For Our January Newsletter, Click Here.

Discussion of Adolescence Continues Life Cycle Series

Our January program featured Suzanne Williams, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity in Syracuse, who described recent developments of Habitat for Humanity and the impact on children and youth of Habitat’s program of providing affordable, stable and safe homes. Then Madeline Kujab and Fran Greenman spoke about Starfish International, a program that promotes personal development in high school students in The Gambia along with academic support and entrepreneurship training. Madeline is a graduate of Starfish International and a senior at Bishop Grimes High School, and Fran and her husband Joe Greenman traveled to the Gambia in February 2016 and spent time at Starfish International.

Jan. Book Club: ‘Say You’re One of Them’

Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan will be the topic of the Jan. 23 book club meeting.  The book features five stories that take place in Northern Africa narrated from the perspective of children. Uwem Akpan’s stunning stories humanize the perils of poverty and violence so piercingly that few readers will feel they’ve ever encountered Africa so immediately. The eight-year-old narrator of “An Ex-Mas Feast” needs only enough money to buy books and pay fees in order to attend school. Even when his twelve-year-old sister takes to the streets to raise these meager funds, his dream can’t be granted. Food comes first. His family lives in a street shanty in Nairobi, Kenya, but their way of both loving and taking advantage of each other strikes a universal chord. For meeting details call Jennifer Roberts Crittenden: 633-2817.

‘Love Is the Answer’ Is Theme of 2017 Interfaith Harmony Assembly

“Love Is the Answer” is the theme of our Feb. 6, 2017 World Interfaith Harmony Assembly. The Monday evening program will be hosted by University United Methodist Church, 1085 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Each participating faith community will share an answer to this question. The Assembly will begin at 6:30 pm, and there will be a reception following the event at 8:00 pm. Each year, for the past six years, different faith communities have hosted this event, with the dramatic participation of a multitude of faith communities.

Dec. Meeting Celebrates Light

wtb-wreath-2016Our Dec. 11 gathering celebrated how light (candles, fire, etc.) is used in our various traditions.  WTB members gave examples from Christian, Jewish, and Wiccan traditions. For a report of the program, click here. WTB members Sue Savion, Barb Bova, Betty Lamb, and Penny Hart spent an afternoon at the Everson Museum working on the WTB wreath titled “The Lights of Diversity in Syracuse.” The wreath, pictured here as a work in progress, was donated for the Museum’s Festival of Trees Dec. 2 -11. The wreath featured flags and ornaments from 26 countries, representing the diversity of refugees welcomed to our community this year.

Anniversary Dinner Marks Milestones

We celebrated our 15th Anniversary with a gala international buffet dinner at Temple Concord in Syracuse on Nov. 6. Our keynote speaker was Ruth Colvin, founder of ProLiteracy Worldwide, who played a key role in launching WTB, urging early members to formulate by-laws, obtain a non-profit designation, and set in place a leadership structure to ensure continuity. WTB president Betty Lamb gave an overview of the milestones of the past decade and a half and introduced women who have played key roles in our development. The evening closed with a call to action by Helen Hudson, a member of the Syracuse Common Council, and closing blessing sung by Kari Siegel, cantor at Temple Concord. For a report of the dinner, click here.



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