The "Center" podcast

Welcome to The "Center”, a twice-monthly podcast series created and produced by the Franciscan Peace Center - a ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, IA.


The podcast is focused on the joint mission of both organizations to promote peace and active nonviolence within our local, national, and global communities. Join host Marsha Thrall on the second and fourth Thursday of each month as we explore how active nonviolence and peacemaking are necessary and transformative practices within everyday life.

Please note: The views expressed here are individual views that do not necessarily reflect the views of the Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, Iowa.

September 2023

28 Sep 2023
The Franciscan Peace Center - Six Month Update and the Just Living Event
On today’s episode of The “Center” the staff of the Franciscan Peace Center will be sharing information about the good work that has been accomplished within the past year, events that are coming up – including the Second Annual Just Living Festival, and plans for future work sponsored by the FPC.
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20 Sep 2023
International Day of Peace Conversations - Sister Janet Ryan
On today’s podcast, we will be joined by Janet Ryan, OSF. Our conversation will focus on the ways in which Sister Janet’s community at Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation will be celebrating both Campaign Nonviolence from Sept 21 to Oct 2 and the International Day of Peace on Sept 21.
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19 Sep 2023
International Day of Peace Conversations - Sister LaVern Olberding
Today’s special edition of The “Center” is a conversation with LaVern Olberding, OSF. On today’s episode, Sister LaVern shares events that the Franciscan Peace Connection has planned to celebrate the International Day of Peace with their neighbors in the San Diego area.
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14 Sep 2023
Episode 14: Prairie Ecology
Did you know that Iowa was once 80% covered in tall grass prairie land? But, currently, the amount of tall grass prairie land in Iowa is less than .1%.
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