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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"Soldiers of Conscience" film & discussion with Associate Producer

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"Soldiers of Conscience" Film & Discussion with Associate Producer
Wednesday, October 1, 7pm
St. Paul's United Methodist Church
405 South 10th Street, San Jose

Filmed with the permission of the US Army, this documentary tackles the question every soldier must ask - is it ever acceptable to kill another human being? Interviewing several Conscientious Objectors from the Iraq war as well as teachers at West Point, the film provides a thoughtful exploration of conscience, morality and war.

Associate Producer Ian Slattery will lead discussion and respond to Q&A following the film.

"Soldiers of Conscience" will be aired on PBS October 16th (check local listings). Don't miss this opportunity to see the film and have time for reflection with other community members and one of the Associate Producers.

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Seven years after 9/11, a request for prayers and peace from AMV

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From American Muslim Voice - Striving to create a culture of peace, acceptance, mutual respect and harmony

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Soldiers of Conscience film & discussion with Tobias Wolff

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The award winning documentary "Soldiers of Conscience" will be shown on Wednesday, September 10, 7PM, at the First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto, as the opening of the fall series, "Faithful Citizens Go to the Polls". Made with official permission from the US Army, "Soldiers of Conscience" includes never before seen footage of basic training and the war in Iraq, and interviews with a West Point ethics instructor as well as several Conscientious Objectors. Well-known author and Vietnam veteran Tobias Wolff will lead the discussion following the film. Co-director and co-producer Catherine Ryan will be present for the screening and available for Q&A.
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American Muslim Voice 4th Annual Open House August 23rd

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On Saturday, August 23, 2008, from 5:30 to 8:30 P.M., AMV Foundation is hosting its Fourth Annual Open House at 120 Park Ave in Palo Alto.
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Eyes Wide Open Exhibit

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Eyes Wide Open, the American Friends Service Committee’s widely-acclaimed exhibition on the human cost of the Iraq War, features a pair of boots honoring each California military casualty, a labyrinth of civilian shoes to memorialize the Iraqis killed in the conflict, and a display exploring the history, cost and consequences of the war. Come to Kings' Plaza in Palo Alto (corner of Hamilton and Ramona, in front of the City Hall) to honor and grieve for the lost lives of loved ones and strangers, near and far. An ongoing vigil with the boots and shoes will begin Saturday, May 3rd at 10 a.m. and continue through the day and night until Sunday, May 4th at 6 p.m.

Special Events at the Vigil:

Opening Ceremony, Saturday, 12Noon: Prayers from Diverse Faith Traditions, Music, Speaker: Cindy Sheehan "Peace Mom" whose son Casey was killed while serving in Iraq

Taps, Saturday, 8pm (sundown) followed by time of silence

Film "Arlington West", Saturday 8:30pm: A 45 minute documentary telling the story of the "temporary cemetery in the sand" erected every Sunday by the Veterans for Peace in Santa Barbara, Santa Monica and other locations. A flag draped coffin and over 4000 wooden crosses, placed lovingly on the beach, invite the public to honor fallen U.S. soldiers and lament the cost of war.
(Bring your coats and blankets or chairs to sit on!)

Reading of Names, Sunday, 2pm: The names and ages of each of the 432 soldiers from California who have died in this war will be read, along with 432 names of Iraqi civilians who have been killed. Prayers and Silence.

Closing Ceremony, Sunday, 6pm: Speaker Gold Star Families Speak Out mother Karen Meredith, whose son Ken Ballard was killed while serving in Iraq; Prayers from Diverse Faith Traditions

The Eyes Wide Open exhibit will also be offered at Stanford White Plaza Friday, May 2, 10am-6pm and at Santa Clara University (near new library) Monday and Tuesday, May 5 & 6, 10am-8pm.
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MVPJ Asks Judge To Thoroughly Review Dr. Sami Al-Arian's Detention

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MVPJ is sending the following letter to Judge Gerald Lee in the hopes that Dr. Sami Al-Arian will get fair treatment from our court system. He is currently on a hunger strike.

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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)
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 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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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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