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Multifaith Peace Walk and Picnic in Palo Alto,CA

Posted by Ryan Hall
09.25.16

By  Kristi Iverson

About 35 area Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other religious groups came together to sponsor a Multifaith Peace Walk and picnic on Sept. 11 in Palo Alto, California to remember the 15th anniversary of terrorist attacks in 2001.  The 2.5-mile walk started at Jewish Synagogue of Congregation Etz Chayim and Spark Church, with stops at University AME Zion and Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, before ending at Mitchell Park for a picnic hosted by American Muslim Voice where peace doves were released.  Participants sang in Arabic, Hebrew and English and musical programs included a Baha’i children’s choir and Muslim Girl Scouts.  The 9/11 Peace Picnic is an annual event sponsored by American Muslim Voice.  The peace walk was organized by Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice, a Palo Alto-based multifaith organization.

“We invited people from all walks of life, whether they are people of a particular faith or no particular faith, all colors of the rainbow, left, right, and center, children, youth and adults, to join us on this walk for peace,” said the Rev. Dr. Diana Gibson, one of the founders of Multifaith Voices for Peace and Justice. “We wanted to show our community and the world that, given the opportunity, people will come together to say ‘no’ to division, violence, and fear, and ‘yes’ to friendship and peace.”  Over 700 people attended the combined events.


Photo Credit: Mark Tuschman, Dorothy Bender
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