Iowa Justice Action Network Lobby Day

The 2019 Iowa Justice Action Network Lobby Day is rescheduled to February 28.   Meetings with legislators will focus on criminal justice, including disproportionality, sentencing, voting rights, mental health diversion programs, and support for returning citizens.  The Lobby Day Starts at 11:00 am in Room 116 of the State Capitol.  The luncheon speaker will be Mark Stringer, Executive Director of the Iowa ACLU.  
Lunch will be provided by “In the Bag” at a cost of $14.  Send a check to IJAN at 2709 Edgewood Dr. Cedar Falls, IA or go to The CVUU website and pay via credit card through PayPal.  Please have payments in by February 1. The lunch fee can be waived for those with a limited income upon request.  Contact Al Hays to register (

Christopher D. Sims, spoken word artist

Presentation: On Being Black in
a liberal faith movement

Peoples Church in Cedar Rapids and IUUWAN are sponsoring a presentation, BEING BLACK IN A LIBERAL FAITH MOVEMENT, on Saturday, February 23 from 1 to 4 pm at 4980 Gordon Ave NW in Cedar Rapids. Christopher D. Sims, a black man, will speak about being a UU for 17 years in mainly white spaces. He has been active in anti-racism and social justice work in many areas of the UUA and in the community. Christopher says that poetry has been his ministry. He will share his original written poems such as, I was in Charlottesville and Stop A Bullet With A Poem through the medium of spoken word poetry. All are welcome! Light refreshments will be served. RSVP at or 319-362-9827.

UU Legislative Action Workgroup, UULAW

Let’s give our fellow Iowa UUs some love!

Join Iowa UU Witness Advocacy Network to learn how to help create more justice here in Iowa with our fellow UUs.  Barbara Klubal leads the UU Legislative Action Workgroup from First Unitarian Church of Des Moines. 

We have two goals for meeting up online.  First, let’s get to know each other.  There are lots of fantastic UUs between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers.  The more immediate goal is learning how we can impact upcoming legislation. 

We have our work cut out for us—bills have been introduced to abandon Iowa’s judicial selection process to allow our politicians to stack the court with like minded people. 

Another bill is the religious freedom (to be a bigot).  This comes out of the Colorado gay wedding cake decision by the Supreme Court.  Naturally, we also have abortion and guns on the docket, too.

Join us Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 7 PM

On line: By phone: 1-646-558-8656  Unsure of how Zoom works?  Click here.

White Privilege Conference

A White Privilege Conference will be held in Cedar Rapids March 20-23, 2019. In it’s 20th year the White Privilege Conference has become a venue for fostering difficult dialogues around white supremacy, white privilege, diversity, and multicultural education and leadership, social and economic justice, and the intersecting systems of privilege and oppression. The WPC provides an opportunity for participants to discuss how white privilege, white supremacy, and oppression affects daily like while gaining strategies for advancing social and economic justice. For more information go to, www.whiteprivilegeconfer

Music Workshop

Saul Nache, the Music Director for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities, Invites all UUs to a CHORAL CLINIC Saturday, March 23, (time TBA), presented by Jason Shelton.  On Sunday, you are also invited to a SERVICE, and PERFORMANCE of a piece by Jason called Suite Progress.  Jason is a UU known for his work in SINGING THE JOURNEY, including “Answering the Call of Love”, “Fire of Commitment”, and “Morning Has Come”.  Contact the UU church of Quad Cities if interested (

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