Participating Congregations and Organizations
  • American Muslim Voice
  • Bahá'í Community of Palo Alto
  • 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
  • Mountain View Buddhist Temple
  • Palo Alto Buddhist Temple
  • Palo Alto Friends Meeting
  • St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Palo Alto
  • 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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Exploring Moral Injury and Moral Resources: March 18-19

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This conference, the first of its kind, will explore newly emerging VA research on moral injury and examine effective strategies, theologies and practices in religious communities that can help veterans heal from moral injury and support their families.

Friday's keynote lecture will be given by Dr. Shira Maguen, clinician at San Francisco VA Medical Center and clinical professor at UCSF in the Department of Psychiatry.  A panel of veterans speaking will include Camilo Mejia and Tyler Boudreau and be moderated by Rev. Herman Keizer, U.S. Army Colonel (ret.).  Rabbi Steven Jacobs, Imam Ustadh Abdullah ben Hamid Ali, and Rev. Lizette Larson-Miller will be among the religious leaders presenting faith-based resources to assist in healing moral injury.  On Saturday the keynote speaker will be Rev. Kent Drescher, Ph.D., who has 18 years of clinical experience in treating military veterans, and is co-author of "An Exploration of the Viability and Usefulness of the Construct of Moral Injury in War Veterans."  

The conference, to be held in Berkeley, begins Friday at 12Noon and concludes Saturday at 5pm.  

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The Vision of Reykjavik: Steps Toward A World Free of Nuclear Weapons

You are invited to a series of classes taught by MVPJ Steering Committee member Richard Duda.

What:       A discussion class on how we can reduce the tremendous risk of nuclear weapons
Who:        Dick Duda and Ray Schuster
When:      Four Tuesdays: April 5, 12, 19 and 26, 7:00-9:00 PM
Where:     Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 East Charleston Road, Palo Alto

The purpose of this class is to recover the Vision of Reykjavik - the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons.  We will do this by (a) refreshing our memories about nuclear weapons and their history, (b) bringing us up to date on how nuclear proliferation and the emergence of terrorist groups is changing the equation, and (c) addressing the commonly voiced objections to trying to do anything.  The main thrust will be in providing the information needed for thinking about the issue, and identifying the things that each of us can do to help reduce the nuclear risk.

Click here to download a poster for the event (and post it somewhere!!).

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Congressional Hearings Unfairly Target Islam

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Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice (MVPJ) objects to the presumption of guilt implicit in Congressional hearings under the title "The Radicalization of Muslim communities in America" being convened by Rep. Peter King (R, NY).  Since no religious community can claim exemption from the human tendency to resort to radical violence, it is unfair and very likely unconstitutional for a Congressman to single out Muslims for investigation.  MVPJ stands with those who protest the biased McCarthy-like opinions expressed by Sen. King.  We are sure that a truthful investigation would reveal that American Muslims are as dismayed and frightened by religion-based violence as American Christians, if not more so. 

Working, praying, serving and marching with our Muslim sisters and brothers for the past 8 years, in MVPJ there is no longer an "us" or "them", but only one people, one race, one human family.  Together we must show the rest of our nation and world that the friendship and trust we share cannot be divided.

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Frida Berrigan Speaks Menlo Park March 6

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Nuclear War and Weapons Profit No One is the title for the public lecture to be delivered by Frida Berrigan on Sunday, March 6, at 2pm.  Berrigan, now with the War Resistors' League, was a Senior Program Associate of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation.  Previously she served for eight years as Deputy Director and Senior Research Associate at the Arms Trade Resource Center at the World Policy Institute at the New School in New York City.

The lecture, to be held at the Vallombrosa Center in Menlo Park, is in conjunction with a weekend retreat of the Pacific Life Community.  The weekend will culminate in a peaceful witness on the morning of Monday, March 7, at the main gate of Lockheed-Martin in Sunnyvale.

The Sunday lecture is free and open to the public, and all who are committed to peace and justice are encouraged to join in the witness Monday morning at 8:30am.
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Land of the Free-? Home of the Brave-Yep!

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One of the biggest risks of nonviolent protest is that those whom you are protesting might respond with violence. Ask Mohandas Gandhi and those who struggled for India's independence. Ask Martin Luther King, Jr., and other African-Americans who joined in the civil rights movement. Such was the case most recently in Bahrain on the morning of February 17th. Yet in 2011 in the United States of America, if you were to engage in a silent and nonviolent protest in front of a major national leader, say merely turning your back on her while she was giving a speech on, say, the importance of free speech, would you expect to be brutally beaten and jailed by her security detail? Until receiving an email message from Ray McGovern, we would have answered that question with a resounding no.
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The Human Turbine

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This award winning documentary follows the efforts of Palestinian shepherds and several Israelis that ultimately provide electricity for the tent and cave homes in the Palestinian village of Susia, in the Hebron hills.  Their ever deepening and transformative relationships form the basis for their work together.

Sunday, February 13, 7PM
Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church

728 W. Fremont Ave. (Near Hollenbeck), Sunnyvale
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Haiti Works Photography Exhibit

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Photography by
Marie Josee Mont-Reynaud & Randy Mont-Reynaud

December 2010 - January 2010

St. Marks Episcopal Church
600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto

ON DISPLAY in the Parish Hall: Tuesdays-Fridays 12noon-4pm
VIDEO & DISCUSSION: Sunday, January 16th, 12:15pm

CLOSING RECEPTION:  Friday, January 28th, 6-8pm

Sponsored by:
If Pigs Could Fly - Helping Hillside Haiti
Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice

Download flyers in pdf format:
Click here to download full size flyer for posting.
Click here to download half size flyer with details.

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Listen to Afghan Youth and U.S. Vets in Dialogue

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Whose Children Are These?

On November 28, December 5, 12 and 19, 2010, we listened to Afghan youth and U.S. veterans share experiences of war.  Participants were connected by conference call as Afghan youth from the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers talked with U.S. veterans from Iraq Veterans Against the War.

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Hear Gandhi's Grandson in Palo Alto on October 23

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Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, will speak this Saturday, October 23, at 10am at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 East Meadow Drive (near Middlefield) in Palo Alto. 

Building Bridges for Peace is to be the theme of his presentation.  Dedicated to working for peace between cultures and religions, Dr. Gandhi is the president of the international organization Initiatives for Change. In the first half of 2010, he and his wife, Usha, led a team on a Voyage of Dialogue and Discovery, visiting 15 countries on four continents.  On September 3, 2010, he addressed the United Nations together with the ambassador to the UN from Pakistan on the urgent need for international help for flood victims in Pakistan.  Rajmohan Gandhi is a Research Professor for the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois.  He is the author of several books, including Mohandas: A True Story of a Man, His People and an Empire, a biography of his grandfather.

The event is free and open to the community.

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See and Discuss the Nuclear Tipping Point

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THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 30th - You are invited to a screening of Nuclear Tipping Point followed by a discussion led by Dick Duda. The film will be shown at The Dove and Olive Works, 178 South Blvd -- San Mateo (at the south end of B Street in San Mateo between 16th and Palm). The film will be shown at 7pm with a discussion to follow. The discussion will be based on the study guide which you can download by clicking here (more information is also provided below).

There is no charge to attend this film showing and discussion. All are welcome but please RSVP so we know how many to expect. Click here to contact the event organizer (

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