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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Matching Campaign for the Amah Mutsun Land Trust

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Join the $20K Matching Campaign for the Amah Mutsun Land Trust Land Acquisition Fund by June 19th

MVPJ is pleased to invite participation in the $20K matching campaign of our local ally and partner SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice of Sacred Heart Community Service) to contribute to the Land Trust Land Acquisition Fund of our local indigenous Amah Mutsun Tribal Band to enable them to buy back land they consider to be sacred when it goes up for sale.

To participate in the match campaign up to $20,000, individuals may pledge or contribute before June 19 through this link This link takes you to an online form provided by SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice of Sacred Heart). Click in the OneTime box to direct your gift to take advantage of the SURJ match for the Amah Mutsun Land Trust fund. (If you would prefer to donate by check, please direct the check to Sacred Heart Community Service (care of Jen Myhre, SURJ) at 1381 S. First St., San Jose, CA 95110, with a note that the gift is for the Amah Mutsun Land Trust Land Acquisition Fund.)

Many of us are looking for ways to act on our frequent words of land acknowledgement. This is one way that MVPJ invites you to consider doing just that.

To learn more about the Amah Mutsun Land Trust Land Acquisition Fund, click here.

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Nuclear Weapons & Prophetic Protest & "The Nuns, the Priests and the Bombs"

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Nuclear Weaponse and Prophetic Protest:
A discussion of the documentary "The Nuns, the Priests, and the Bombs"
Tuesday, May 23, 4-5:30pm
Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, St. Clare Room in the University Library
or on Zoom (Click here to register for Zoom link)
A screening of the documentary will take place earlier that afternoon, 2-3:30pm also in SCU's St. Clare Room.
The panel will include:
Helen Young, filmmaker of "The Nuns, the Priests and the Bombs," and Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist;
Jackie Cabasso, nuclear disarmament advocate, international speaker and expert, and Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation;
Plowshares faith-based activists featured in the film; and
moderator Tony Cortese, Director of Ignatian Spirituality at Santa Clara University.

Both events are free and open to the public.
(There is a fee for on-campus parking, however Caltrain stops right across the street from the University, so consider that as a good option!)

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ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Repeal the 2002 War Authorization!

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Join the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) and urge your Representative to repeal the 2002 Iraq War Authorization!

Twenty years after the U.S. invaded Iraq, a bipartisan group of senators has voted to repeal the law that sent us into that devastating war!

CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION through the FCNL website!

The 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq (2002 Iraq AUMF) authorized war against Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi regime. It is unnecessary for ongoing military operations, but as long as it remains on the books, it is vulnerable to abuse by this or any future president.

Most notably, the 2002 Iraq AUMF was used in January 2020 to justify the assassination of Iranian major general Qassem Soleimani—an act unauthorized by Congress that nearly plunged the United States into war.

The Senate has acted, now it’s up to the House. Urge your representatives to vote to repeal the 2002 Iraq AUMF!


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Israeli-Palestinian Joint Memorial Day Ceremony

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The Israeli-Palestinian Joint Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, April 24, 2023
10:30am (Pacific Time)
Hosted by Combatants for Peace and The Parents Circle Families Forum


Join the largest Israeli-Palestinian peace event in history! The Joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony is hosted by Combatants for Peace and The Parents Circle–Families Forum, and we are proud that Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice is an official sponsor again this year.

The Ceremony takes place every year on the eve of Yom Hazikaron (Israeli Memorial Day). In Israeli mainstream culture, the ceremonies that are most often held to honor this day serve to reinforce cultural narratives of pain, victimhood, and hopelessness. Our Joint Memorial transforms this narrative by bringing Palestinians to the Memorial alongside Israelis. Joining together to mourn each other’s pain, we aim to challenge the status quo and set the foundation for a new reality based on mutual respect, dignity, and equality for all. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CEREMONY.

WE ACKNOWLEDGE each other’s humanity and every human’s right to security and freedom. 

WE ACKNOWLEDGE the oppressive system that fuels injustice, violence, and trauma. 

WE ACKNOWLEDGE our personal suffering, the suffering of our neighbors, and our part in this pain.

WE ACKNOWLEDGE our shared vision of a land where the inherent dignity and equality of all is fully realized. 

WE ACKNOWLEDGE our power to transform, collectively heal, and unite to end the occupation.


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Call for National Day of Prayer to Stop Gun Violence

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Join the multifaith call for a
national day of prayer and contemplation,
this Mother's Day,
to stop gun violence!

Faith leaders, congregations or organizations, and individual members or parishioners are urged to sign on to this letter asking President Biden to make this Mother's Day, May 14, a national day of prayer to end gun violence. Since Saturday, April 15, at least 255 people have already died in the United States due to guns. These tragic deaths affect every community.

The letter states in part,
We appeal to you to declare this Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14, 2023,
to be a national day of repentance, mourning, prayer, and reflection
to address the culture of gun violence
that is staining our collective soul.

Faith leaders and congregations or organizations can use this link.
Individual parishioners and members may use this link.

The letter is already signed by more than 400 clergy and lay people, including Dr. Cornel West, Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Imam Dr. Talib Shareef, Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia, Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick Gray, Dr. Daisy Khan, Rev. Walter Brueggemann, Sr. Maria Orlandini and many others from diverse faith traditions — including the heads of national denominations and global religious organizations — have already signed this urgent call.

Faith leaders and congregations or organizations can use this link.
Individual parishioners and members may use this link.

Every voice is needed in this call! Let us join together to address the war taking place in our own schools, places of worship, grocery stores, nighculbs, and more. The gun violence epidemic, intertwined with the racist white "Christian" nationalist movement, is a scourge on our communities and a blaspheme of the divine!

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Multifaith Racial Justice TEACH-IN with SURJ & MVPJ

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MVPJ is partnering with SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) @ Sacred Heart to offer a TEACH-IN.


Reimagining Public Safety TEACH IN
Monday, February 27, 7-8:30pm via Zoom

Our first teach-in will be on Reimagining Public Safety - about the CARE FIRST Campaign - which is working for community driven alternatives to policing and incarceration. So much to learn! So many opportunities to work for racial justice!

The TEACH-IN will give us good background on historical and current connections between the work of racial justice and the desperate need to reimagine our understanding and methods of public safety for all! Right now the focus of CARE FIRST is on establishing a direct line to TRUST, an alternative to 911 to provide accessible, transparent, non-police crisis response in Santa Clara County. TRUST is designed to send the right responder for the situation. The TRUST program is a new 24/7 non-police crisis response program for urgent mental health and substance use situations.

Join us in this first SURJ/MVPJ TEACH-IN!
Registration Required.

Help spread the word and invite others by sharing our Facebook Event Page and following the event on Instagram.
Use this png flyer to spread the word and this PDF 1/2 sheet flyer for printing.

This Reimagining Public Safety Teach-in is hosted by MVPJ and SURJ, and cosponsored by:
Action Council of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto;
American Muslim Voice;
Anti-Racism Impact Team of Congregation Etz Chayim;
Bend the Arc: Jewish Action South Bay;
First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto;
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Los Gatos; and
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Redwood City. 

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Dancing with History - Video of book talk with George Lakey

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George Lakey
talks about his most recent book,
Dancing with History: a life for peace and justice

Click here to watch the video of this event.

Quaker activist and master storyteller George Lakey shared vignettes from his life at the center of history-making events as one of the world’s most effective practitioners and teachers of nonviolent resistance.

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Christmas Truce in Ukraine

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As people of faith and conscience,
believing in the sanctity of all life on this planet,
we call for a

Inspired by the miraculous Christmas truce of 1914, faith leaders of many diverse traditions petition the Biden administration to push for negotiations.

"In the spirit of the truce that occurred in 1914 during the First World War, we urge our government to take a leadership role in bringing the war in Ukraine to an end through supporting calls for a ceasefire and negotiated settlement, before the conflict results in a nuclear war that could devastate the world's ecosystems and annihilate all of God's creation." 

Signers include Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Jewish Renewal movement; Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America; Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR); Valarie Kaur, Sikh leader and founder of Revolutionary Love Project; Thay Phap An, Plum Village Buddhist community; Bishop William J. Barber II, Repairers of the Breach and Poor People's Campaign; Rev. Grayland Scott Hagler, Fellowship of Reconciliation; Dr. Zoharah Simmons, National Council of Elders; Mary Novak, Executive Director of NETWORK Lovvy for Catholic Social Justice.

Click here for a full list of signers. If you are a faith leader, add your name here.


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Join GET OUT THE VOTE Efforts for Justice

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Help GET OUT THE VOTE across our nation
(without traveling anywhere)!

This election is crucial for the values of peace, justice and human dignity in our country. Here are two nonpartisan GET OUT THE VOTE (GOTV) efforts that you can participate in from the comfort of your own home -- or with some local friends.

If we ever needed to vote for justice and democracy, we sure do need to vote now!

TEXT: Join the Poor People's Campaign (PPC) Voting is Power Unleashed National Text-banking Program aiming to reach 5 million poor and low-wealth, low-propensity voters across 15 strategic states! Living wages, healthcare, housing, voting rights and other issues critical to poor and low-wealth people are on the ballot. No experience necessary! All virtual gatherings will begin with a training session led by a Poor People's Campaign text bank administrator. Click here to register for an online. (Note that the times listed are all Eastern Times!)


TEXT: Sign up to join a faith voter text bank with Interfaith Power & Light! Reach out to climate-alarmed faith voters who don't vote often in Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Each text is sent individually by a volunteer like you from our online system, not your own phone or phone number. It’s an easy-to-use system called ThruText with pre-written scripts, and we’ll walk through all the steps to use it at the event. Click here to see schedule and sign-up.

PLUS the national organization Faith in Public Life has great resources now available, including "Faithful Voting Talking Points," "Bring Voting to Worship," and "Faithful Voter Reflection Guide." Click here to go to their website and scroll down.

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Let's Support Stable Housing for our Community!

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The Palo Alto City Council has established a Safe Parking Program (SPP) to assist individuals who are unhoused and sleeping in their cars on city streets with a safe place to spend the night and support for finding permanent housing. Safe Parking provides a safe place to sleep for individuals living in their cars and helps connect them to more permanent housing options.  The Safe Parking Program is set up in a way to protect the safety of all nearby residents while at the same time respecting the privacy and dignity of the people it will help.  Through SPP local congregations can provide safe parking for individuals who have been sleeping in their cars on city streets.  

The First Congregational Church of Palo Alto (FCCPA) has submitted an application to the City which has been approved by City Staff and is on the Consent Agenda for the Council’s August 22nd meeting. However, a neighbor of the church, acting on behalf of a group of Palo Alto residents has filed an appeal, objecting to FCCPA’s plans for SPP because they feel the program will jeopardize community safety.   Two other Palo Alto congregations (The Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto and the Highway Church) are currently participating in SPP.  Neither program has received complaints from neighbors or community members nor have there been any incidents jeopardizing community safety.

Please consider writing to the Palo Alto City Council to support FCCPA's Safe Parking Program application.

See below for more information about the application process, as well as contact information for City Council Members.

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