All faith traditions teach about welcoming the stranger, supporting the vulnerable, and helping those in need. In response to the cruelty of the recent presidential executive orders, as people from diverse spiritual communities, we lift up our hearts in prayer and join our minds and lives in solidarity.
MVPJ has just begun collecting prayers, statements and other faith-based readings from diverse traditions for refugees, immigrants, Muslim-Americans, and others who are hurt by these orders. If you have resources you would like to share, please let us know.
We encourage congregational leaders to speak out for friendship and peace with our Muslim sisters and brothers and against Islamophia and hate of any sort. Find ways to educate your congregation about Islam and build relationships and understanding across religious differences. Invite a speaker from American Muslim Voice, CAIR or ING. Organize a time of fellowship and community building between communities. Consider using your church sign as a way to make a public statement of solidarity and friendship with the Muslim community.
Call your Senators and Congressperson in Washington to make your voice heard! This does make a difference! Consider spending 3-5 minutes each day making these brief calls. While emails and letters are good, phone calls have the most impact! Identify yourself as a person of faith, and briefly explain how your faith leads you to your stand.
Firmly state your opposition to Trump's executive orders and actions on:
If your representative is opposed to Trump's orders, express your appreciation and support. Yes, this is important! If she or he is not with us, urge reconsideration and emphasize why you believe this is so urgent and important. Be respectful and passionate!
Click here for suggested scripts. See below for contact information for Senators and Representatives.
Organizations and Efforts to Oppose Destructive EO's and Stand for Inclusion, Justice and Compassion
This is a time to work together! So much of what we hold dear - human rights, compassion for victims of war, nuclear disarmament, protection of the earth, welcoming of immigrants and refugees, health care for all, peace and diplomacy with other countries - is under attack. Let's support one another and build networks that are strong in diversity and united in compassion.
Here is a broad list of organizations that we consider worthy of consideration in these times. We know that not all communities endorse all the groups on this list, nor does this list represent official endorsement of MVPJ or any of our participating communities. There are surely many other wonderful and worthy organizations that do not yet appear! Most of these are either local, faith-based, and/or partners of MVPJ in various endeavors.
Send notes of encouragement and peace to your local mosques and Islamic centers. This simple yet beautiful idea comes from the Shoulder-to-Shoulder Campaign. Be creative! Invite children in your community of faith or your neighborhood to write letters, too, and draw pictures of friendship and love. Consider indicating on the outside of the envelope that yours is a message of kindness and support.
The California Values Act, SB 54, would ban the use of state and local resources from carrying out the work of federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in deportation actions. This is a huge step in standing up for immigrants and those who could become targets of the Trump administration. SB 54 just cleared its first hurdle on Jan. 31 as it was passed by the Public Safety Committee, and now goes to the Appropriations Committee. Local State Senators Jerry Hill and Jim Beall both serve on that committee and need to hear from you directly.
Please call CA State Senators Jerry Hill or Jim Beall, particiularly if you live in their districts!
Inaugration Day Protest on Friday, Jan. 20, 5-7pm, at the corner of Embarcadero and El Camino in Palo Alto. Join them!
A Quaker Meeting Called with a Concern for the Future of our Country
See more photos of the Public Meeting by clicking on "read more" below.
The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), a traditional Peace Church, offers to the community an opportunity to listen deeply and humbly to each other and to the Spirit which guides human affairs. For an hour, we will settle into the silence of worship as practiced by Quakers, wherein anyone moved by the Spirit may rise to speak.
It is the silent waiting for the urging of the Spirit which is the foundation Friends' testimonies on Peace, Unity, Simplicity, Equality, Community and Integrity. Social Action based on these testimonies is strengthened by arising from worshipful silence.
Standing in solidarity with our immigrant sisters and brothers, Multifaith Voices for Peace & Justice encourages efforts to become Sanctuary cities, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and campuses.
Offering sanctuary - a safe place that honors dignity and worth - is a tradition drawn from many of our faiths.
There are several movements toward making bay area cities into "sanctuary cities" and some local faith communities are considering offering sanctuary as well. Currently there is a letter being circulated for signatures to go to the Los Altos City Council, urging them to pass a resolution that "affirms our respect for human rights and diversity and declares that we will not participate in any federal efforts to undercut those principles." If you live in Los Altos, click here to read and sign this letter.
If you are interested in learning what it means to become a sanctuary congregation for your own place of worship, please contact us by emailing email@example.com
Several hundred people gathered in prayer and solidarity with the Evergreen Islamic Center (EIC) on Sunday, December 11. The event was filled with love and joy. Featured speakers included leaders from diverse faith traditions as well as elected representatives from the city of San Jose and State Assembly and Senate. People of all faiths and walks of life felt called to offer their support.
The community came together at the invitation of the EIC after the mosque received some hate mail. Clearly we say "no" to hate and "yes" to all that holds us together as sisters and brothers in the human family. We stood shoulder-to-shoulder in solidarity with one another in a powerful expression of love and commitment.
Imam Faheem Shauibe, Rev. Danielle Parish (Spark Church) and Rabbi Chaim Koritzinsky (Congregation Etz Chayim) led the beginning of the Multifaith Peace Walk on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. The event opened with more than 750 participants singing songs of peace in Arabic, Hebrew and English with drums and guitars, readings from Jewish, Muslim and Christian scriptures, face painting for children, youth making signs saying "Peace" - "Salaam" - "Shalom," and a ritual of friendship that included Palo Alto Police Department Chief Dennis Burns with local and national faith leaders.
After a 2.5 mile walk and other brief programs on peace, the community gathered for a picnic that began with the release of peace doves in Mitchell park. The picnic, hosted by American Muslim Voice, allowed time for creating new friendship, more singing and dancing, and stories of peace making internationally as well as at home.