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July Peaceful Presence Contributions

Our July 2023 Peaceful Presence was hosted by the Mountain View/Palo Alto Musalla (Muslim community). The contributions on the themes of patience and hope were rich and varied!

Our host, Farha Andrabi, told the Muslim story of Hajirah, "Hope, Patience and Perseverance: The Story of Hajirah."  (Some of you may know her as "Hagar." However, the story about her in the Muslim tradition has some significant and surprising differences!)

Ellen Stromberg from Congregations Beth Am and Etz Chayim, read excerpts from this piece called "Praciticing Hope" by Rabbi Betsy Forester.

Eric Sabelman told a story that came to him during a Quaker service. He titled the story "The Courier's Message." The images on the left are illustrations connected with Eric's story. 

Kristi Iverson shared some teachings on "Patience," one of the Ten Paramis (or Ten Perfections) from the Buddhist tradition.

We gather on the 11th of every month for our Peaceful Presence, a time for multifaith prayers for peace and justice and strength for the journey. The services are hosted by different faith communities each month. Sometimes we meet in person, sometimes on Zoom, and sometimes hybrid (i.e. both).

You can sign-up to receive our schedule and email newsletters by using the box in the upper right corner of this webpage. (We NEVER share your email with ANYONE ELSE!) More details about Peaceful Presence can also be found here.



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