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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)
  • 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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Ramadan, COVID-19, and Living into the New Normal: Online panel discussion

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The Muslim Cohort of the Community of Living Traditions is hosting an online discussion:
"Ramandan, COVID-19, and Living into the New Normal"

Wednesday, April 29, 5-6:30pm Eastern Time

The Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point Center welcomes you to join us for a panel discussion with Muslim activists about what it means to be Muslim and fasting during the Holy Month of Ramadan during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the world has swiftly changed beyond recognition, participants are invited to join a conversation on challenges, opportunities and insights the pandemic presents — as Muslims, as activists, and as global citizens. How does Islam teach us to interpret and respond to the pandemic as a Sign from Allah? What are the spiritual tests to be gleaned if we are to evolve as one inextricably linked human family sharing one planet, rather than face extinction?

As the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him said,
"When any limb aches, the whole body reacts with sleeplessness and fever.”
Source: Sahih al-Bukhari, 5665, Sahih Muslim 2586

Click here to register online in advance to get login information.

 
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Multifaith Justice Seder

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CANCELLED: Sadly, the Seder will be cancelled due to COVID-19 health concerns. We will be refunding any tickets already purchased through Eventbrite.

Multifaith Justice Seder
Monday, March 30, 6:30 pm - 9:00pm

Join us for a celebration of our shared values of justice and liberation, through the lens of the Jewish Passover Seder ritual. We will spend the evening telling stories of liberation both ancient and contemporary, tasting the richness of the Passover Seder ritual, and sharing song and, of course, food.

 
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Songs of Resilience: Celebrating Pete Seeger's 100th Birthday

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Emma's Revolution and Annie Patterson
Friday, February 7, 7:30pm
Trinity Church in Menlo Park
330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park

Volunteers are needed. Contact Eric Sabelmann at eesabelman@gmail.com 

The dynamic award-winning duo Emma's Revolution (Pat Humphries and Sandy O) and Annie Patterson, co-creator of the popular songbooks Rise Up Singing and Rise Again, will perform together and lead songs for an uplifting musical evening honoring Pete Seeger and his legacy.

 
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Combatants for Peace

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Combatants for Peace:
A LIVE PRESENTATION by Palestinian and Israeli combatants
Nobel Peace Prize Nominee 2017 & 2018
Monday, February 10, 7:30pm

First Congregational Church
1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto

Hear an amazing presentation by Israeli and Palestinian former combatants!

There is another way!

In 2006, Israeli and Palestinian former combatants, people who had taken an active role in the conflict, laid down their weapons and established Combatants for Peace. The egalitarian, bi-national, grassroots organization was founded on the belief that the cycle of violence can only be broken when Israelis and Palestinians join forces. Combatants for Peace is the only organization, worldwide, in which former fighters on both sides of an active conflict have laid down their weapons, choosing to work together for peace and justice.

Hear two members of this organization speak in person - an Israeli and a Palestinian - both former combatants now part of Combatants for Peace.

Click here to see and share the Facebook Event page.

Click here to learn more about American Friends for Combatants for Peace.

 
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Multifaith Justice Seder

SAVE THE DATE!

Multifaith Justice Seder
Monday, March 30, 6:30-9pm
Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto

Sponsored by Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice together with a broad array of local congregations and organizations.

Join us for a celebration of our shared values of justice and liberation, through the lens of the Jewish Passover Seder ritual. We will spend the evening telling stories of liberation both ancient and contemporary, tasting the richness of the Passover ritual, and sharing songs, and of course, food.


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No War with Iran!

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Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice (MVPJ) stands firm in its commitment to work for peace. While we recignize and respect diversity among individuals and traditions, MVPJ insists that "War is not the answer," but will lead to more violence and countless harm and death, particularly in this current situation between the United States and Iran. MVPJ is not advocating all the views or stands of any of these organizations, but in the list below we want to show how people from so many and various backgrounds and walks of life are speaking out against war with Iran, and offer their perspectives for your prayerful consideration. WE URGE YOU TODAY to call or write to your Congressmembers, either directly or through one of these online options!

Check this webpage occasionally for updates. Below is an initial collection of action suggestions and responses from different religious and civic groups. Feel free to email us if you have ideas we might add, particularly from your own faith tradition. Please note that you do not need to be a member of any of these traditions or organizations to use their site to send messages.

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL): MVPJ has long partnered with and learned from this Quaker-based peace lobbying group. Here is a link to easily find and write a letter to your Congress members through FCLN, and this link has a short script for you to CALL your Congressperson, always 

CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) is a Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. On this webpage they call on Americans to urge Congress to block funding for war with Iran, give background on the legislations re-introduced to Congress last Friday, Jan. 3, and an opportunity to send an email to officials.

J Street, a Jewish organization in the United States, released this article with very helpful information on why they believe Congress must act to prevent war with Iran.

The United Church of Christ (a major Protestant denomination) has long advocated for diplomatic and peaceful engagement with Iran. Use this link for useful background information and as well as to send an email to your Congress members.

Pax Christi USA is a Catholic peace and justice organization that has a full, updated webpage with excellent links to prayers, faith statements, study material (including from the National Council of Churches) and action recommendations.

American Friends Service Committee, another Quaker organization, offers background with "5 things to know about Iran" and emailing options on this second page.

 
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Join AME Zion for Solidarity Sunday

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University AME Zion, the oldest African-American church between San Mateo and San Jose, and a treasured and valued part of our community, found angry graffitti on their property Saturday morning, December 28. (Click here to read the Palo Alto Online article.)

Our response, as a community, is to stand with them in solidartiy, to support them however we can, and most importantly, to celebrate who they are and the many gifts they bring to us all.

Here are two opportunities to do just that:

Join University AME Zion this Sunday, January 5th, for Solidarity Sunday, from 9:30-11am. The church is located at 3549 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. All are welcome! (If your own worshipping community time conflicts, feel free to come for at least part of this time to show your support and solidarity.)

Contribute: If you cannot attend this Sunday but would like to donate to help the church repair and install more security and better lighting, click on this link to make your donation.

In the face of these attacks, the church insists: "We will not hide or shrink back in fear, but we will open our doors to invite our community to stand in solidarity with us." 

 

 
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Interfaith Vigil Remembering All Victims of Gun Violence

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Saturday, December 14
4pm-5:30pm
Lytton Plaza, 250 Hamilton
Palo Alto

On this seventh anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, gather with us to give voice to the over 700,000 victims and survivors of gun violence since December 2012.


The program will include testimony from a Menlo-Atherton High School student (Students Demand Action), two survivors of gun violence, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, State Assemblymember Marc Berman, and Dr. Susie MacLean from SAFE (Scrubs Addressing the Firearm Epidemic). The vigil will conclude with a ceremony of Remembrance and Bell Ringing for those impacted by gun violence.

Sponsored by Moms Demand Action, Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice, and other faith and community organizations.

Shine a light to #EndGunViolence

Download a PDF Flyer and post this jpg flyer to help spread the word!

 
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GLOBAL Climate Strike: Friday, 9/20 in Palo Alto

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Join us in a GLOBAL Climate Strike!

Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, 6-8pm
King Plaza, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto
Why: THIS IS NOT A DRILL: This March and Rally will include prominent local speakers and musicians to speak to our current Climate Emergency!

Sponsored by Peninsula Peace & Justice Center
Co-sponsors include Multifaith Voices for Peace Justice, Greenbelt Alliance, Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, & others.

Please bring a jacket!

Climate Strike Details:
Start at Palo Alto City Hall
Hamilton Ave -> Emerson St -> University Ave -> Waverley St -> Hamilton Ave
 
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September 11 Multifaith Peace Picnic & Prayers 2019

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Mark this day for friendship, solidarity and peace!
Wednesday, September 11, 6-8pm
King Plaza, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto

Join us for this annual multifaith gathering. The picnic (complementary vegan meal) begins at 6pm followed by a program at 6:45pm. Both are hosted by American Muslim Voice in partnership with MVPJ and others. This year there will be just ONE PROGRAM with prayers and words for peace from diverse faith traditions, music, singing and children's choirs. 

SPECIAL SPEAKER: Gloria Williams* from September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows (family members who lost a loved one on 9/11/01).

RSVP: While the event is free, we need to know if you are coming so we can plan our food and set-up accordingly. PLEASE RSVP using this Eventbrite link.

Are you available to help? Please click here to fill out our volunteer form. 

Everyone is welcome!

Sponsored by Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice and American Muslim Voice.
Local faith organizations who are cohosting this event include: All Saints Episcopal Church, Palo Alto; Bahá’í Community of Palo Alto; Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Peace, South Bay Chapter; Berkeley Masjid (Mosque); Chung Tai Zen Center of Sunnyvale; Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos Hills; Congregation Etz Chayim; Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR); Covenant Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto; First Congregational Church, Palo Alto; First Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto; First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto; Keddem Congregation; MVPA Musalla (Muslim Worship Place); Oshman Family Jewish Community Center; Palo Alto Buddhist Temple; People Acting in Community Together (PACT); Peninsula Faith Leaders' Solidarity Cohort; Region 7, Sathya Sai International Organization USA; St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Palo Alto; South Bay Islamic Association; Stanford Memorial Church and Office for Religious Life; Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Los Gatos; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sunnyvale, Social Justice Team; University Lutheran Church of Palo Alto, In memory of Sayed & Razia Inamdar, South Bay Islamic Association, Trinity Church in Menlo Park Episcopal, Carry the Vision, Silicon Valley Inter-religious Council, along with other individuals, businesses and organizations of good will!

 
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