Topics

Participating Congregations and Organizations
  • American Muslim Voice
  • 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)
  • Trinity Church in Menlo Park (Episcopal)
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
  • West Bay Chapter, Buddhist Peace Fellowship

Who's Online
Registered Users: 1
Guest Users: 3

No "war on Christmas" but Opportunities to Learn, Respect and Love

 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

Fr. Kevin O'Brien, a Jesuit priest and Dean of the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley (part of Santa Clara University) is featured in this video, inviting us all to a culture of encounter, not confrontation.

"Jesus was concerned about promoting what he called the 'reign of God.' This reign, this community of justice, peace and love -- that to him was more important than any title for himself."

In a pluralistic society, we need to listen, respect and learn from people who are different than us. Quoting Pope Francis, O'Brien claims, "Whenever we encounter another person in love, we learn something about God."

 
read more

Watch "The Sultan and the Saint" on PBS on Dec. 26, 8pm

 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

PBS will broadcast "The Sultan and the Saint" nationwide on Tuesday, December 16. The film is a powerful depiction of Muslim-Christian peace, telling the story of St. Francis of Assisi’s trip to Egypt during the wars of the Fifth Crusade (1217-1221).  Francis enters Sultan al-Kamil’s military camp, and through dialogue and prayer, the two lay the groundwork for an end to the bloodshed. Narrated by Jeremy Irons, the film also includes interviews by scholars, historians and religious leaders.

"The Sultan and the Saint" will show on the local PBS station KQED from 8pm-9pm, Tuesday, Dec. 26. Check local listing for other times.

Islamic Scholar Homayra Ziad observes, "These two were indeed seeking peace in the midst of war, so they were open to being transformed by the person who was alledgedly their enemy." Set in the past, the film speaks with urgency to our present world.

You are also encouraged to host a broadcast viewing party in your home, congregation or community. Sign-up by clicking here and a discussion guide will be provided.

 
read more

Statement of Solidarity and Protest

 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

As persons of faith representing diverse religious traditions and commitments, Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice stands in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters and decries any effort to divide communities, intimidate adherents of Islam, and propagate hatred, racism, and disunity. Together with the Archbishop of Canterbury and other religious leaders throughout the world, we believe God calls on us to love one another and to support the flourishing of all peoples and nations on earth. 

We therefore call on the government of the United States and the President in particular to disavow the extremist propaganda of Britain First and other hate-mongering organizations. We urge Mr. Trump to remove his recent retweets of this group and make clear his opposition to all acts of bigotry and attempts to intimidate and increase divisions. We appeal to our government, faith communities, and all people to work ardently for healing, respect and unity.

 
read more

Friday Statewide Call to Action!

 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

California Religious Freedom Act, SB 31 has been signed by Governor Brown!  Thanks to all who helped make sure this happened! 

SB 31 WILL prohibit a state or local agency from participating in a federal program to create a database based on a person’s religious beliefs, national origin, or ethnicity for law enforcement or immigration purposes.  SB 31 WILL also prevent state and local law enforcement agencies from collecting information on the religious beliefs, practices, or affiliations of an individual except under certain circumstances. SB 31 will bar state and local agencies from participating in ineffective and harmful programs that undermine public safety and diminish public trust in law enforcement, while also fulfilling California’s duty to ensure equal treatment under the law, regardless of race, religion, or national origin. The bill is co-sponsored by the ACLU of California, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - California, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations California.

SB 54, the California Values Act, has been signed by Governor Brown!  This bill will ban the use of state and local resources from carrying out the work of federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in deportation actions, essentially making California a Sanctuary state. This is a huge step in standing up for immigrants and those who could become targets of the Trump administration.

Contact information for Gov. Brown and local Senators and Assemblymembers can be found below.

 
read more

CAIR Information about new Muslim Ban

 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

Our colleagues at the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) California/San Francisco Bay Area have issued a very helpful Community Advisory on the new discriminatory ban signed on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. Click here to download.

What you can do:

Join the Bay Area No Muslim Ban Ever vigil in San Francisco on Monday, Oct. 9, 6-8pm. 

Submit comments on "Extreme Visa Vetting" to Trump Administration. Click here for CAIR's helpful background and suggested comment prompts. Please join us in a loud and clear message that we people of faith we stand against this anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and anti-refugee proposal.

 
read more

Taking the War Out of Our Words

 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

A four-hour workshop with Sharon Strand Ellison
Sunday, Sept. 24, 1-5pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto
$20 donation requested; no one turned away for lack of funds

Sharon Strand Ellison is an author and communication consultant who will introduce participants to the art of powerful nondefensive communication. This is not a technique for winning arguments, but a path to verbal disarmament.

Click here to download a flyer.

 
read more

Flyers for Sept 11, 2017 Peaceful Presence

 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

Help spread the word! Please post, share, and distribute widely!

To download 9/11 Peaceful Presence flyers simply click below:
Full color PDF
Fill color JPG
White background PDF (for easier printing)

 
read more

Sept. 11 Peaceful Presence: Multifaith Prayers for Peace & Justice

 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

Mark this Day for Peace, Justice and Inclusion
Monday, September 11, 7-8pm
King Plaza (at Hamilton & Ramona) in Palo Alto

Let us join to celebrate our common humanity and shared commitment to a world of peace, justice and inclusion. Prayers, reflections, music and rituals from diverse religious traditions will call us to unity and compassion as we make a public affirmation for peace. Those of all faiths and of no formal faith are more than welcome.

At 5:30-7pm there will be a Multifaith Peace Picnic, also on King Plaza, sponsored by American Muslim Voice along with over two dozen Peace Partners, including MVPJ.  Come for that and have more opportunity to cultivate community and friendship. Our Peaceful Presence Gathering will immediately follow the picnic.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Click here to see ways you can help and sign-up for what you can do.

Visit, like and link to our Facebook Event page.

Bring a sweater or something to keep you warm, as it can get cool and breezy on the plaza!


Download 9/11 Peaceful Presence flyers and help spread the word!
Full color PDF
Fill color JPG
White background PDF (for easier printing)

 
read more

Volunteer Signup




View Printable VersionEmail Article To a Friend

Together at the Table: A Potluck for Peace

 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

Sunday, August 20
5-7PM
Oshmann Family Jewish Community Center
Outdoors at the Jessica Lynn Saal Town Square
FREE

Hosted by the Oshmann Family Jewish Community Center, this potluck is to honor our diversity and common humanity.  In the face of last week's hateful events, we are dedicating this meal to diversity, inclusion, equality and open conversation. Leave your signs at home and bring a dish to share with your neighbor. (Please no pork or shellfish.) Tableware, cultery and beautiful outdoor setting will be provided by the JCC.

The flyer for the event is required for admission. Please download, print and bring with you.

 
read more