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  • American Muslim Voice
  • Bahá'í Community of Palo Alto
  • Beyt Tikkun Synagogue
  • First Baptist Church Palo Alto
  • 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
  • Network of Spiritual Progressives
  • Palo Alto Friends Meeting
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Palo Alto (Catholic)
  • Trinity Church in Menlo Park (Episcopal)
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
  • West Bay Chapter, Buddhist Peace Fellowship

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MVPJ Affiliates Circle

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Since its founding in 2003, Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice has consisted of a small circle of clergy and laypeople who comprise its steering committee and plan peace events attended by a much larger audience.  Over time, members of the committee have felt the press of other obligations and reluctantly left the committee, and members of the audience have expressed interest in greater participation without serving on the steering committee.  So there exists a hitherto unrecognized circle of MVPJ supporters who feel themselves to be part of MVPJ despite no formal connection.

If you are one of these supporters, MVPJ invites you to acknowledge your relationship with us by joining The MVPJ Affiliates Circle. 

The primary requirements for membership in The MVPJ Affiliates Circle are a desire for closer involvement and a lack of time to become too involved.  This being the case, you may be assured that The MVPJ Affiliates Circle will have a yoke that is easy and a burden that is light (to use a scriptural phrase completely out of context).

Membership in The MVPJ Affiliates Circle will afford you the following benefits:

  • You will be the first to know (outside the steering committee) of upcoming MVPJ-sponsored events.
  • You will NOT be asked to do fundraising. MVPJ intends to remain a small organization with only volunteer staff and minimal expenses paid by donations at its events.
  • You may be asked to contribute your scarce time and energy to put on a MVPJ event, for example, by hosting a visiting speaker, serving as a participant in an interfaith event, circulating publicity, or baking cookies. You are under no obligation to do any of these things - but if you cannot do so once or twice a year, you may want to re-think your role in The MVPJ Affiliates Circle.
  • You may choose to be publicly recognized as a member of The MVPJ Affiliates Circle in MVPJ's literature and website, or you may choose to remain anonymous.
  • You may at any time suggest topics and speakers for MVPJ events, or ask the steering committee if MVPJ will co-sponsor a peace event you are involved in.
  • You will be invited to an annual brainstorming session with the steering committee to plan activities for the coming year (assuming our country continues to be at war or suffers domestic injustice, both of which seem likely).
  • You will be informed of regular MVPJ steering committee meetings and are welcome to attend, especially if an upcoming event is one you want to be more involved in planning.
  • You are welcome to invite others to join The MVPJ Affiliates Circle.

To join The MVPJ Affiliates Circle, just fill out the form below and we will contact you.

 
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"Living for 32" Film and Discussion on Gun Violence

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"Living for 32" is a film about the 32 people murdered in the tragic Virginia Tech Shooting, and the 32 people killed by guns every day in America.  Watch this documentary and join in a discussion led by Christopher R. Moylan, Sunnyvale council member who was key in getting the controversial Gun Control Measure C on the ballot - and PASSED!  Learn how we can pass Gun Control in our cities, too.

Sunday, August 24, 4-6pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, Fireside Room
505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto, 94306

Click here to download a flyer.

 
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Campaign Nonviolence Brochures, Flyers & Other Resources

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Click here to download a flyer for the International Day of Peace Candlelight Vigil on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Click here to download the most up-to-date flyer (for legal-size paper) listing all local Sept. 20-28 events.

Click here to download the most up-to-date flyer (standard 8.5" x 11" size) listing all local Sept. 20-28 events -- good for enlarging to poster size for your bulletin boards!

Click here to download the "Avoiding Needless Wars" flyer for Tuesday, Sept. 23 lecture.

Click here to download a flyer for the Harvest Festival on Sept. 27.

Click here to download the Campaign Nonviolence brochure.

 

Campaign Nonviolence is Traveling - all around the Bay

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Campaign Nonviolence events are also being planned in San Francisco and San Jose (and all 50 states, too).  Watch here for forthcoming information.  Nonviolence IS traveling, and as Gandhi said, it WILL become a miracle.  Become a part of the miracle!

First Day of Rosh Hashanah Speaker Rae Abileah (Code Pink) on Palestine/Israel Conflict: Thursday, Sept. 25, 9am-1pm Morning Service with Torah Reading, Teaching, and  Shofar Blowing at Beyt Tikkun Synagogue in Berkeley. Click here for location and details.

Paths to Just Peace with Kathy Kelly and Stephen Zunes: Friday, Sept. 26, 6pm at Unitarian Universalist Center in San Francisco.  Click here to download flyer with details.

 

Sign the Campaign Nonviolence Pledge TODAY!

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  Click here to sign the Campaign Nonviolence Pledge today!
 

Campaign Nonviolence in All 50 States - AND here in Palo Alto!

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Join Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice in
CAMPAIGN NONVIOLENCE!

Campaign Nonviolence now has actions taking place in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, AND Palo Alto!  Join us!

Sign the Campain Nonviolence Pledge!

Plan to join the Candlelight Vigil in Palo Alto on Friday, Sept 20 to launch our local week of events.

Invite your congregation, community or organization to participate during the week of Sept. 21-28 with a forum, worship, prayer or action or by flying a Campaign Nonviolence banner.  Contact Diana Gibson (diana@multifaithpeace.org) for more information.

Click here to download a Campaign Nonviolence brochure.  

 
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Campaign Nonviolence

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Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice is excited to join Campaign Nonviolence (CNV), inviting people of faith, conscience and good will to build a movement for peace, justice, and environmental healing. Campaign Nonviolence is endorsed by Nobel Peace Prize winners Desmond Tutu and Mairead Maguire, and the late civil rights leader Vincent Harding.  Beginning on September 21, the International Day of Peace, CNV will launch a nationwide week of study, action, and peaceful public witness, calling for concrete changes toward reversing the climate crisis, ending poverty and abolishing war.

MVPJ is encouraging and coordinating local groups to participate in CNV, each in their own way. During the week of September 20-28, many Peninsula congregations will spotlight concerns about peace, justice or environmental healing through  worship, prayers, forums, youth and adult education, film nights, and service or advocacy projects.  Topics chosen already range from climate change to gun control.  MVPJ will help communities with ideas and resources (films, speakers, material), publicity and media coverage, and we will host a peaceful public witness event at the end of the week. 

Will you join us? Contact Diana Gibson at diana@multifaithpeace.org for more details or to let us know how your faith community will be participating.

“The choice is no longer between violence and nonviolence, it’s nonviolence or non-existence”  
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
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Silicon Valley Interreligious Council: On the Gaza Conflict

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Our colleagues and friends at the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council (SiVIC) issued an important and thoughtful statement regarding the Gaza Conflict.  With their permission, we share an excerpt here.  Go to the end of this article for a link to their website where you can read the full statement.

On the Gaza Conflict

Regardless of our individual stances, we share a recognition of our common humanity and a conviction that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must cease, that there is no violent solution to that conflict, that all human life is valued, and that all parties must cooperate to achieve a just and lasting peace on behalf of God’s children who reside in the land that many of us call holy.

 
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Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: Take a Stand!

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On April 24th, the Marshall Islands filed landmark cases in the International Court of Justice and U.S. Federal District Court. 

The Claim: The nine nuclear-armed nations have failed to comply with their obligations, under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty and customary international law, to pursue negotiations for the worldwide elimination of nuclear weapons.  This  unprecedented lawsuit seeks to hold the United States government (and the other eight nuclear weapon states that were signatories to the NPT) accountable for flagrantly violating the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Take A Stand: Everyone has a stake in this.  Let world leaders know that it is the will of the seven billion of us who live on this planet to end the threat of nuclear weapons hanging over all of creation.  Click here to sign the petition now!

To learn more, visit the petition website at www.nuclearzero.org/, full of important history and information! 

 
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Former Military Chaplain Speaks Out Against Palin's Remark

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Former military chaplain Steve Torgerson objects to Palin's description of waterboarding as baptism (see article below) in this brief but compelling "Perspective" from KQED.  Click here to listen.