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A group of parishioners from Trinity Church in Menlo Park (pictured below), led by the Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett, participated in the Hands Around the Mosque event yesterday at the Muslim Community Center in Santa Clara.

According to a MCC staff member, about 800 people of all faiths gathered to not only circle the building but to be in community together and listen a over a dozen speakers. This is the third year the event, which was co-sponsored by the American Muslim Voice Foundation, was held.

“Participating in something like this, bringing people together from many religious traditions and backgrounds, does at least two things,” said Matthew. “First, it helps all of us to remember that there is much more that we share in common than that divides us, and we need to be reminded of the power of simple human connection.

“Secondly, it reminds this community of Muslims that despite the anti-Muslim rhetoric that we are hearing so much, and despite the threats and acts of vandalism being made against mosques across the country, they are not alone. That we, their neighbors both physically and spiritually, care about them and want to support them.”

Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2017

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Physician David Axelrod shares his experiences at Standing Rock with Menlo Park community

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Before last year, Menlo Park resident David Axelrod, a pediatric cardiologist at Stanford Hospital, had not heeded the call to be a medical volunteer. Standing Rock and the protests surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline changed that. David went twice, for four days in December, where he did, as he describes “more digging out of snow, […]

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Lifelong Menlo Park girlfriends double down on the Women’s March, walking in Oakland and The City

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One was not enough for a group of friends who grew up in Menlo Park and all graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School. Julia Sommer, Rebecca Strehlow, Rachel Fox, and Leah Worthington (pictured above, left to right, at Oakland Women’s March on Saturday) crossed the Bay Bridge to also participate in the San Francisco March. There they were joined […]

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Faces of Menlo Park and Atherton participating in the San Francisco Women’s March

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Residents of Menlo Park and Atherton made their way to San Francisco, mostly by train, to participate in the last Women’s March scheduled in the Bay Area yesterday, following other marches in Oakland, San Jose and Walnut Creek. They joined an estimated 100,000 others, starting with a rally at Civic Center Plaza before heading down […]

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Menlo-Atherton High School folks show spirit at community rally in Redwood Ctiy

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The action at Courthouse Square in Redwood City yesterday while the Women’s March was going on in other Bay Area towns was a rally on ways to to take action. Woodside resident Joan Baez brought back a bit of the 60s by singing. InMenlo contributing photo Betsy Sergeant Snow was there and she photographed some M-A faces […]

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Spotted: Menlo Park Mom and baby on way to “Community Action Rally” in Redwood City

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InMenlo contributing photographer Betsy Sergeant Snow was in Redwood City today at the “Community Action Rally” at Courthouse Square in Redwood City. While there she spotted Menlo Park Mom, Holly, and her baby, Owen, with the signs “Nasty Baby” on the train platform. They were, reports Betsy, her favorite shots of the day!

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Spotted: Menlo Park couple at rally supporting Mother Earth

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Menlo Park residents Michael Closson and wife, Catherine Milton, participated in today’s events by going to the Courthouse Square rally in Redwood City. Their plea [to, we presume, the new president]: “Keep your small hands off Mother Earth.”

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Menlo Park residents take part in Oakland and San Jose Women’s Marches

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The good people of Menlo Park who attended Women’s Marches in San Jose or Oakland today — as well as  Washington, DC — are flooding the InMenlo mailbox with photos — and that’s great. Estimates are that 500,000 people marched in Washington, 60,000 in Oakland, and 25,000 in San Jose. We can report from our experience […]

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Spotted: M-A students making signs for Women’s March

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Menlo-Atherton High School students Sophia Wendin and Sara Gershfield prepare for the Women’s March in San Jose today by making signs. Photo by Chrisie Wendin

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Candlelight vigil at Fremont Park promotes “compassion for all” on inauguration eve

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A group of about 50 people and a few well-lit dogs gathered in Fremont Park on Friday night to hold the second candlelight kindness vigil since the election of President Donald J. Trump, with the first held in November. As with the Fall gathering, the Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett (pictured top – on right) , rector […]

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“Holding the light for kindness” candlelight vigil planned for Friday night

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The community is invited to attend a candlelight vigil on January 20, 2017, from 6:oo to 7:00 pm at Fremont Park (corner of Santa Cruz Ave. and University Ave.) in Menlo Park. The event will take place even if it is raining. “We are inviting you and your families and friends to join together in bringing […]

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