Participating Congregations and Organizations
  • 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)
  • 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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U.S. Muslim Leaders Condemn Boston Bombings

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Representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, on Friday joined other leaders at a new conference in Washington, D.C., to state that Americans will remain united in the face of developments in the Boston Marathon bombings that include the naming of suspects who are reportedly Muslim.

The CAIR website lists case by case, year by year examples of consistently condemning any form of terrorism. According to their website: "Any Muslim who plans, attempts or carries out a terrorist attack would be acting outside the boundaries of his or her faith and would be repudiated and condemned by our community."

In the same spirit, the Islamic Network Group (ING) issued a statement expressing their prayers which are with all of the victims and their families.  ING emphasized that "the ideology of extremists do not reflect the beliefs and practices of the vast majority of the ethnic or religious groups to which the extremists are associated, and that American Muslims vociferously and unequivocally condemn terrorism."

Interfaith Alliance president Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy released a statement from the national group saying that any hatred or violence expressed toward Muslims because the brothers were reportedly Muslim would be "against everything we stand for as Americans."

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Call in Day to Cut Nuclear Weapons

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Californians have a unique role to play in reducing dangerous stockpiles of nuclear weapons as well as helping to reduce the deficit. Our Senator, Dianne Feinstein, is the Chair of the committee that oversees the nuclear weapons budget, and is one of the most important leaders in the Senate on the issue.  
That is why an urgent Statewide Call-in Day is planned for Tuesday, April 9th, to show Sen. Feinstein that Californians want to cut spending on nuclear weapons. Please join us in calling on April 9th, or on whichever day you can this week. 

Sen. Feinstein agrees that nuclear weapons are dangerous and outdated. However, current plans will have the US spend up to $500 billion in the next decade on these weapons, in direct contradiction to the growing bipartisan consensus* that we could safely cut our nuclear arsenals now and save billions of dollars to invest in our economy.

If we want Sen. Feinstein to take the lead in cutting billions in nuclear weapons spending, she needs to hear from you right now. Please join thousands of people across California joining forces to call Sen. Feinstein on April 9th!

Call Senator Feinstein at (415) 393-0707.  Here is a suggested message:

"My name is ____ and I live in _____. I am calling to ask Senator Feinstein to cut wasteful spending on nuclear weapons and new bomb plants."  [If appropriate, you may want to add one sentence about how your faith leads you to urge this action.]
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Join Us March 16th for Eyes Wide Open

March 16: Palo Alto "Eyes Wide Open" Event at King Plaza (in front of City Hall)

On the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, these boots and shoes are still empty.

Marking the 10th anniversary of its formation, Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice invites you to its "Eyes Wide Open" exhibit on Saturday, March 16th at King Plaza (Hamilton & Ramona in Palo Alto).  Empty boots bearing the names of California military killed in Iraq or Afghanistan are place in rows for silent meditation. Unnamed shoes represent the thousands of civilian casualties, young and old.  You are invited to this time of reflection on the true cost of war, the lost opportunities for making peace, the sacrifices of those who fought, the devastation wrought upon the people and land of Iraq and Afghanistan, and our eternal hope for an end to war. We pray that as we honor all the lives lost, we will learn how desparately we must redirect the focus of our nation to the ways of peace.

March 20, 2013 will be the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, and Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice (MVPJ) will be highlighting the cost of continued war in our world. MJVP and others sponsored this display in May 2008 and we felt the event was moving and appropriate, even more so now with continued (and expanded) hostilities around the world. 

The display will be monitored at all times. The boots will be in place by 10am in the morning on Saturday, March 16, and taken up again at sunset that day (approximately 7:30 p.m.). Short programs will be held throughout the day.

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Program Schedule

10am Opening Program - Sounding of the Shofar (Jewish Call to Prayer) followed by featured speakers County Supervisor Dave Cortese, Peninsula Peace & Justice Center director Paul George, and Veteran for Peace Doug Nelson.  Jason Materne from American Friends Service Committee will explain the history of the Eyes Wide Open exhibit.  Music will be led by Chris Lundin from St. Thomas Aquinas Parish and MVPJ Steering Committee.

1:30pm Midday Program will begin with Muslim Prayers.  Speakers include Phil Pflager from Veterans for Peace Chapter 101, Samina Sundas, founder and director of American Muslim Voice, and Rev. Geoff Browning from United Campus Christian Ministry at Stanford.

3:30pm Reading of Names of the Dead - The names of military casualites from California and of civilians from Iraq and Afghanistan will be read and honored. The sounding of a Buddhist Meditation Bowl will begin the readings, and the Jewish Mourner's Kaddish will conclude the readings.  (If you wish to take part by reading aloud some of the names of civilians and/or military, please arrive at 3:20pm and speak to a program coordinator near the sound system. We will give you a list to review in advance, and be happy to have you participate.)

6:30pm Closing Program - Featured speaker: Karen Meredith from Gold Star Families Speak Out, a mother from Mountain View whose son, 1st Lt. Kenneth Ballard, was killed while serving in Iraq.  Reflections will be offered by Craig Wiesner, U.S. Air Force Veteran and member of MVPJ Steering Committee.  Prayer led by Rev. Dr. Eileen Altman of First Congregational Church, Palo Alto.  Music led by Chris Lundin.  "Taps" will be played at sundown (approximately 7:30pm) by Chris Iyer from First Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto.

Sign up to volunteer for 1 hour or more on Saturday, March 16 by clicking here.  (There will always be MVPJ steering committee members present to orient and support you.)

Co-sponsors include:

  • American Friends Service Committee - San Francisco
  • American Muslim Voice
  • Beyt Tikkun
  • CAIR-SFBA (Council on American- Islamic Relations)
  • Catholic Community at Stanford
  • Episcopal Lutheran Campus Ministry at Stanford
  • First Congregational Church of Palo Alto Peace and Justice Task Force
  • First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto
  • First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto
  • Human Concerns Committee, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Palo Alto
  • Los Altos Voices for Peace
  • Mission Task Team of First Baptist Church, Palo Alto
  • Network for Spiritual Progressives
  • Northern California Islamic Council
  • Peace and Social Action Committee of Palo Alto Friends Meeting (Quakers)
  • Peninsula Peace and Justice Center
  • Reach And Teach, San Mateo
  • San Jose Peace & Justice Center
  • Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese
  • SIREN (Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network)
  • Stanford Says No to War
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
  • United Campus Christian Ministry at Stanford/Progressive Christians at Stanford
  • Veterans for Peace Chapter 101
  • West Bay Chapter of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship 

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Congregational Participants


We come together from more than 36 diverse faith communities and traditions to put our convictions into action by saying NO to war and YES to peace and justice.

Gather... call upon our government to cease its focus on war and to focus its energy and resources on peaceful and lawful resolution, negotiation, international cooperation, and the well-being of all creation. call upon our government to defend civil liberties at home and strengthen the values that our nation holds: justice, tolerance, diversity, equality, liberty, and human dignity. insist that war is a moral, ethical and religious issue involving matters of life and death for children, youth and adults who all share our common humanity.

As people of faith we are compelled in this critical time to commit our spirits, voices, hearts and actions to the cause of justice and peace on earth.


  • We are committed to nonviolent action for peace and justice. We will walk and talk, pray and act in the manner of love, for God is love.
  • We seek to win over our opponents in truth and love, never to humiliate or defeat them. Affirming that every human being has inherent worth and is a child of God, we refuse to hate or condemn any person or group of persons, even as we oppose and condemn forces and actions of violence and injustice.
  • We pray, speak and act for the well-being of all people. Members of our own armed forces and the armed forces of all nations will be respected. It is in part on their behalf and for their safety that we say NO to war.
  • We will stand in solidarity with individuals or groups whose civil rights are violated. We will not be silent.
  • We ground ourselves in the core teachings and practices of peace and justice in our own faith tradition. From these sources we gain strength, wisdom, courage and compassion for all.
  • We come from diverse faiths; therefore, our words and actions will be diverse. Our activities may range from meditation and prayer vigils to political action, and, if discerned necessary, include acts of civil disobedience. Each of us will participate according to our own conscience. We respect, celebrate and learn from this diversity.

We base all our thoughts and prayers, words and actions on the conviction that only love will overcome hatred, only justice will lead to peace, and as people of faith we are called to build a just and peaceful world.

Participating Congregations and Organizations:

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Great Peacemakers

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9/11 Multifaith Peace Picnic in San Jose

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MVPJ is please to cosponsor a
Multifaith Peace Picnic

hosted by American Muslim Voice and Santa Clara County Superviser Dave Cortese.

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm 
James P. McEntee, Sr. Plaza
70 West Hedding Street. San Jose

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Hiroshima Day Event at Livermore

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Mark the 67th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Sunday, August 5, 4-6pm
Livermore Lab in Livermore, CA

Foreclose on the bomb, not the people!

Join other peace & justice advocates for musicians and speakers, symbolic art and nonviolent action to highlight the economic reality of ever-increasing nuclear weapons spending while people's basic needs go unmet.

Meet at Wm. Payne Park in Livermore, located near I-580 on Vasco Rd & Patterson Pass Rd., across from the Livermore nuclear weapons lab.  We will gather under shade trees for the commemoration, with a procession to the Livermore lab following.

Note that 4:15pm local time Sunday is 8:15am August 6 in Hiroshima, the precise time the A-bomb exploded.


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Replace the Death Penalty!

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Replace the Death Penalty Fundraising Event
Monday, August 6, 7pm
Channing House, 850 Webster St., Palo Alto
11th floor

Speaker: Reginald Reese, Retired Associate Warden, San Quentin Prison
Discussion and Refreshments

You are invited to contribute to the cause of replacing the death penalty with life impresonment. Come and learn how and why we must pass Prop. 34 this November!

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Occupy Good Friday (April 6th) at Livermore Labs

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Long-time steering committee member, the late Father John Butcher, participated in the Good Friday action at Lawrence Livermore Labs for many years and in his spirit we invite you to join the multitudes in "proclaiming good news to the poor" at the labs this Good Friday. Nichola Torbett, Founding Director of the Seminary of the Streets will be preaching.


  • Gather at Vasco and Patterson Pass Roads in Livermore at 6:45 a.m.
  • Opening music 6:45 a.m.
  • Worship 7:00 a.m. followed by procession to the gate, stations of the cross & nonviolent acts of witness.
  • Afterwards, about 10 a.m. - noon, community gathering to share our work and actions, at Asbury United Methodist Church, 4743 East Avenue, Livermore Sponsored by Ecumenical Peace Institute/CALC and Livermore Conversion Project.

For further information:
(510) 655-1162 or (510) 654-4983

Click here to download and print a flyer for the event.

The State of The National Security State 2012: A Talk by Ray McGovern

Ray McGovernMVPJ and the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center invite you to attend this event on Tuesday April 10th at 7:30pm.

The State of the National Security State 2012

A talk by Ray McGovern
Former CIA Intelligence Analyst
Founding Member, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Avenue, Palo Alto
(Between Waverley and Bryant, one block off Oregon Expressway)
FREE and open to all. Contributions will be requested.
Wheelchair accessible.

Ray McGovern came to Washington in the early Sixties as an Army infantry/intelligence officer and then served as a CIA analyst from the administration of John F. Kennedy to that of George H. W. Bush. Ray's duties included chairing National Intelligence Estimates and preparing the President's Daily Brief. In January 2003, Ray helped create Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) to expose the way intelligence was being falsified to "justify" war on Iraq. His continues to be a leading voice to challenge the lies that lead us to war, spying on citizens, torture and indefinite detention.

Sponsored by the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center and Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice



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