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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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MLK Celebration: We Keep Moving Forward

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Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Palo Alto
Sunday, January 17, 3pm
via Zoom

"If you can't fly then run
if you can't run then walk,
if you can't walk then crawl,
but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."

Where do we go from here? We Keep Moving Forward!

An inspiring time for multifaith, multigenerational voices -- singing, dancing and exhorting: A Way Forward!

ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Cllick here to register for this year's virtual celebration. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. You will also receive a reminder of the event with a link to connect.

Featured speakers include the Rev. Dr. Debra Murray, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto and Rabbi Sheldon Lewis, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Kol Emeth and student of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a colleague of Dr. King.  Hear music from Jamey Heath from the Baha'i tradition, and a poem by Naiel Ahmed Chaudry, 6th grader at Bullis Charter School in Los Altos.

 
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Peaceful Presence January 11, 2021

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MVPJ hosted PEACEFUL PRESENCE
Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, 7pm

In light of the violence and brokenness we face
as individuals and as a nation,
this Peaceful Presence features
faith leaders from our local community calling us to
come together and move toward healing and justice.

JOIN US for
INSPIRATION ~ PRAYER ~ SILENCE ~ SONG ~ COMMITMENT

CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the PEACEFUL PRESENCE PROGRAM.

Speakers:

Rev. Dean Koyama, Minister, Palo Alto Buddhist Temple
Dr. Mohammad Nadeem, President, Muslim Community Association of the Bay Area
Rev. Dr. Debra Murray, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto
Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit, Associate Rabbi, Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos Hills
Music from the Baha'i and the Unitarian Universalist traditions

Gathering Musice begins at 6:55pm:
Pete Seeger singing "This Land is Your Land" at the "We Are One" Presidential Inaugural Concert in 2009

 
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Election Opportunities for Prayer & Nonviolent, Faithful Actions

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An unprecedented election in unprecedented times calls for prayer, peace and action. Here are some opportunities (some virtual and some on the streets) that MVPJ recommends.

The Days After Election Day


Friends (Quaker) Talk with an Election Expert: After the Elections, Now What?
Thursday, Nov. 5, 1pm PST
Join Diane Randall, director of Friends Committee on National Legislation online for a post-election day interview with Myrna Perez, director of voting rights and elections democracy at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School. Click here to register.

Protect the Results is a national movement organizing local actions after the election.
Click here to find updated information about events locally and all over the country.

Feed your Spirit with Ella's Song (We who believe in freedom cannot rest), by Bernice Johnson Reagan performed by San Jose State University Choirs. Click here for youtube performance.

Campaign Nonviolence (with whom MVPJ works closely) has a rich list of Election Action Suggestions

FAITH LEADERS are urged to sign this letter calling on the Supreme Court to ensure every vote is counted. Join Auburn Seminary, Bend the Arc, Faith in Public Life, Faith in Action and Sojourners. Note a faith leader? Then please reach out personally and urge the leader of your faith community to sign.

 

Rigged Virtual Screening and Live Q&A with film producer and local pastor

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Please join the Rev. Debra Murray (First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto) and film producer Mac Heller for a virtual sceening of the film Riggged: The Voter Suppression Playbook followed by live Q&A.

Sunday, September 20, 7PM (PDT)

Click here to register on the Eventbrite page and a Zoom link with be sent to you 48 hours in advance of the event.

 

Sept 11 Peaceful Presence: Multifaith Peace Picnic & Prayers (virtual of course!)

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Multifaith Peace Picnic & Prayers
Friday, Sept. 11, 5:30-6:45pm (NOTE EARLIER START TIME!)
Hosted by American Muslim Voice

Let us move from fear to friendship!

This annual event always hosted with American Muslim Voice will be held virtually this year.
5:30 - Multifaith Prayers and Program
Prayers from diverse faith traditions, poems for peace written and read by children, and featured speakers:
  - Rev. Dr. Emma Jordon-Simpson - Executive Director of Fellowship of Reconciliation
  - Nancy Meyer - Member of Peaceful Tomorrows and sister-in-law of 9/11 Flight victim Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas
  - Dr. Dot Maver - Peacebuilder, educator, co-founder of Global Silent Minute, National Peace Academy USA
Closing ceremony: Light the night for peace and justice

The ability to make our country safe,
secure, peaceful and
harmonious lies in our hands.

Everyone is welcome!
We invite you, your friends and your family
to be a part of this community building event.

Use the Zoom link below to join us!

 
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75th Anniversary of bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

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"We are badly off course in efforts to honor the plea of the hibakusha -- the survivors of the 1945 atomic bombings -- and end the nuclear threat." -Kazumi Matsui, Mayor of Hiroshima

As people from diverse faiths, we have all been taught the intrinsic value of each human life, and the preciousness of all creation. And so it is we are all called - compelled - to speak out against the horrific destruction and death caused by nuclear weapons. We cannot ignore the stories of suffering and loss wrought upon our siblings in Japan 75 years ago, and we must do all within our power to end the threat of nuclear weapons.

See our August web calendar for a multitude of opportunities from August 2-9 to hear the voices of survivors, to pray for peace and the transformation of hearts and minds that allow us to continue to even contemplate such devastation, to discuss actions that will help lead our government and our world back on track for nuclear disarmament.

 
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Campaign Nonviolence National Conference Aug 6-8 Online

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Campaign Nonviolence National Conference
Embracing the Nonviolence Shift
Marking the 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

August 6: Online Vigil for Hiroshima and Nagasaki
(5pm PDT)
August 7: Online Nonviolence Training
(12Noon PDT)
August 8: Online Conference
(9am PDT)

CLICK HERE for full 3 day schedule and list of speakers.

Experience the wisdom of nonviolence visionaries, scholars and practitioners
Hear of concrete pathways to build a transformed world -- a world free of racism, poverty, war and environmental crisis.
In this time of great transition ushered in by a worldwide crisis, nonviolence offers us what we need right now: vision, strategies and practices that will equip us to live and lead in the direction of personal and societal transformation.

Featured speakers include Dr. Ira Helford, MD (Steering Committee of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) which was the recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize), Roshi Joan Halifax (Upaya Zen Center), Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. (minister, activist, President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus), Rev. Richard Rohr (Center for Action and Contemplation, theologian, religious leader, author, Franciscan priest), Dr. Erica Chenowith (Harvard University, social scientist and scholar on nonviolence), and many others. Click here for full list of speakers. 

Registration Information:
August 6 Vigil - Free but registration required
August 7 Nonviolence Training - $20
August 8 Conference - $50
Student discounts 50% and other scholarships available.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

 

 
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Digital MASS POOR PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY this Saturday!

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A National Call for Moral Renewal
Mass Poor People's Assembly and
Moral March on Washington

is going digital
June 20, 2020 (7am & 3pm PDT)

On June 20th, the Poor People's Campaign will hold the largest digital and social media gathering of poor and low-wealth people, moral and religious leaders, advocates, and people of conscience in this nation’s history. The Poor People's Campaign is a movement of tens of thousands of people across the country who are organizing to end the interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and militarism, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. JOIN THEM NOW!

PLEDGE TO JOIN HERE & NOW!

ON SATURDAY, JUNE 20, hear poor and impacted people testify about their experiences of systemic racism, poverty, militarism, immigration and more, introduced by activists and actors including Former Vice President Al Gore, Danny Glover, Erika Alexander, Jane Fonda, David Oyelowo, Wanda Sykes and Debra Messing.

The Mass Poor People's Assembly and Moral March on Washington is a 2.5 hour program that will be broadcast on SATURDAY, JUNE 20th, at 7am and 3pm PDT and again on Sunday, June 21 at 3pm PDT.

The Poor People's Campaign is organizing this gathering with more than 100 partner organizations including 16 religious denominations.

 
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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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