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You’re Invited! United Nations International Day of Peace

Sisters of Charity, BVM is among the 38 sponsors of the Dubuque Festival, celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace. The 2023 theme is: Making Peace in Our Polarized Society.

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Sept. 1229, Ichimansenbazuru (Twelve Thousand Paper Cranes) by Ora Uzel on display in the Loras College Alumni Campus Center.

Sept. 1516, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Park(ing) Days turns parking spaces into temporary miniature parks. Visit:

Sunday, Sept. 17, 14 p.m., This is How we BBQ in DBQ, Co-Sponsored with Clarke University & Dubuque Branch NAACP. This community Barbeque is an event where residents can bond and engage with different cultures through free food. Community organizations and not-for-profit  groups can have free tables to hand out information. For more information, visit the Dubuque NAACP or Dubuque Day of Peace Facebook pages.

Sept. 19, 7–8 p.m., Prayerful Walk for Peace, Shalom Spirituality Center Chapel, Facilitator Ginny Heldorfer, OSF, Freewill offering; RSVP by September 18 at

Sept. 21, 7–8:30  p.m., Peter T. Coleman presents “The Way Out: How to Overcome Toxic Polarization” at the Alumni Campus Center, Loras College, Loras Boulevard. Dr. Coleman is a professor of psychology and education at Columbia University and a renowned expert on  constructive conflict resolution, intractable conflict, and sustaining peace. He has authored or edited 12 books, and over 100 scientific articles. Coleman’s work has been featured in The New  York Times, The Guardian, Nature, Scientific American, PBS Newshour, Time, and Harvard  Business Review. His most recent book, The Way Out: How to Overcome Toxic Polarization (2021) was released by Columbia University Press (NYC). He spent his formative years growing up in Dubuque and graduated from Senior High School.

Sept. 23, 12:30–2 p.m., Let’s Walk Together! A Community Conversation Challenge, Co-sponsored with Inclusive Dubuque and Children of Abraham. Participants from a variety of backgrounds will gather outside the National Mississippi River Museum (the end closest to the river.) Facilitator Peter T. Coleman will offer a brief description of why we are doing this, and then pairs of people will start off and walk in any direction they choose with the instructions to return to the same  place at a specific time. After 45 minutes, the group will reconvene at the starting point and  discuss their experience. Try It. This will be fun and interesting.

Sept. 23, 2:00–3:30 p.m., Sacred Land-Wild Church: Fall Equinox, Sinsinawa Mound, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, Wis. Meet inside the main entrance and proceed outdoors.

Sept. 23, 7:00–9:00 p.m., Historic District Coffee House, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Dubuque, 1199 Main Street, open mic songs and poems relevant to the theme of peace.

Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m., Ecumenical Peace Vespers, Divine Word College, 102 Jacoby Drive, Epworth. This event will be in-person and accessible online at

Sept. 26, 6:30–8 p.m., Healing Haunted Histories, Zoom, $15/person. Registration ends on Sept. 25 at

Sept. 26, 6:30–8:10 p.m., Suicide Prevention Awareness Event, Hosted by Dubuque Area Congregations United, Hillcrest Hadley Chapel, 2005 Asbury Rd. Event will include displays & Community Speakers on Suicide Awareness.

Sept. 27, 7–8:30 p.m., The Sultan and The Saint (movie), Shalom Spirituality Center, outside the building (weather permitting).

Oct. 1, 3:30–5:30 p.m., The Dubuque People’s Housing Forum, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. The forum is organized by Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.

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