refugees with life sustaining tools.  Suggested Donation: $20 adults; $10 students.  Register and/or donate online at

This How We BBQ in DBQ , Saturday, September 24, 2-6 p.m., Kehl Center, Clarke University.  Co-sponsored with Clarke University, Dubuque Branch NAACP, Dubuque Community Foundation, the Dubuque Human Rights Commission, the Dubuque Police Department and Auxiliary Police and The Jule.  This community bbq is an event where residents can bond and engage with different cultures through free food catered from a variety of local vendors.  A live DJ will play family-friendly music and there will be games for children.  More information can be found at or

The public is also invited to related Festival events, which are free unless a price is noted:

September 10-16, “I’m A Dubuquer” photographic display, Alumni Campus Center, Loras College:  It is time to expand our imagination about what it means to be a Dubuquer. Instead of using this word to draw a line, let’s expand the circle and open our hearts to all who call Dubuque home.

September 17, 2-4 p.m., “Vang” by Mary Swanders, a former Iowa Poet Laureate, Shalom Spirituality Center, 1001 Davis St.  The one-hour play is about the experiences of recent immigrant farmers, and will be followed by an audience discussion with the playwright.

September 17-24, Peace of My Mind: American Stories Art Exhibit by John Noltner featuring 58 individual portraits exploring the meaning of peace.  Alumni Campus Center, Loras College.  The author will be present for a keynote presentation on a date TBD.

September 18, 6-7:30 p.m, How Does One Become a Naturalized Citizen?  Presentation Lantern Center, Suite LL5-1, 900 Jackson Street.  Get to know how an immigrant becomes a citizen, hear from a panel of naturalized citizens, tutor volunteer, and Lantern staff about the citizenship process.

September 19, 3:30-5 p.m., Jesus Nebot, a renowned filmmaker, social entrepreneur and transformational speaker and trainer, will give a talk entitled “Illegal Immigration: Challenges and Solutions.” Charles and Ramona Myers Center 146, University of Dubuque, University Avenue.

September 19, 7-9 p.m., “No Turning Back,” a film by Jesus Nabot, Charles and Ramona Myers Center 146, University of Dubuque, University Avenue.

September 22, 7-9 p.m., 100 Thousand Poets for Change, The Smokestack, 62 E 7th Street. Local poets and musicians scheduled for about 10 minutes each.

September 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Integrating Yoga and Native American Spirituality, Shalom Spirituality Center, 1001 Davis Street. Facilitator: Nancy Thompson, Yoga Instructor & Student of Native American Spirituality; Offering: $30, includes lunch; Register and prepay by Sept. 20 by calling 563-582-3592

September 23 7-9:30 p.m., Historic District Coffee House, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Dubuque (UUFD), 1699 Iowa Street. The Historic District Coffeehouse (HDC) is an event like no other for people who either love to play music or love to listen to music in a welcoming, peaceful environment with no cover-charge!

September 24, 1-2:30 p.m., Dr. James Martin-Schramm on “Joyful Stewardship,” Sisters of the Presentation, Carter Road, Dubuque.  Schramm, former board chair of Iowa Interfaith Power and Light is a Luther college religion professor and author responsible for helping the college drastically cut their emissions.

September 25, 6-9 p.m., Immigration Simulation,University of Dubuque.  The simulation is a hands-on activity for participants to explore the roots of migration and the challenges faced by immigrants.

September 24, 2-4 p.m., Coalition for Nonviolence: “Concert Across America,” Blades Hall, University of Dubuque.  Supporters of effective gun control across the nation will hold “Concerts Across America” in city after city on Sunday, September 24.  Last year over 350 cities held concerts with over 5,000 participants.  Our local event will include three singing groups and two speakers.

September 26, 6:30-9 p.m., “A Portrait of Wendell Berry,” a film produced by Laura Dunn, Robert Redford and Terance Malick.  Sinsinawa Mound Center, 585 Sinsinawa Road, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin.

September 27, 7-9 p.m., Decolonizing Together: A Discussion led by Eric Anglada, Coordinator of Ecological Programming at Sinsinawa Mound and St. Isidore Catholic Worker Farm, 2752 Clay Hollow Road, Cuba City, Wisconsin. This event is intended for those of us seeking to understand and grapple with the legacy of the colonization of this continent and to explore how we can join in the struggle for justice and decolonization. Call  (608) 568-3630 for more information.

September 28 30, 7-9 p.m., Dubuque One Acts, Mindframe Theaters, John F Kennedy Road. Three live one-act play performances each night, including “Grind City,” in which cultures and values clash as a mosque attempts to relocate into an upscale Hoboken neighborhood.

October 1, 7 p.m., Interdenominational Vespers Service, Divine Word College, 102 Jacoby Drive W, Epworth, Iowa.