Multifaith Service of Concern and Commitment
On this evening prior to the presidential inauguration, we will come together -- across many religious and spiritual traditions -- to voice our concerns and fears about the coming four years in our country, to pray for strength and wisdom for the years ahead, and to commit together to act for justice, compassion, peace, environmental protection and equality for the American society and the world. We will share music, readings, prayers, silence and wisdom from many traditions to offer guidance, inspiration and courage, and to strengthen the bounds of our beautiful diverse community.
People of all faith traditions and those of no particular faith are all welcome.
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Inaugration Day Protest on Friday, Jan. 20, 5-7pm, at the corner of Embarcadero and El Camino in Palo Alto. Join them!
Enriching lives one SONG at a time!
Sunday, January 15, 10-11:30am
Join us as world-renowned children's singer/songwriter, Red Grammer, shares a morning of music, songs and joy.
Sponsored by the Palo Alto Baha'i Community.
Tickets are $5/seat. Accessible seating available. Purchase tickets through Eventbrite by clicking here.
All are welcome!
Saturday, Jan. 14, 11am-2pm
Defend DACA and call for stronger local protection for ALL immigrants
Sponsored by Silicon Valley Rising and Working Partnerships.
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A Quaker Meeting Called with a Concern for the Future of our Country
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The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), a traditional Peace Church, offers to the community an opportunity to listen deeply and humbly to each other and to the Spirit which guides human affairs. For an hour, we will settle into the silence of worship as practiced by Quakers, wherein anyone moved by the Spirit may rise to speak.
It is the silent waiting for the urging of the Spirit which is the foundation Friends' testimonies on Peace, Unity, Simplicity, Equality, Community and Integrity. Social Action based on these testimonies is strengthened by arising from worshipful silence.
Standing in solidarity with our immigrant sisters and brothers, Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice encourages efforts to become Sanctuary cities, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and campuses.
Offering sanctuary - a safe place that honors dignity and worth - is a tradition drawn from many of our faiths.
There are several movements toward making bay area cities into "sanctuary cities" and some local faith communities are considering offering sanctuary as well. Currently there is a letter being circulated for signatures to go to the Los Altos City Council, urging them to pass a resolution that "affirms our respect for human rights and diversity and declares that we will not participate in any federal efforts to undercut those principles." If you live in Los Altos, click here to read and sign this letter.
If you are interested in learning what it means to become a sanctuary congregation for your own place of worship, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Several hundred people gathered in prayer and solidarity with the Evergreen Islamic Center (EIC) on Sunday, December 11. The event was filled with love and joy. Featured speakers included leaders from diverse faith traditions as well as elected representatives from the city of San Jose and State Assembly and Senate. People of all faiths and walks of life felt called to offer their support.
The community came together at the invitation of the EIC after the mosque received some hate mail. Clearly we say "no" to hate and "yes" to all that holds us together as sisters and brothers in the human family. We stood shoulder-to-shoulder in solidarity with one another in a powerful expression of love and commitment.
Imam Faheem Shauibe, Rev. Danielle Parish (Spark Church) and Rabbi Chaim Koritzinsky (Congregation Etz Chayim) led the beginning of the Multifaith Peace Walk on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. The event opened with more than 750 participants singing songs of peace in Arabic, Hebrew and English with drums and guitars, readings from Jewish, Muslim and Christian scriptures, face painting for children, youth making signs saying "Peace" - "Salaam" - "Shalom," and a ritual of friendship that included Palo Alto Police Department Chief Dennis Burns with local and national faith leaders.
After a 2.5 mile walk and other brief programs on peace, the community gathered for a picnic that began with the release of peace doves in Mitchell park. The picnic, hosted by American Muslim Voice, allowed time for creating new friendship, more singing and dancing, and stories of peace making internationally as well as at home.
Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016
Gather, Opening Program & Begin Walk: Congregation Etz Chayim Synagogue and Spark Church, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto
Stops & Programs: University AME Zion Church, 3549 MiddlefieldRd., and Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 3233 Cowper Street.
Concluding Program & Picnic: American Muslim Voice hosted picnic at Mitchell Park, 600 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, beginning at 4:30pm. Program includes release of peace doves! Simple food provided, including plenty of vegetarian options.
Walk length: 2.5 mile
Walk Handout: Click here to download the Walk Handout with detailed route, walk guidelines and shuttle information for end of walk.
We invite people from all walks of life, from diverse faiths or no particular faith, all colors of the rainbow, children, youth and adults, left, right, and center, to walk united in our diversity, in solidarity as one human family. We walk to show our community and our world that we say "No" to fear and division and "YES" to friendship and peace.
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Sponsoring Communities: All Saints Episcopal Church PA; American Muslim Voice; Baha'i Community of Palo Alto; Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice; Berkeley Masjid; Chung Tai Zen Center of Sunnyvale; Congregation Beth Am; Congregation Emek Beracha; Congregation Etz Chayim; Congregation Kol Emeth; Council on American Islamic Relations (San Francisco Bay Area Chapter); First Baptist Church PA; First Congregational Church PA; First Lutheran Church PA; First Presbyterian Church PA; First United Methodist Church PA; Grace Lutheran Church PA; Islamic Networks Group; Keddem Congregation; Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice; Muslim American Society of Bay Area; MVPA Musalla Muslim Worship Place; Oshman Family Jewish Community Center; Palo Alto Friends Meeting (Quakers); Palo Alto Human Relations Commission; Rebuilding Alliance; Region 7, Sathya Sai International Organization USA; South Bay Islamic Association; Spark Church; St. Andrews United Methodist Church; St. Mark's Episcopal Church PA; St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Community of Palo Alto; Stanford University - Office for Religious Life; Unitarian Universalist Church PA Social Action Council; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Los Gatos; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sunnyvale Social Justice Team; University AME Zion Church; University Lutheran Church.
Refreshment and water stands will be located throughout the walk. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN WATER BOTTLES!
There will be short programs and refreshments at faith communities along the way, and a picnic at the end sponsored by American Muslim Voice.
Shuttle Information: Shuttles from 1-1:50pm will take those who park at the Unitarian Universalist Church (505 E. Charleston) from there to Congregation Etz Chayim for start of walk. Shuttles will also be provided at end of event, taking walkers from the picnic at Mitchell Park to Congregation Etz Chayim, running from 5-6:25pm every 15-20 minutes. These shuttles will leave from the Unitarian Universalist parking lot just behind the picnic area. (Signs and people with directions to the shuttle pick-up will be at the park.) All shuttles are free.
Make a day of it! The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center will be hosting a Day of Service for all ages the morning of Sept. 11, 10:30am-12:30pm. Click here for details!
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Join our Multifaith Peace Walk and Picnic on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1:30pm. Together with sisters and brothers of many backgrounds and spiritual traditions we will say "no" to fear and "yes" to friendship by walking together to show the way to peace. After about a 2.5 mile walk with stops and refreshments, we will conclude at Mitchell Park with a Peace Picnic.
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Salaam ~ Shalom ~ Peace ~ Shanti ~ Salaam ~ Shalom