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Speak Up Series

MedQUARTER End-of-Life Planning Events

First Lutheran Church 1000 3rd Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Each event will be held from 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Oct. 5 Facing Life

Dr. BJ Miller is a renowned speaker and advocate for maximizing quality of life and minimizing unnecessary suffering.

November 2 - Medical and Legal Decisions

Understand what happens if end-of-life decisions must be made and you do not have advanced directives. Cedar Rapids physician Dr. William Galbraith and attorney and award-winning author Jo Kline Cebuhar will share how the law works to ensure your wishes our followed.

December 7 - Spiritual Perspectives

Ask questions and participate in conversations about how personal values affect end-of-life planning. A panel of Christian, Humanist, Jewish and Muslim leaders will lead discussion.

Free admission and open to all!

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Check out these interfaith programs and events sponsored by a variety of congregations and organizations in the Cedar Rapids area.


Abdelkader vs. ISIS: Exploring the True Meaning of Jihad

September 16, 9:00AM to 4:00PM
Mt. Mercy University CRST Graduate Center
1650 Matterhorn Drive NE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa USA

On September 16, experts representing a
broad array of fields ranging from national security to Islamic leadership will gather in
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to debate the true meaning of Jihad and how it may be an answer to

For more information and to register, visit

To view event flyer click here

To view press releaseclick here



Any changes will be noted below.

9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

New Location

Kenwood Park United Methodist Church

- 175 34th Street NE, Cedar Rapids-

Meeting room:  Ely Room

Current Book:

A Religion of One's Own 

by Thomas Moore

You can join the discussion at any time.  

If you have any questions about this group, 

please contact Carolyn at the email or phone # below.

​​Questions:  Nancy Kotalik 

This interfaith group enjoys spirited discussion,

as it explores the evolution of contemporary beliefs

and implications for personal faith and spiritual life.

The group looks into the cultural and political Influences in the development of Christianity.​

Lineup for 2017-2018 Season

October 06 - Casey Guet 

Opioid Crisis: There's No Place Like Home For Drug Addiction

November 03 - Christoffer Lammer-Heindel | Loras College

Third Party Prospects and Alternatives a Democratic SOcialist Perspective

December 01 - Mark Stringer | ACLU of Iowa

Our Libraries We Prize: Challenges to Our Freedoms

January 05 - speaker to be announced

Public Education Forum

February 02 - Dr. Jenny McBride | McCormick Theological Seminary

Theology as Advocacy on Death Row: The Story of Kelly Gissendaner

March 02 - Rep. Liz Bennett (confirmed) and Rep. Ashley Hinson (invited)

Examining The 2018 Legislative Session

April 06 - Caleb Gates (Invited) | Catholic Charities of Dubuque

The Refugee Crisis in Iowa

May 04 - Lynda Waddington | Journalist

Fighting For Access: Women's Reproductive Healthcare in Iowa

June 01 - Dr. Hector Avalos | Iowa State University

Living and Dying as an Athiest

Dialogue & Luncheon (11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

Cost: $10 per person (payable at the door) includes lunch

Reservations are required: please e-mail:   

or call 319-364-6148.

               Sponsored by the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa