Jubilee UMC and Broader Community

Modeled after the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference (SDPC), New Jerusalem Ministries (NJM) was birthed with the "hope and faith that the organization would focus on what was proclaimed in the fourth chapter of Luke,  to set captives free and to give liberty to those who are oppressed."  We, too, "seek to change the socio-political landscape for those in need as we continue our fervent quest and biblical directive to do justice."

With this calling, NJM boldly enters into the public square with an engaged prophetic imagination to work with clergy, organizational leaders and "everyday ordinary blues people" to bring about constructive change on behalf of vulnerable and marginalized populations in our community.  To date, we have focused on sexual and domestic violence issues; issues associated with mass incarceration and the "returning citizen" to community; and the ongoing challenges associated with poverty and its intersections with race and class. 


We champion, support and/or co-sponsor the following event(s):

2018 Partial List of MLK-Supported Events, Part II


August 10 (Friday). 5:30 pm. North End Art and Music Festival Reception. Waterloo Center for the Arts. As small part of the reception at WCA, we are privileged to honor/recognize with awards Rev. Dr. Kenneth R. Adderley; Rev. Dr. Mary E. Robinson; and Ms. Chaveevah B. Ferguson


August 24 (Friday). Special Guest – Dr. Nick De Bonis, Author of the book,The Bridge Between: Race, Rage and Reconciliation in 1960s Iowa. Reception at Jubilee UMC Resource Center. 2:30 pm. Public welcome.


August 24 & 25 (Friday and Saturday). Rendition of the play, The Mountaintop, by Katori Hall. The Hope Martin Theatre/Waterloo Center for the Arts. Telephone: 319-291-4494. (www.wlooplayhouse.org) Free admission. Start time: 7 pm each night.


August 30 (Thursday). Faith for Energy Conference. Exploring ideas for increased energy conservation. Jubilee UMC Resource Center. Starting at 9:30 am. Meal will be served. Sponsored by Faith for Energy Equity, Creation Justice Ministries, Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, State and Local NAACP, other collaborators.


September-October 2018. Book Read: Martin Luther King, Jr.: An Inconvenient Hero by Vincent Harding. Place and Time TBD.


September 8 – Focus on Diabetes Project. Waterloo Center for the Arts. 11 -2 pm. Petersen Town Hall Room. Public highly encouraged to participate in these free screenings.


September 18-22. Frederick Douglass’ 200th Birthday Celebration. UNI, Rod Library.


Months of September & October – 50 Voices Project. This project in collaboration with Grout Museum is designed to “fix” something of 50 persons who have first-hand knowledge of the Waterloo Riots, which occurred 50 years ago September 1968, shortly after King’s assassination in April of same year.


October 9 (Tuesday). Iowa Justice Action Network Fall Conference. 8-5pm. “Justice: A New Narrative Restoring Wholeness To The Individual, The Family and the Community.” Will be held at the Waterloo Center for the Arts, Petersen Town Hall Room. Registration fee: $30. FMI, call 319-266-8406, or allen.hays@uni.edu


October 12 (Friday). Inclusion Conference. Diamond Event Center (Western Homes). 8-1 pm.


October 18 (Thursday). $20 Ticket Fundraiser Dinner for AMANI Community Services, Inc. Jubilee UMC Resource Center. Caterer: LeChristopher’s Southern Cuisine.


October 29 (Saturday). $50 Ticket Fundraiser Dinner NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet.  Waterloo Center for the Arts.



November 10 (Saturday).  KBBG Annual Banquet. Diamond Event Center (Western Homes). Ticket Price:  $60. Confirmed guest speaker: Joe Madison, Sirius XM Radio Personality.


November 13 - 16.  VISION TOURMemphis. Montgomery. Selma. Birmingham.


December 10 – International Human Rights Day. Proclamation Reading; Kick-off for MLK51




Thematic Aspects of These Events:


MLK50:  Fifty Years Since King:  Chaos or Community?


More to come!  Stay tuned.



For more information, you may call 319-504-0081 (or 319-291-4441, Director Funchess)