Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice (MVPJ) stands firm in its commitment to work for peace. While we recignize and respect diversity among individuals and traditions, MVPJ insists that "War is not the answer," but will lead to more violence and countless harm and death, particularly in this current situation between the United States and Iran. MVPJ is not advocating all the views or stands of any of these organizations, but in the list below we want to show how people from so many and various backgrounds and walks of life are speaking out against war with Iran, and offer their perspectives for your prayerful consideration. WE URGE YOU TODAY to call or write to your Congressmembers, either directly or through one of these online options!
Check this webpage occasionally for updates. Below is an initial collection of action suggestions and responses from different religious and civic groups. Feel free to email us if you have ideas we might add, particularly from your own faith tradition. Please note that you do not need to be a member of any of these traditions or organizations to use their site to send messages.
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL): MVPJ has long partnered with and learned from this Quaker-based peace lobbying group. Here is a link to easily find and write a letter to your Congress members through FCLN, and this link has a short script for you to CALL your Congressperson, always
CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) is a Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. On this webpage they call on Americans to urge Congress to block funding for war with Iran, give background on the legislations re-introduced to Congress last Friday, Jan. 3, and an opportunity to send an email to officials.
J Street, a Jewish organization in the United States, released this article with very helpful information on why they believe Congress must act to prevent war with Iran.
The United Church of Christ (a major Protestant denomination) has long advocated for diplomatic and peaceful engagement with Iran. Use this link for useful background information and as well as to send an email to your Congress members.
Pax Christi USA is a Catholic peace and justice organization that has a full, updated webpage with excellent links to prayers, faith statements, study material (including from the National Council of Churches) and action recommendations.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Join us to mark this day for peace, justice and friendship!
Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice is partnering with American Muslim Voice to host our annual 9/11 gathering. For September, our Peaceful Presence will include a free picnic followed by multifaith prayers, songs and readings for peace and justice.
We come together from many diverse faith communities and spiritual traditions to put our convictions into action by saying NO to war and YES to peace and justice.
...to call upon our government to cease its focus on war, militarism and armaments, and to focus its energy and resources on peaceful resolution, diplomacy, international cooperation, and the well-being of all creation.
...to call upon our government to defend civil liberties and human rights at home and strengthen the values that our nation professes: equality, diversity, liberty, tolerance, human dignity, and justice for all.
...to insist that war is a moral, ethical and religious issue involving matters of life and death for children, youth and adults who all share our common humanity.
As people of faith we are compelled in this critical time to commit our spirits, voices, hearts and actions to the cause of justice and peace on earth.
We base all our thoughts and prayers, words and actions on the conviction that only love will overcome hatred, only justice will lead to peace, and as people of faith we are called to build a just and peaceful world.
Participating Congregations and Organizations*:
Wednesday, March 15, 10am-4pm
Soon the California Legislature will vote on critical measures to protect our families. We need to urge them to stand strong!
We have an opportunity to pass SB54: the California Values Act and SR31: the Religious freedom Act -- but we need to demonstrate the power and will of the people!
Let our legislators and the whole world know that we will not be divided!
"We must fight for your life as though it were our own -- which it is..." - James Baldwin, 1970
It is always best to speak from your heart and if you have one, share a personal story about why you are concerned about the issue.
Here is a suggested script, but use your own words:
"My name is __________ and I am a constiuent from ____________ (city, state)."
"I am calling as a person of faith to urge Senator/Representative ___________ to oppose ________. "
"This [executive order/action] not only betrays American values, but is also contrary to the values I hold important as a ____________."[Identify your faith tradition, and briefly explain how it leads you to your concern.]
[If you have a story, share it here. For example, sharewhy discrimination on the basis of faith or country is wrong to you, or why it is important to you to welcome refugees. Obviously this story should directly address the action you are calling about.]
"What is Senator/Representative _________ position?"
If the Senator/Congressperson is already opposed, express your appreciate and support. You might ask if s/he had made a public statement and where you can find that. If the Senator/Representative has not taken a position, urge her/him to do so, and to publicly denounce the order/action and say why. If the Senator/Representative supports the order/action, urge her/him to reconsider. Be respectful but passionate!
"Thank you for your time and please thank the Senator/Congressperson for considering my views."
If you are on social media, you can tweet/facebook post the fact you just made a call to encourage others to join you!