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Participating Congregations and Organizations
  • American Muslim Voice
  • 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
  • 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

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Raise the Wage Campaign!

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Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice is excited to be a part of the Raise the Wage Campaign! You can join us by signing the Raise the Wage petition and by asking your congregation or organization to become an endorser of the campaign.

Questions about the impact of raising the minimum? Click here for a handy "Myth vs Fact" sheet.  

No matter what town you come from, click here to sign the petition online and it will be delivered to YOUR city council members. Take it a step further and download and print a copy of the petition and circulate it among your friends, congregation, and community. (Be sure to return the petition to the Peninsula Peace & Justice Center at the address on the bottom of the sheet.)

Watch this page for more information about campaigns in specific cities around the bay area.  And be sure to sign the petition today!

 
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Peace & Planet Mobilization for a Nuclear-free Peaceful Just and Sustainable World

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On January 22, 2015 The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the hands of its Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight.*  It's 3 minutes to midnight!

Sign the petition today to eliminate nuclear weapons!

The Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference, with representatives from the 189 member nations, will meet at the United Nations in New York City from April 27-May 22. It is a crucial opportunity to press the nuclear powers to fulfill their commitment to engage in good faith negotiations for a complete elimination of their nuclear arsenals.

How can you help?  First, sign the petition from Peace & Planet calling on the parties to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty to immediately, without delay, develop a time table to ban and eliminate all nuclear weapons.  Click here to sign!  The goal is to have 20,000 signatures by April 17.  Get started now by adding your name!

Second, ask your congregation or organization to endorse Peace & Planet's April 24-26 Mobilization for a Nuclear-Free Peaceful Just and Sustainable World.  Click here to learn about organizational endorsement.

 
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Tax Day Action

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April 15th is just around the corner, the deadline for paying income taxes.  It is a good time to remember that a large part of our federal taxes will be allocated to military expenditures.  Of course, this means that programs that promote life and human flourishing - education, health care, economic development and diplomacy - are underfunded. 

What to do about this?  How about making April 15th a day to call your Senators and tell them that you are concerned about the priorities reflected in our federal budget, and that you are not happy with how your tax dollars will be used.  Let's "choose life" and work for a budget that makes life available - and good - for everyone. Click here to find your Senators' and Representative's website and contact information.

The War Resisters League has done extensive research to produce their 2016 federal budget pie chart, pictured with this article.  Click here to view the complete flyer and understand better how our taxes are allocated.

The Friends Committee on National Legistlation offers good background on this subject.  Click here to learn more from them.  Click here to download their 2013 tax chart. Sadly, not much has changed.

 
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Benefit Dinner for Backpacks for Gaza's Children

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"Don't Say We Didn't Know"
benefit dinner for
Rebuilding Alliance's
Backpacks for Gaza's Children Campaign
Saturday, April 18, 6-9pm
First Congregational Church of Palo Alto

Speaker Amos Gvirtz is an Israeli peace activist, author and member of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Help send 500 backpacks with new school supplies to children in Gaza.

Dinner is free, but donations for backpacks will be requested, and reservations are required.

 
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Tell Congress: Oppose New War Authorization

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President Obama has just sent a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) to Congress that perpetuates the endless war of the last 13 years. It is imperative that we urge our members of Congress to oppose the president's proposal and repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force.  Click here to read the background from our colleagues at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, and click here to go directly to their Action Center and send an email to your Senators and Representatives.

Our friends at Peninsula Peace & Justice Center have an Urgent Action page with a petition you can sign, background information, and websites to access emails and phone numbers for all of our local Congresspeople.  A telephone call or a personal email or letter is always worth while and the best way to get your Congressperson's attention.  If you are a person of faith, briefly include how your faith informs your understanding of justice, peace and compassion.

Too many lives have been lost.  Too many dreams have been destroyed.  We need to look to political, economic and diplomatic avenues to end the senseless violence on all sides and begin the long road of restoration, healing and justice.

 
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Interfaith Conference on Drone Warfare Calls for Immediate Halt on Lethal Drone Strikes

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Held at Princeton Theological Seminary on January 23-25, 2015, the Interfaith Conference on Drone Warfare issued a statement calling on the Administration to immediately halt targeted lethal drone strikes.  The conference included more than 150 religious leaders representing many of the world religions and the Just War, Pacifist, and Just Peace traditions.

Click here to read the full and comprehensive statement, and for links to many of the speakers' presentations, all made available through the Coalition for Peace Action website.

 
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What does a "Nonviolent Life" look like?

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An Evening with Fr. John Dear
Thursday, February 26, 7-8:30pm

Saint Martin of Tours Parish Church
200 O'Connor Drive, San Jose, 95128

John Dear is a founder and leader of Campaign Nonviolence, author of several books, former Jesuit priest, and life long peace activist. Be prepared to be inspired!

 
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The Charter of Compassion

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Starting as a wish at a TED Conference, spreading across the world, learn about The Charter of Compassion through this video. And, watch this space for news about World Interfaith Harmony Week coming in February 2015.

 

A Reflection on Learning about Christianity through Other Religions

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A former member of MVPJ's steering committee came across this article by Jim Rigby, a Presbyterian Minister in Austin, Texas. It spoke to many of us, no matter our faith tradition, so we are sharing excerpts on our website. To read the full article, click here to go to Rigby's blog.

"Learning about Christianity through a world of religion" by Jim Rigby, January 3, 2015

I was born into a pretty typical version of Christianity. My mom always said, however, that every religion has something to teach us. Mom said we should respect everyone's religion as much as possible.

Until I arrived at college, I had never actually opened the scriptures of any other faith. Once I arrived here in Austin, I started a lifelong practice of respectfully reading the scriptures of other world faiths. ...

... As I read the words of Krishna, it felt like I was hearing a missing track from a familiar song. I could hear for the first time that Jesus, like Krishna, was calling us to something much deeper than traditional religion. ... What had been the comfortable wading pool of sectarian religion was suddenly beginning to feel like the vast open waters of life.

... I began to understand that Jesus wasn't calling us to dogma. Like Buddha, he was calling us to a deeper and wider wakefulness. ... If love is our aim, then awareness, not belief, is our true path.

From Taoism I learned that heaven could be found in the ordinary gifts of nature. ...

From Islam I learned to give myself fully to life, holding back nothing. From Sufi Islam I learned that humor can be a great guide to the sacred. ...

From Judaism I learned that love is inseparable from justice. From the Jewish prophets I learned that I needed to love the people in my religion and nation enough to tell them  when I thought they were being unjust. ...

Finally, from atheism I learned the importance of radical honesty. ...

I am still a Christian after all these years, but I have left the little version of my upbringing and have come to understand my own faith as one voice in a larger choir. Most of all I have come to understand what Christian scripture means when it says, "whoever has love, has God."

 
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Senate Intelligence Committee Releases Report on CIA's Use of Torture

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Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice has long worked for public access to the Senate Intelligence Committee's Report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program.  On Tuesday, December 9, the eve of the United Nation's Human Rights Day, a 500 page summary of that six year investigation was released. 

Please call or email Senator Dianne Feinstein and thank her for her courageous leadership on the investigation and the release of the report! (Click here for her contact information and an easy email form.)

To read more about the report and further discussion go to the National Religious Campaign Against Torture's page on this issue. NRCAT has been a strong partner with MVPJ in keeping us up to date and educated about this issue.

 
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