Current PJC Happenings


Sat., April 22, 10:00 am, Mary Christopher Park, NE IA March for Science: Join marchers and other science minded individuals for a few songs and chants, and a march down Water Street to the Oneota Community Coop, then turn and head up to the Winneshiek County Courthouse Steps. At the courthouse, we’ll have more songs, several speakers, and entertainment until 11:30 or Noon! Bring all your friends, family, neighbors — CELEBRATE OUR EARTH TOGETHER! KEYNOTE SPEAKER: PAUL JOHNSON! (You can stop for the Decorah Lion’s Club “Pancakes for the Parks” pancake breakfast from 8am-10am before the March at the John Cline Elementary School! Proceeds from the pancakes will be used to purchase and plant TREES IN DECORAH PARKS! Then from 5-7pm you can enjoy food and live entertainment at the Oneota Community Food Coop! It’s celebrating EARTH DAY IN DECORAH ALL DAY LONG!
Sat., April 22, 5-7pm, Water Street Park, Earth Day Celebration: Join us in Water Street Park in downtown Decorah and savor the flavor of a fresh-grilled, local, Thousand Hills 100% grass-fed burger or hot dog – plus tasty brats and veggie burgers, all the while listening to the live music of Absolute Hoot! Plus, ice cream from WW Homestead Dairy! Come out, grab a bite, take in some music and enjoy the company of friends and neighbors. Rain Location: Community Building at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds, Montgomery Street, Decorah.
Monday, April 24, 5:30-6:30, NEIPJC: Last installation of the new study group, BRACE FOR IMPACT: Strategies for Resilience in Stressful TimesWay of the SAGE: 4 Paths to Manage Stress and Build Resilience by local author, Mary Jorgensen provides the focus for each session to examine the four elements of resilience: Spirituality, Authenticity, Gratitude, and Enjoyment. Interpretations of the elements will lead to practices that sustain each individual, with benefits reaching to the wider community.
Though attendance at all three classes is recommended, it is not required. The class is free, with a minimum $5 donation to Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center, located at 119 Winnebago in Decorah, Iowa. Mary’s book can be purchased at Dragonfly Books, 112 W. Water St. in Decorah. Books will also be available for purchase at each class. Please contact Mary Jorgensen with questions and to ensure enrollment:; 563-382-4558,
Thurs., April 27, 9:00 am, NEIPJC: PIES: Steve McCargar: “The Next Industrial Revolution”
Thurs., April 27, 7:00 pm, NEIPJC: End of Life Option Act: (SF 215/ HF 299) Please Join Us: Program Reception & In-Depth Discussion. Your right to choose your end-of-life option depends on this bill. Meg Bolich, retired teacher, and Alice Martin, retired hospice chaplain from the Quad Cities, will explain this Act and answer questions.
Fri., April 28, 9:00 am, NEIPJC: End of Life Option Act, 9 am session will feature a light breakfast reception for further discussion and socialization.

Let’s Talk: P.I.E.S. (Peace, Immigration, Environment, Social Justice)

Some folks are cake people, but here at the PJC we like pie. Specifically P.I.E.S. Peace, Immigration, Environment, and Social Justice. These are the topics that we cover on a revolving schedule on Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m.

Past discussions have included panel discussions on public schools vs. charter schools with Decorah Superintendent Mike Haluska, what happens when you are arrested with Sheriff Dan Marx and Deputy Torgrim, immigration primer with Louise Hagen, permaculture, Laura Myoko Demuth with her inspiring dharma talk: “Toolbox for Living in REconiliation & Harmony”, Sanctuary Cities, and Voter ID laws with our County Auditor!

Upcoming P.I.E.S. Conversations will include:
April 27: Steve McCargar: “The Next Industrial Revolution”: How can important issues be addressed in a way that accomplishes a public good? How can our economy flourish without destroying the natural environment which sustains us all? The film “The Next Industrial Revolution” will be shown with a discussion to follow. Come listen & engage in an important conversation about the future of our economy & the health of the planet.

May 4: Amber Gustafson: Moms Demand Action Iowa: Join us to learn about one of the fastest growing progressive grassroots organizations in the US! We are centered on responsible gun ownership and better gun laws for safety in our communities and homes.

Gun Sense Conversations, NEIPJC. All welcome.  Based upon information put out by Moms Demand Action Iowa and focusing on what it means to be a “Gun Sense Voter” this group meets at the PJC monthly and discusses current issues surrounding gun violence, laws, and legislation.  Meetings feature a topic or speaker. Led by Joann Hagen.

Ongoing Monthly Meetings, NEIPJC:

    • Codependents Anonymous (CoDA): Every Sunday, 6:00pm
    • Immigration Working Group: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month at 4.
    • NEIPJC Board Meetings: 3rd Tuesday at 5:30pm
    • Circle of Support: Thursdays, 6:30pm, St. Ben’s Conference Rm (307W. Main, Decorah)
    • AA: Every Sat.,11:30am-12:30pm; New Meeting: Sundays 4-5pm