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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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Deportation or Integration? Discussing the Alternatives: Substance & Process

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MVPJ is proud to be a co-sponsor of this important event on March 9th. Read more for the details
 
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Interfaith Peace Ad - Sign on with us!!

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In the midst of winter holy days,
Bay Area people of faith invite you to join us as we
Work and Pray for Peace
(followed by "peace" in several different languages)
and
Call for an End to the War in Iraq

We invite you, your congregation or organization or community, and/or groups within your congregation to sign this INTERFAITH PEACE AD (see the wording above). The ad will include a list of individual and group sponsors. We will run it in the San Jose Mercury News and Palo Alto Weekly -- and it won't be complete without you!

Individual are asked to donate $20-50 for their names to be listed. Organizations and congregations are asked to donate $50-$200 for their names and websites to be included. ALL the money will be used to run the ad as widely as possible.

TO ADD A NAME, please email multifaithpeace@aol.com with the name exactly as you want it (and website, if signing as an organization/congregation), and then please make out your CHECKS to "First Presbyterian Church/MVPJ" indicating "Peace Ad" on it - and mail it to First Presbyterian Church, 1140 Cowper Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301.
 
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American Muslim Voice 4th Annual Peace Convention

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Sunday December 9th you have an opportunity to attend an amazing event - American Muslim Voice's annual convention. You won't want to miss this event!
 
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Honor God - Stop Torture!

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TAKE THE PEACE TRAIN TO ABOLISH TORTURE

Honor God - Stop Torture!
Friday, November 16
Caltrain #138 to San Jose
12Noon - Vigil & press conference in front of Jeppesen office
225 W. Santa Clara, San Jose

Ride the peace train from wherever you are (San Mateo, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Mountain View, see schedule below) to the San Jose Diridon Station on Cahill Street (or join us there). We will process from the train station (leaving at 11:40am) to the office building of Jeppesen International Flight Planning (2/3 of a mile) for a 12 noon vigil and press conference. Jeppesen is accused of knowingly providing direct flight services to the CIA for "extraordinary renditions" - the illegal practice of transporting people overseas where they are subject to torture. Just one year ago, on October 30, 2006, Jane Mayer exposed Jeppesen's involvement in The New Yorker article entitled "Outsourcing: The CIA's Travel Agent." Speakers will include the Rev. Ben Daniel of Foothill Presbyterian Church in San Jose.
 
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Conversation with Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst

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Join us for this wonderful opportunity for informal conversation with Ray McGovern on Wednesday, Oct 17, 6:30-8:30pm at the First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave. (at Bryant) in Palo Alto. The topic will be the role of people of faith in a time of war. The concern of a possible US attack on Iran will be discussed.

Ray McGovern worked as a CIA analyst for 27 years and gave the daily briefings to then-vice-president George H.W. Bush. He now is on staff at Church of the Savior in Washington, D.C., writing and speaking across the country for Tell the Word, "Speaking Truth to Power." Ray is co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. His articles have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Miami Herald, The International Herald Tribune, the Suddeutsche Zeitung, and the Berliner Tagesspiege, and he has appeared on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer on several different occasions.

A simple soup supper will be served. RSVP's are helpful to multifaithpeace@aol.org or call 650-569-3416.

$5-$15 donation requested, but no one turned away.
 

Peninsula Peace Procession

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The Iraq War Moratorium continues on the third Friday of every month. October 19 will feature a Peninsula Peace Procession, leaving from San Jose and Burlingame at 3pm, traveling along El Camino Real so people can join in with cars, bikes, or cheer us on along the road.

 
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"Ghosts of Abu Ghraib" showing

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On Wednesday October 24th at 7pm, Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice and the First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto will join with over 500 congregations nation-wide in watching the HBO documentary "Ghosts of Abu Ghraib" directed by Rory Kennedy. "Ghosts of Abu Ghraib" is an 80 minute film that digs beneath the headlines to investigate the psychological and political context in which torture occurred and asks critical questions about how it happened and how it affects America's credibility as a defender of freedom and human rights.
 
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Vigil to End the Death Penalty

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In conjunction with Amnesty International's Weekend of Faith and Action, please join us on
Saturday, October 20, 12 noon
at Lytton Plaza (corner of University and Emerson) in Palo Alto.
 

Interfaith Call for Peace with Michael Lerner

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Interfaith Call for Peace, Prayer and Fasting
In response to a national call from Jewish, Islamic, Protestant, Roman Catholic and other faith leaders for an interfaith fast for peace on October 8, local religious leaders will hold a multifaith service on Sunday, October 7, at 6pm in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, urging people of all spiritual paths to reclaim their tradition's call for peace and justice, and to pray, fast and work for an end to the war in Iraq and the ever spreading violence at home. A musical group with violin, oboe and cello will offer music for a time of prayer, and speakers will include Nichola Torbett, Director of National Programs for the Network of Spiritual Progressives, and Rabbi Sheldon Lewis, Honorably Retired.

Public Covenant for Peace - featuring Rabbi Michael Lerner
In the spirit of the Muslim observance of Ramadan, many people of faith will fast from sunrise to sunset on Monday, October 8th. Everyone (whether or not you fast) is invited to a public gathering at Lytton Plaza (corner of University and Emerson in Palo Alto) on Monday beginning at 6:00pm for a Covenant for Peace and concluding with breaking of the fast at 6:45pm. Rabbi Michael Lerner of the Tikkun Community will offer the keynote address, and Muslim sisters and brothers will lead us in breaking our fast.
 
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Rep. Anna Eshoo to Co-Sponsor Anti-Torture Measure

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Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice is pleased to announce that Rep. Anna Eshoo (D. Palo Alto) will co-sponsor H.R. 1352: Torture Outsourcing Prevention Act.
 
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