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Participating Congregations and Organizations
  • American Muslim Voice
  • 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
  • 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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Flyers for Sept 11, 2017 Peaceful Presence

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Sept. 11 Peaceful Presence: Multifaith Prayers for Peace & Justice

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Mark this Day for Peace, Justice and Inclusion
Monday, September 11, 7-8pm
King Plaza (at Hamilton & Ramona) in Palo Alto

Let us join to celebrate our common humanity and shared commitment to a world of peace, justice and inclusion. Prayers, reflections, music and rituals from diverse religious traditions will call us to unity and compassion as we make a public affirmation for peace. Those of all faiths and of no formal faith are more than welcome.

At 5:30-7pm there will be a Multifaith Peace Picnic, also on King Plaza, sponsored by American Muslim Voice along with over two dozen Peace Partners, including MVPJ.  Come for that and have more opportunity to cultivate community and friendship. Our Peaceful Presence Gathering will immediately follow the picnic.

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Bring a sweater or something to keep you warm, as it can get cool and breezy on the plaza!


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Together at the Table: A Potluck for Peace

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Sunday, August 20
5-7PM
Oshmann Family Jewish Community Center
Outdoors at the Jessica Lynn Saal Town Square
FREE

Hosted by the Oshmann Family Jewish Community Center, this potluck is to honor our diversity and common humanity.  In the face of last week's hateful events, we are dedicating this meal to diversity, inclusion, equality and open conversation. Leave your signs at home and bring a dish to share with your neighbor. (Please no pork or shellfish.) Tableware, cultery and beautiful outdoor setting will be provided by the JCC.

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Rally for Equality and Diversity in Mountain View

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Saturday, Aug. 19, 1-3pm
Mountain View City Hall, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View

In response to the planned right-wing "March on Google" this Saturday, August 19, Mountain View Voices for Peace and Justice, along with other organizations and individuals, will be holding a rally in Mountain View Civic Center Plaza to demonstrate our area's support for the human rights principles of equality and diversity. The rally will take place from 1 pm to 3 pm on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Mercy and Castro Streets in Mountain View.

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A New Map for Relationships: Creating True Love at Home and Peace on the Planet

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Sunday, July 23, 7pm
First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto
Kohlstedt Hall
625 Hamilton, Palo Alto

Dorothie and Martin Hellman, authors of A New Map for Relationships: Creating True Love at Home and Peace on the Planet, will tell how they tranformed an almost failed marriage into one where they reclaimed the true love that they felt when they first met fifty years ago. They will also explain why the lessons they learned are the same ones the nations of the world need to grasp to build a more peaceful, sustainable planet.

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March for Nuclear Abolition and Global Survival

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Rally, March & Nonviolent Direct Action
Wed., August 9, 8am
Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab
Corner of Vasco & Patterson Pass Road, Livermore

Commemorate the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the place where new US nuclear weapons are created today. Change the future!

Program features:
Daniel Ellsberg (pictured above) - renown whistleblower, former Pentagon War Planner, disarmament advocate
Emma's Revolution (pictured below) - acclaimed singer/songwriter duo of Pat Humphries and Sandy O
Christine Hong - North Korea expert, UC Santa Cruz
Marylia Kelley - nuclear weapons watchdog, Executive Director at Tri-Valley CAREs
Barbara Rose Johnston - advisor to the Marshall Islands radiation claims tribunal, senior research fellow, Santa Cruz
Jan Kirsch, M.D., M.P.H. - medical oncologist, global warming specialist at SF Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility
Hibakusha speaker invited


8am Program
9:15am March - Bring large photos of people, animals or nature for which you care deeply; drummers, singers, guitarists, traditional Japanese bon dance & symbolic die-in at the Lab's West Gate followed by an optional opportunity for those who wish to peaceably risk arrest in the gates. Civil disobedience and risking arrest is not expected or required of anyone.

MVPJ is a cosponsor in memory of our dear friend and colleague the Rev. John Beverley Butcher, who faithfully participated in this nonviolent action for many years.

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Diverse Ways to Offer Care & Sanctuary for These Times

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Discussion on Ways to Support Immigrants, Refugees, Muslims and Others
Thursday, July 13, 7pm
First Congregational Church
1985 Louis Road., Palo Alto

Join a discussion of ways faith communities and individuals can support immigrants, refugees, Muslims and others who are threatened. "Sanctuary" can mean many things. Rev. Deb Lee of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity has vast experience in helping communities and individuals discern and find concrete ways to engage.  Options such as advocacy, networking, accompaniment as well as providing physical sanctuary will be discussed. Congregations not ready or able to offer physical sanctuary can still find important ways to actively participate.  

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A Friends (Quaker) Called Meeting for Public Worship with a Concern for Humane Treatment of All U.S. Residents

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Wednesday, July 12, 12noon-12:45pm
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office
200 Vineyard Court, Morgan Hill

In a time of political and economic polarization, acknowledging the underlying humanity of those who differ in opinion and behavior requires more than toleration; we seek a sense of mutual kinship that crosses such barriers. Please join us.

This will be a Quaker silent worship as a public demonstration of our moral values. Parking is available on Vinyard Blvd, 1/2 block away. (This location is signed "No parking," but police indicate it is OK for one hour.) Click here for goggle map.

Plan on standing for worship and being in the hot sum. There will be a limited number of stools available. Hats, sunscreen and water recommended.

Optional lunch afterwards at Betsy's Restuarant, 50 Tennant Station, Morgan Hill, 95037.

 
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Rapid Response Training to Support Immigrants in Our Community

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Wednesday, June 21, 7-9:30pm
First Congregational Church, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto

Help keep families together!

Learn about solidarity, accompaniment for detained families, community-led deportation defense, and how you can be involved.

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Sponsored by Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice, Sacred Heart Community Service, PACT, and Pangea Legal Services.

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