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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
in the Shalom Chapel


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



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

September 7th - As Evening Falls (theme: of darkness & light)
October 5th - Be Still (theme: of reconciliation)
November 2nd - All Saints & All Souls (theme: our beloved deceased)
December 7th - No Taizé Prayer

A characteristic trait of Taizé prayer 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.

People of all faith traditions are invited!


Registration Not Required. No Required Offering. Freewill Donations Accepted.


Jim & Sr Carol


Centering Prayer


Facilitator: Marilyn Dansart



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


September 18th
October 16th
November 20th
No December Meeting!


Monthly 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 worship, or other topics on contemplative living, which is followed with time to share our thoughts and reflections regarding the reading.


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


Newcomers to the Shalom Centering Prayer Group are always welcome.


Registration Not Required. No Required Offering. Freewill Donations Accepted.






T’ai Chi Chih:
A Six-Class Series

Instructor: Marian Klostermann OSF



Wednesdays, 8:30am-9:30am
September 13 — October 18


T’ai Chi Chih is a combination of 20 movements that are slow, gentle, and easily done by anyone regardless of age or physical condition. By circulating and balancing the “chi” or vital energy within us, the T’ai Chi movements promote physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual harmony and well-being. T’ai Chi Chih is a modified form of T’ai Chi. This class is for beginners and practicing-learners of T’ai Chi Chih. Guided repetition of T’ai Chi Chih provides practiced learning of this wellness technique. As movement is non-strenuous, participants will be comfortable in “regular” clothing.


Sr. Marian has practiced & taught T’ai Chi for more than 28 years.

Offering: $45 For The Series


Register And Prepay By Monday, September 11


Sr. Marian has practiced & taught T’ai Chi for more than 28 years.

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




Days Of Quiet And Prayer:
A 4-Session Series

Facilitator: Eileen Miller OSF



Wednesdays, 9:30am-2:45pm
September 13, October 18, November 15, December 13


Each session will begin with coffee and rolls at 9:30am. We will begin with prayer, and each participant will be given a booklet to aid personal reflection throughout the day. Faith-sharing and prayer will conclude each session.

Book: "The Divine Dance" by Richard Rohr, with Mike Morrell

Drawing from Scripture, theology, and the deepest thoughts of mystics, philosophers and sages throughout history, Rohr presents a compelling alternative to aloof and fairytale versions of God as well as an insight into the ancient mystery of the Trinity. The Divine Dance makes accessible and practicable the Christian tradition's most surprising gift: God as Community... as Friendship... as Dance.

Offering: $90 for series
Includes: book, program materials, coffee & rolls, lunch, a private room


Register And Prepay By Tuesday, September 5 
To Ensure You Have A Copy By The First Session


Sr. Eileen

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. 






Mary Swander is the Poet Laureate of the State of Iowa. She has published over thirteen books of poetry and non-fiction, in addition to plays, radio and television scripts and magazine articles. In Vang, Swander has wound together the words of recent Iowa immigrant farmers to form a verbatim play that captures the immigrants’ journeys to the United States. Hmong, Mexican, Sudanese, and Dutch immigrants all speak of their struggles, survival skills, and their intense desire to return to the land.




Shalom's Fall Breakfast: 
Fall of Life to Spring of Life

Presenter: Dana Koos, Shalom's Development Director




Tuesday, September 19, 7:30am-8:30am


The community, religious communities, grandparents, and immediate family play important roles in the process of introducing spirituality to small children. Dana, mother of an almost-three-year-old, will share about her role as a new parent in this process, as well as what resources are available and best practices for launching a spiritual journey as a (both nuclear and extended) family. 

Come welcome fall by joining us for a hearty, delicious breakfast complete with the wonderful comfort foods our kitchen always provides, socializing with old friends and new, and reflecting with Dana on the meaning of family! It’s worth getting up early!

Offering: $10


Register And Prepay By Friday, September 15 



Dana Koos joined Shalom Spirituality Center in March 2016 as the Director of Development, which includes volunteer coordination. Dana is originally from Dubuque, IA. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Clarke University and a Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Dubuque. Dana is a member of the Women’s Leadership Network as well as the Association for Fundraising Professionals. She enjoys traveling, gardening, running, hiking, and boating on the Mississippi River.

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




Integrating Yoga
& Native American Spirituality


Facilitator: Nancy Thompson



Saturday, September 23, 9:00am-1:00pm


Native American spirituality and the philosophy of yoga share many common themes, including respect for Mother Earth and all her inhabitants. These concepts are embodied in the Medicine Wheel and the Seven Directions, and also in the yoga philosophy integrating body, mind and spirit. In this interactive workshop we’ll explore these spiritual paths through song, simple ceremony, meditation and a gentle yoga practice appropriate for all levels of experience. We will close with noon lunch.

Offering: $30, includes lunch 


Register And Prepay No Later Than Wednesday, September 20



Nancy is a Certified Yoga Instructor & 24-year student of Native American Spirituality.

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




The Hustle For Worthiness:
A BrenÉ Brown DVD Presentation


Facilitator: Kim Kali-Schultes, LISW, CCDP-D, 
Social Worker & Daring Way Facilitator



Tuesday, September 26, 6:30pm


In this 50-minute DVD presentation entitled The Hustle for Worthiness, Dr. Brené Brown explores her early research on the meaning of love and belonging, and how our feelings of “never good enough” prevent us from experiencing real connection. Brene writes, “Our lives are a collection of stories – truths about who we are, what we believe, what we come from, how we struggle and how we are strong. Our sense of worthiness lives inside our story.” After the DVD, there will be ample time for dialogue.

Freewill Offering


Please Call To Register By Monday, September 25


Kim says: "As a trained Brené Brown Daring Way Facilitator, I can help you let go of self-doubt and move you toward thriving in your courageous zone."

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




Lovers Of Place & Pilgrimage:
A Celtic Day Of Reflection


Presenter: Susan Forshey, Assistant Professor 
Discipleship & Christian Formation, University Of Dubuque


Saturday, September 30, 9:00am-4:00pm


Celtic Spirituality lives in an in-between space, where both the love of hearth and the call to journey, can exist simultaneously. Reflecting on the stories of wandering saints and the rooted communities they founded, we will ponder how these twin aspects of life can find expression and integration in our own experience. Through art and text, silence and discussion, the day’s activities will offer gentle invitations to rest, reflect, and pray within the beauty of this ancient tradition. 

Offering: $40, Includes Lunch


Register And Prepay No Later Than Wednesday, September 27


A retreat leader and spiritual director, Susan leads summer trips to Ireland with Museum Without Walls, focusing on religious reconciliation and Celtic spirituality. 

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






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