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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Building Bridges for Peace Adult Interfaith Series

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Building Bridges for Peace, in honor of the Rev. Don Mason, is an interfaith study series at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto to which people of all faiths are invited.  It is organized by Covenant's Faithworks with support from Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice.  Beginning Sunday, September 26, 12:30-1:30pm, the series will continue weekly through October 31, exploring peace from the perspective of Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism.  The highlight will be a presentation on Saturday, October 23 at 10am by Professor Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and colleague of Rev. Mason. All events will take place at Covenant Church, located at 670 East Meadow Drive (near Middlefield and Mitchell Park) in Palo Alto.

While open to the community and free of charge, we do ask that people expecting to attend any of the sessions register to help in planning food for a simple lunch (at 12:15pm) and reading material. Click here to let us know you will be join us. Participants are encouraged to read portions of the book No Enemy to Conquer: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World, by Michael Henderson.  Click here to download a Reader's Guide for the series.

Rev. Don Mason was pastor at Covenant from 1975-1990 and a leader in the faith community here.  While later serving a church in Illinois, he met and worked for multifaith cooperation with Professor Gandhi. Rev. Mason died in a hiking accident in 2009. 

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Quaker Initiative to End Torture Conference

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Hear internationally known anti-torture activists Scott Horton and Fr. Roy Bourgeois on September 24-26 at the Quaker Center in Ben Lomond, CA! 

Keynote speaker Scott Horton is a human rights lawyer and author, and is one of the most tenacious reporters and investigators on issues of torture and accountability. 

Special guest Fr. Roy Bourgeois, a decorated Vietnam Veteran and former missionary to Bolivia, is the founder of the School of Americas Watch and leader in the effort to end US involvement in torture. 

Everyone is welcome, but registration is required. 

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Unity NOT Division

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Rev. Diana Gibson, one of MVPJ's leaders, and a large group of faith leaders from the Bay Area gathered yesterday for a press conference, urging unity instead of division, in light of plans for a Florida pastor to make September 11th a day to burn the Koran.

At the end of the report, you will have heard about a rally in San Jose on Friday September 10th. We encourage you to attend that event. 

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Interfaith Witness for Peace - September 19th

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The costs of war are too high. Together we can build a world of peace. Join us at Heritage Park and St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Palo Alto on September 19th from 3pm to 5pm. Visit the World Peace Village in Heritage Park, participate in activities for children and adults, building a world of peace. Then, at 4pm, there will be an interfaith peace service in the church with music, prayers, and speakers from Palestine/Israel, Iraq, and Afghanistan, sharing their hopes for and concrete ways we can create, a world of peace.

Click here to download a flyer in Microsoft Word format

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September 11: A Day for Unity and Peace

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September 11 was a tragedy that struck Americans of all religions.  On that terrible day nine years ago, we were united by grief, and our losses have made the day a solemn and even a sacred one.  Now a Florida pastor named Terry Jones has desecrated that memory by planning to burn Korans on September 11, seeking to turn grief into intolerance.
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Pakistan Flood Fundraiser

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Come to First Presbyterian Church Palo Alto's Fellowship Hall (1140 Cowper Street / Palo Alto) on August 29th from 2pm to 7pm for a fundraiser to help Pakistan's flood victims. This event is sponsored by American Muslim Voice. 

At the event you'll be able to view and buy:

Exquisite hand-made products from India made by organizations supporting income generation for communities will be offered to help raise money for Pakistan flood relief.

Products will include fancy evening handbags of the royal Mughal era, intricately embroidered kantha scarves and bedcovers, Kashmiri scarves, rugs, cushion covers, handbags, and elegant and festive Kurtis.

Proceeds after costs will be given to relief organizations in Pakistan.


Defusing the Nuclear Threat Spring 2010 Series

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With President Obama about to sign an historic new nuclear weapons treaty with Russia, and the United States Congress about to take that treaty up for ratification, MVPJ invites you to attend this important series of lectures at Stanford University in Spring 2010. Read more for details.
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Listen to the Voices of Children Born in Lands at War: A Quaker Meeting Called in Hope of an End to War

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Join us on March 21st at 2pm at Lytton Plaza to listen to, and then silently reflect upon the voices of children from war-torn places around the world, as together we pray for peace. Our time together will include music, multifaith prayers, letters from children around the world, and silence.

Click here to download/print a flyer (and please spread the word).


Mothers Day Witness for Peace

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Plan now to join our Multifaith Witness for Peace in Palo Alto on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9 at 3pm.

The first Mother’s Day was called for by Julia Ward Howe in 1870 with a passionate plea for peace and disarmament. 
Her proclamation reads, in part:

Arise, all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or tears! … 
We, women of one country, will be too tender of those of another to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. …
From the bosom of the devastated earth, a voice goes up with our own.  It says, “Disarm, Disarm!” 
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice. … 
Let us solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace.

Inspired once again by Ward’s call, we want to gather people of all faiths and spiritual backgrounds for a Multifaith Worship and Public Witness calling ourselves and our nation to turn away from the ways of war and destruction and choose instead the paths which lead to peace, reconciliation and justice. We will include a reading of letters from children in war-torn countries that express their fears and dreams. We intend our witness to be prophetic, courageous, respectful and inspiring! We hope it will lead us all to a deeper commitment to work together for a world that is safe and life-giving for all, especially the children. 

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day!

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AMV 2010 Peace Convention: Replacing the culture of despair, division and violence with a culture of hope, inclusion and peace.

Join American Muslim Voice for their annual peace convention on March 20th at the Muslim Community Association in Santa Clara. Read more for details.

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