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.

March 2024

28 Mar 2024
Celebrating Women Making a Difference - An Interview with Leenah Safi
We are joined by Leenah Safi. Ms. Safi is the daughter of Syrian immigrants and is currently completing Ph.D. work at Chicago Theological Seminary. As a Muslim woman, Leenah has immersed herself in full-time community work as a college chaplain with a Muslim nonprofit working with adolescents.
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14 Mar 2024
Celebrating Women from Diverse Backgrounds - An Interview with Sister Maria Zeimen and Friend
On today’s episode, we are joined by Sister Maria Zeimen, OSF and her friend Nancy from Garden Center Services. Garden Center Services is located in Burbank, IL, and provides housing services, day programming, and supportive employment services to people with intellectual and physical disabilities.
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