The Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) stands deeply opposed to the Traditional Plan as adopted at Special Conference 2019. We are thankful for the election of persons to the 2020 General Conference demonstrating gifts and graces to stand and deliver justice, confront evil and live out the authentic compassion of Jesus and love of God in difficult, even hateful situations.
July Events Update (see memo link at left for more)
Meet Equal Exchange! - Friday, July 19, First Unitarian Church
What does it take to build an independent and democratic food system? In the wider food system corporations control everything from seeds to supply and prices. For 32 years Equal Exchange has been working to build alternative models that challenge the status quo. Join worker-owners from 6-8 PM at First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave., DM. Light dinner, conversation, information, and samples of the newest fairly traded chocolates and coffees. RSVP to Emily: firstname.lastname@example.org, or 508-427-5203.
Honor Chuck Day and STAR✦PAC with Sen. Tom Harkin (retired) August 3, Des Moines Social Club
Chuck Day founded the Stop the Arms Race Political Action Committee in order to inject discussion of peace-making in the 1980 Presidential campaign. Chuck has been the steadfast driver for our organization for nearly 40 years. We are delighted that Senator Tom Harkin (retired) has agreed to join us to speak about current day foreign policy and military engagement issues. And we hope to learn from him how best to influence Iowans to take up the cause of peace when deciding who to support for federal office.
In addition, we intend to raise significant dollars so that we can better carry out our mission in the 2020 election year. We need your support, and need to hear from you by July 27. Tickets are $50.00. To reserve a place, please contact Tom Leffler email@example.com Don't miss it!
Commemoration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, August 9
“Choosing a Future of Peace” with Dr. Maureen McCue from Physicians for Social Responsibility will speak on August 9 at 7 pm at the Japanese Bell south of the State Capitol. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and flowers for laying at the bell. In case of rain, we will meet at Wesley United Methodist Church, 800 E. 12th St., Des Moines.
Four Days in August - Tuesday, 8/6-Friday, 8/9
The Des Moines Catholic Worker and Veterans for Peace will hold a vigil in front of St. Ambrose Cathedral, 8th & High Street, beginning at 8:00 AM Tuesday, August 6 and ending Friday, August 9 at 8:00 AM. It will be followed by a Rally and Direct Action at the Drone Command Center, 3100 McKinley Ave., at 11:00 AM on August 9. You are invited to join the vigil for any length of time and to be part of the Rally to protest the military use of drones.