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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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MLK Celebration: We Keep Moving Forward

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Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Palo Alto
Sunday, January 17, 3pm
via Zoom

"If you can't fly then run
if you can't run then walk,
if you can't walk then crawl,
but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."

Where do we go from here? We Keep Moving Forward!

An inspiring time for multifaith, multigenerational voices -- singing, dancing and exhorting: A Way Forward!

ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Cllick here to register for this year's virtual celebration. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. You will also receive a reminder of the event with a link to connect.

Featured speakers include the Rev. Dr. Debra Murray, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto and Rabbi Sheldon Lewis, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Kol Emeth and student of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a colleague of Dr. King.  Hear music from Jamey Heath from the Baha'i tradition, and a poem by Naiel Ahmed Chaudry, 6th grader at Bullis Charter School in Los Altos.

 
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The People's Inauguration 2021

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On January 21, 2021, let us come together across the country to recommit to building a nation with liberty and justice for ALL.

Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice is excited to join The Revolutionary Love Project, along with other faith and civic organization throughout the country for this national event!

The People's Inauguration will be a celebration of what is possible.
Sound government is necessary - but it won't heal and transition America into a society where we are all free.
This work belongs to us, the people.

After years of injustice and division, we need a moment of collective renewal and healing. Let's create a moral vision for the America we are capable of becoming.

 Imagine millions of us making our own oaths - to our core values, to each other, to ourselves.

Be a part of The People Inauguration from wherever you are! CLICK HERE to register now!

 
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Peaceful Presence January 11, 2021

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MVPJ hosted PEACEFUL PRESENCE
Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, 7pm

In light of the violence and brokenness we face
as individuals and as a nation,
this Peaceful Presence features
faith leaders from our local community calling us to
come together and move toward healing and justice.

JOIN US for
INSPIRATION ~ PRAYER ~ SILENCE ~ SONG ~ COMMITMENT

CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the PEACEFUL PRESENCE PROGRAM.

Speakers:

Rev. Dean Koyama, Minister, Palo Alto Buddhist Temple
Dr. Mohammad Nadeem, President, Muslim Community Association of the Bay Area
Rev. Dr. Debra Murray, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto
Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit, Associate Rabbi, Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos Hills
Music from the Baha'i and the Unitarian Universalist traditions

Gathering Musice begins at 6:55pm:
Pete Seeger singing "This Land is Your Land" at the "We Are One" Presidential Inaugural Concert in 2009

 
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End the Nuclear Era Palo Alto Street Vigil (with COVID safety precautions)

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The U.N Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
becomes international law on Friday, January 22.

VIGIL Supporting the Treaty
Friday, 1/22, 12noon-1:30pm
Corner of El Camino and Embarcadero in Palo Alto
 

Join this peaceful outdoor vigil/celebration in support of the U.N. treaty banning nuclear weapons!
Organized by the Peninsula/Palo Alto branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and co-sponsored by many peace groups, including MVPJ.
Why? Because this is a milestone moment on the road to nuclear disarmament!

Please wear appropriate masks and gloves and respect physical distance guidelines to help keep this vigil safe!

You are welcomed to bring signs supporting and celebrating this treaty -- and a nuclear weapon free world!

 
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Election Opportunities for Prayer & Nonviolent, Faithful Actions

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An unprecedented election in unprecedented times calls for prayer, peace and action. Here are some opportunities (some virtual and some on the streets) that MVPJ recommends.

The Days After Election Day


Friends (Quaker) Talk with an Election Expert: After the Elections, Now What?
Thursday, Nov. 5, 1pm PST
Join Diane Randall, director of Friends Committee on National Legislation online for a post-election day interview with Myrna Perez, director of voting rights and elections democracy at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School. Click here to register.

Protect the Results is a national movement organizing local actions after the election.
Click here to find updated information about events locally and all over the country.

Feed your Spirit with Ella's Song (We who believe in freedom cannot rest), by Bernice Johnson Reagan performed by San Jose State University Choirs. Click here for youtube performance.

Campaign Nonviolence (with whom MVPJ works closely) has a rich list of Election Action Suggestions

FAITH LEADERS are urged to sign this letter calling on the Supreme Court to ensure every vote is counted. Join Auburn Seminary, Bend the Arc, Faith in Public Life, Faith in Action and Sojourners. Note a faith leader? Then please reach out personally and urge the leader of your faith community to sign.

 

Rigged Virtual Screening and Live Q&A with film producer and local pastor

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Please join the Rev. Debra Murray (First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto) and film producer Mac Heller for a virtual sceening of the film Riggged: The Voter Suppression Playbook followed by live Q&A.

Sunday, September 20, 7PM (PDT)

Click here to register on the Eventbrite page and a Zoom link with be sent to you 48 hours in advance of the event.

 

Sept 11 Peaceful Presence: Multifaith Peace Picnic & Prayers (virtual of course!)

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Multifaith Peace Picnic & Prayers
Friday, Sept. 11, 5:30-6:45pm (NOTE EARLIER START TIME!)
Hosted by American Muslim Voice

Let us move from fear to friendship!

This annual event always hosted with American Muslim Voice will be held virtually this year.
5:30 - Multifaith Prayers and Program
Prayers from diverse faith traditions, poems for peace written and read by children, and featured speakers:
  - Rev. Dr. Emma Jordon-Simpson - Executive Director of Fellowship of Reconciliation
  - Nancy Meyer - Member of Peaceful Tomorrows and sister-in-law of 9/11 Flight victim Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas
  - Dr. Dot Maver - Peacebuilder, educator, co-founder of Global Silent Minute, National Peace Academy USA
Closing ceremony: Light the night for peace and justice

The ability to make our country safe,
secure, peaceful and
harmonious lies in our hands.

Everyone is welcome!
We invite you, your friends and your family
to be a part of this community building event.

Use the Zoom link below to join us!

 
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Extemporaneous Speech by Julia Jackson, Mother of Jacob Blake

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"I'm really asking and encouraging everyone in Wisconsin and abroad to take a moment and examine your hearts. Citizens, police officers, firemen, clergy, politicans: do Jacob justice on this level and examine your hearts.

We need healing.

As I pray for my son's healing - physically and emotionally and spiritually - I also have been praying even before this for the healing of our country. 

God has placed each and every one of us here in this country because He wanted us to be here."

Click here to watch and hear Julia Jackson's full and very moving speech (August 25, 2020) on youtube.

 
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75th Anniversary of bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

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"We are badly off course in efforts to honor the plea of the hibakusha -- the survivors of the 1945 atomic bombings -- and end the nuclear threat." -Kazumi Matsui, Mayor of Hiroshima

As people from diverse faiths, we have all been taught the intrinsic value of each human life, and the preciousness of all creation. And so it is we are all called - compelled - to speak out against the horrific destruction and death caused by nuclear weapons. We cannot ignore the stories of suffering and loss wrought upon our siblings in Japan 75 years ago, and we must do all within our power to end the threat of nuclear weapons.

See our August web calendar for a multitude of opportunities from August 2-9 to hear the voices of survivors, to pray for peace and the transformation of hearts and minds that allow us to continue to even contemplate such devastation, to discuss actions that will help lead our government and our world back on track for nuclear disarmament.

 
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Campaign Nonviolence National Conference Aug 6-8 Online

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Campaign Nonviolence National Conference
Embracing the Nonviolence Shift
Marking the 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

August 6: Online Vigil for Hiroshima and Nagasaki
(5pm PDT)
August 7: Online Nonviolence Training
(12Noon PDT)
August 8: Online Conference
(9am PDT)

CLICK HERE for full 3 day schedule and list of speakers.

Experience the wisdom of nonviolence visionaries, scholars and practitioners
Hear of concrete pathways to build a transformed world -- a world free of racism, poverty, war and environmental crisis.
In this time of great transition ushered in by a worldwide crisis, nonviolence offers us what we need right now: vision, strategies and practices that will equip us to live and lead in the direction of personal and societal transformation.

Featured speakers include Dr. Ira Helford, MD (Steering Committee of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) which was the recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize), Roshi Joan Halifax (Upaya Zen Center), Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. (minister, activist, President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus), Rev. Richard Rohr (Center for Action and Contemplation, theologian, religious leader, author, Franciscan priest), Dr. Erica Chenowith (Harvard University, social scientist and scholar on nonviolence), and many others. Click here for full list of speakers. 

Registration Information:
August 6 Vigil - Free but registration required
August 7 Nonviolence Training - $20
August 8 Conference - $50
Student discounts 50% and other scholarships available.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

 

 
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