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Shalom Spirituality Center Programs



TO REGISTER, call Shalom at: (563)-582-3592
OR Click HERE to register for programs via our online form.


You may also visit the Center between 8AM and 4:30PM, Mondays through Fridays, to register & pay in-person.


Then, mail your deposit* (the amount is listed in each program description) to:

Shalom Spirituality Center
1001 Davis Street
Dubuque, IA 52001

*This will secure your reservation and be credited to the offering for the program.


You may also call us to pay over the phone with a credit/debit card or pay in-person at the Center with your card.




NOTE: Please include your email address at the time of your registration or with your mailed deposit. You will receive a confirmation email of received payment within two days.

If you do not hear a confirmation from us, please send an email to:


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TaizÉ Prayer


Monthly Musicians: Jim Brimeyer, Carol Hemesath OSF, and Marie Therese Kalb OSF.
Guest Musicians TBA.



1st Thursday Of Every Month,
7:00 — 8:00 PM:

No August Meeting!
September 7

October 5

November 2

No December Meeting!

The characteristic trait of Taizé worship is the use of repetitive prayers set to simple musical lines. Repetition is not a new phenomenon nor unique to Taizé. The use of repetitive prayer has a long history in Christian spirituality and liturgy (think: the Rosary). What is unique to Taizé Prayer is the adaptation of the repetitive form to simple musical lines and core Biblical texts that can be sung by a whole assembly. The assembly is to immerse itself in the simple but profound harmonies and let itself be carried by this sung repetition prayer.


The other characteristic trait of Taizé Prayer worship is its use of silence. Shared silence is a very important dimension of Taizé Prayer worship. The use of silence in Taizé reminds us to incorporate more silence into our daily worship rather than filling every moment with words or music.


Taizé prayer is the creation of a monastic community in Taizé, France, founded in the 1940s. The brothers there emphasize service and ecumenicalism, particularly reconciliation between divided peoples and divided Christians.


No reuired offering. Freewill donations accepted.


Centering Prayer


Facilitator: Marilyn Dansart



3rd Monday Of Every Month,
7:00 — 8:00 PM:

No August Meeting!
September 18

October 16

November 20

No December Meeting!


Centering Prayer gatherings at Shalom begin with 20 minutes of quiet, wordless prayer together. We then read together a short piece related to contemplative prayer, contemplative living, etc. which is followed with time to share our thoughts or reflections regarding the reading.


Centering prayer is much more about what God can do in us than what we can do for God. Hence our times of prayer call us to a spirit of openness and receptivity to God.

Newcomers to the Shalom Centering Prayer Group are always welcomed!


No required offering. Freewill donations accepted.




Discovering the Wisdom of the Seasons through Yoga:
Series of Four Mini-Retreats

FACILITATORS: Michelle Watters, Karen Kramer, and Katie Pfiffner




Saturdays, 8:30am — 1:00 PM:
(Past) October 8, 2016
(Past) January 14, 2017
(Past) April 1, 2017
July 29, 2017

Registration begins at 8:00 AM


Each mini-retreat will include yoga practices such as gentle physical movement, restorative yoga, meditation, journaling, and time for reflection.


Certified yoga instructors Karen, Katie, and Michelle have complementary teaching styles and at the same time bring individual backgrounds and emphases to the experience.

Individual dates and themes are:

(Past) FALL
October 8, 2016
Release, Relax, Let Go
Register & prepay by Tuesday, October 4.

January 14, 2017
Opening to Stillness
Register & prepay by Tuesday, January 10.

April 1, 2017

Cultivating Growth: Moving from Darkness to Light
Register & prepay by Tuesday, March 28.

July 29, 2017
What Do You Say YES To?
Register & prepay by Tuesday, July 25.


Offering: $30 per session, includes lunch.



Michelle Watters has been a Hatha Yoga Teacher for six years. Her style of teaching has been described as calming, inviting, smooth flowing, intuitive and accepting at all levels. Her instructional approach invites self-reflection and personal learning.



Karen Kramer has been teaching yoga for 10 years. She is particularly passionate about sharing the techniques and gifts of Hatha, Restorative and Yin Yoga. Her style is laid back but mindful, and alignment-based with allowances for each individual.



Katie Pfiffner has taught yoga for two years, having discovered yoga as a healing art and a system of inner transformation. She teaches the importance of focusing on breath as the bridge connecting the physical and spiritual benefits of yoga.

Register & prepay by The Tuesday Before Each Session.

Click HERE to register for this program via our online form.




Vang: A Drama About Recent Immigrant Farmers

Co-Sponsored With Shalom By: Sisters Of Charity Of The Blessed Virgin Mary,
Sisters Of The Presentation Of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Sisters Of St. Francis Of Dubuque, Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, Sisters Of The Visitation



Sunday, September 17,
2:00-3:00 PM — Play,
3:00-4:00 PM — Mary Swander’s Sharing With The Audience


This documentary play weaves together photographs and transcript interviews to tell the story of families who have immigrated to America and are actively making farming and agriculture a part of their new lives here.


For any sensitive soul, it is not possible to be a witness to this play and not to be changed by it, not be moved by the gut-wrenching experiences of these recent refugees and immigrants. We applaud their ability to survive the horrific and find solace in their farms and gardens.


Poet Laureate of Iowa Mary Swander, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Dennis Chamberlin, and Kennedy Center award-winner Matt Foss collaborated to create a drama called Vang (meaning “garden” or “farm” in Hmong). Swander and Chamberlin documented recent Iowa immigrant farmers. Swander wound their words together to form a verbatim play that captures the immigrants’ journeys to the U.S. Hmong, Mexican, Sudanese, and Dutch immigrants all speak of their struggles, survival skills, and their intense desire to return to the land. Chamberlin took stunning photos of the immigrants in their greenhouses, farms, and dairy barns. Foss added his theatrical brilliance to the production, bringing Vang to life on the stage. And Michael Ching, past executive director of the Memphis opera, composed music to underscore the play’s message. 




Click HERE to register for this program via our online form.






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