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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"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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Environmental Justice in Israel/Palestine

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Join us on October 14th at 7pm for an evening with BUSTAN, a partnership of Jewish and Arab eco-builders.
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How to Make the World a Better Place

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How often do you get a chance to see the worldwide debut of a documentary film featuring Palo Alto people making the world a better place? Well..... you'll get that chance on October 27th if you attend the How to Make the World a Better Place conference at Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church! The film includes a segment on the creation of the Opportunity Center.
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Stop at 11:30

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Life goes on across this country, every day, for most people, as though we are not at war. What would it take to get people to take just two minutes, across the country, together - to remind everyone that we are at war?
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Prayers and Support Free Canadian ICE Detainee

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Doug Richardson's father, Bob, flew from Calgary to San Francisco and after a few days was able to put his son on a plane home. It is now Sunday morning July 8th and Doug is home! His father is staying a while longer to talk with people and visit the Oak Grove where this ordeal began.
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Myths and Realities in a Nation of Immigrants

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On July 2nd, MVPJ, American Muslim Voice and KQED hosted an immigration forum. Read more about it here.
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Samina Faheem Recognized for Peace Leadership

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Samina Faheem Sundas, Executive Director of the American Muslim Voice, and her organization the American Muslim Voice will receive (the Fellowship of Reconciliation) FOR's Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize for their work to bridge the gap between communities and unite us all under the umbrella of our common humanity.

Samina Faheem is also a member of the MVPJ steering committee.
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