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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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In Memory of Marla Ruzicka

MVPJ Steering Committee Member Craig Wiesner, and MVPJ webmaster Derrick Kikuchi, and David Mineau (spouse of Diana Gibson) were part of an interfaith delegation in Afghanistan in 2002 where we met and worked with Marla Ruzicka. We share in the grief of her family, friends, and the world over her death. We also celebrate her life and her life's work. The following is a story written by Craig Wiesner about the memorial service that took place on May 3rd in San Francisco. On that same evening, a total of 20 memorial services were held in her honor across the country.
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2nd Anniversary of Iraq War

We gathered to mourn, to pray for peace, and to speak out against war. Read about our incredible worship experience marking the 2nd anniversary of the Iraq war.
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Christian Peacemakers Freed!

After four months in captivity, three members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams have been freed. We rejoice at their release while still mourning the loss of Tom Fox, the 4th member of the team who had been killed.
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Producing Peace

Producing Peace - A Multifaith Social Action Workshop for Middle School Students

Our organization was delighted to have two Stanford students as interns, who put together a curriculum for Middle School students on issues of injustice and how they can take nonviolent action to create change. The program culminates in the students creating their own "street theater" skits.

The program was recently delivered at a Palo Alto Middle school. Click here to read a story from the Palo Alto Weekly.

If your school or organization would like to have this workshop offered for your youth, please contact us.




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Special Event

CAN WE CREATE A LANGUAGE OF PEACE IN THE WORLD TODAY?

with Rev. Byron Bland

Co-sponsored by St. Athanasius Peace and Justice Committee, Pax Christi Stanford, Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice

Wednesday, December 1 @ 7:30 PM

St. Athanasius Church
160 N. Rengstorff Avenue, Mountain View
( Between Central Expressway and Hwy 101)


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Veteran's Day Event


Photo credit: Derrick Kikuchi

Veteran's Day 2004 - Envisioning An End To War
Sponsored by Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice and Stanford University Office of Religious Life

An interfaith service of prayer, remembrance, silence, and hope was held on Thursday, November 11th at Memorial Church, Stanford University

Clockwise Jazib Zahir (Muslim), Rabbi Karlin-Neumann (Jew), Rev. Joanne Sanders (Christian), and Rachel Enslow (Baha'i) call people to prayer at the beginning of a Veteran's Day remembrance seeking to envision an end to war.



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Kathleen Namphy to Speak About Iraqi Detainees

Thursday, July 15, 7pm - 9pm
All Saints' Episcopal Church
555 Waverley St., Palo Alto

On Thursday, July 15, Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice (MVPJ) will sponsor a 7:00 PM program at All Saints' Episcopal Church (555 Waverley St. Palo Alto) featuring Kathleen Namphy, member of the Iraq team of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). Kathleen will be speaking about her work with Iraqi detainees.
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Faces of War and Terror Workshop

Explore war and terror and create a mask to tell your story.

During this one day workshop led by Susan Galleymore, you will accept a role, create a mask for that role, and, at the end of the day, tell your story about war and terror. Roles include but are not limited to US, Afghani, and Iraqi children, mothers, fathers, US soldier, Bush, Rumsfeld, Saddam Hussein (even Uday and Qusay if you're so inclined).
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Remembering the Memorial Vigil

On Thursday, May 27, 2004, a few hundred people gathered to honor lives and protest the deaths in an interfaith peace vigil in Palo Alto, California. The San Jose Mercury News covered this vigil (read the news article). The vigil was organized and publicized by Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice.

To respond to numerous requests for the Prayer of Repentance from the vigil and Iraq II, a poem written and recited by the Rev. George Wilson, we've reprinted the text of these below.
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A Mother Speaks Out for Peace

At our Multifaith Call for Peace on March 21st, 2004, our featured speaker was Ms. Susan Galleymore, a mother of a U.S. soldier currently serving in Iraq. Ms. Galleymore is also an author and traveled to Iraq herself this past January to visit her son Nick and to interview Iraqi mothers for an upcoming book giving voice to mothers affected by the War on Terrorism.

Read the text of her speech...
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