Participating Congregations and Organizations
  • American Muslim Voice
  • Bahá'í Community of Palo Alto
  • Beyt Tikkun Synagogue
  • First Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) Palo Alto
  • First Evangelical Lutheran Church Palo Alto
  • First Presbyterian Church Palo Alto
  • First United Methodist Church Palo Alto
  • Mountain View Buddhist Temple
  • Palo Alto Buddhist Temple
  • Palo Alto Friends Meeting
  • St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Palo Alto
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Palo Alto (Catholic)
  • Social Action Committee of the Redwood City Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship
  • Trinity Church in Menlo Park (Episcopal)
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Los Gatos
  • West Bay Chapter, Buddhist Peace Fellowship

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Supporting Our Teens: A Multifaith Community Response

<a href="; title="View unscaled image"></a> Faith communities from diverse traditions present:

Supporting Our Teens: A Multifaith Community Response
Monday, August 31, 7:00-9:00 PM
Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

A six member panel will be moderated by Palo Alto Mayor Peter Drekmeier, and include representatives from Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Christian Science traditions. The discussion will focus on what various faith teachings and practices can offer adults in the community (parents, grandparents, teachers, neighbors, friends -- anyone who cares about youth) as together we strive to better support our youth's spiritual, mental, social and physical well-being as they begin the school year. The purpose of the forum is to add the unique gifts of spiritual traditions and communities as sources of strength and guidance in service to the whole community. The event is free and open to the public.

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Panelists will be:
Peter Drekmeier, Palo Alto Mayor, Moderator
Rev. William Masuda, Palo Alto Buddhist Temple
Samina Faheem Sundas, American Muslim Voice
Rabbi Janet Marder, Congregation Beth Am of Los Altos Hills
Rev. David Howell, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Palo Alto
Sherry Cassedy, Catholic Community of Palo Alto
Eric Nelson, First Church of Christ., Scientist in Palo Alto.

After brief opening remarks from each of the panelists, the core of the evening will consist of these speakers' responses to questions from the community. To submit a question in advance, email it to by Sunday, August 30. Representatives from other faith traditions and local congregations will be available at the end of the program for further discussion. Several midpeninsula faith communities are organizing "youth-only" events which will be open to all teens, and will be announced during this program. The forum is planned in part in response to the tragic teen suicides and suicide attempts at the end of the last school year, prompting faith leaders from diverse traditions to come together to offer care and support to the whole community.

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