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Dec. Meeting to Celebrate Light

Come join us on Sunday Dec. 11 from 3 – 5 pm at Jowonio School to celebrate how light (candles, fire, etc.) is used in our various traditions. Come with a story to tell about your own family experiences with light. Sharing of songs and dance will also be welcome. We would also like for each person to bring a simple dish to add to a buffet table. This will be an informal time of fun and sharing for everyone.

wtb-wreath-2016WTB 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, is being donated for the Museum’s Festival of Trees, held Dec. 2 -11. The wreath features flags and ornaments from 26 countries, representing the diversity of our community.

Syracuse and Onondaga County Declared a ‘Compassionate Community’

Women Transcending Boundaries supports the work to declare Syracuse and Central New York a “Compassionate Community.” During a Nov. 17, 2016 press conference at the Ska-nonh Great Law of Peace Center, this declaration was made with the unanimous support of both the Syracuse Common Council and the Onondaga County Legislature. Both Van Robinson, president of the Common Council, and Linda Ervin, leader of the County Legislature, were in attendance to demonstrate their support.

What an amazing accomplishment by the Compassionate Central New York team, co-chaired by Dr. William Pollard and Dr. James Wiggins! Team members are Mark Cass, Daryl Files, Craig French, Andrea Latchem, Gay Montague, Betsy Wiggins, and Peter Willner. WTB co-founders Betsy Wiggins and Danya Wellmon have long worked to promote this declaration, along with Daryl Files, former WTB vice-president, and Gay Montague, former WTB president.

Seattle, Washington, was the first city to be declared a “City of Compassion.” More than 300 communities and 60 cities have embraced this concept. Respect is a key factor of a Compassionate Community, based upon “the Golden Rule,” love, kindness, and working together to build a better community for us all.

Anniversary Dinner Marks Milestones

international-dinner-2016-conversation-downsizedWe celebrated our 15th Anniversary with a gala international buffet dinner at Temple Concord in Syracuse on Nov. 6. President Betty Lamb welcomed members and friends of WTB. After paying tribute to many women who have generously offered their wisdom and skills over the years, she introduced co-founders Betsy Wiggins (a Christian) and Danya Wellmon (a Muslim), who described how they met over coffee after the 9/11 attacks and decided to invite friends to join in the conversation.

The expanding mutual learning process and service to the community, both local and international, has been guided by our council, advisory board, and a series of presidents, including Jan Garman, Ann Port, Gay Montague, Jennifer Roberts Crittenden, Joy Pople, and Betty Lamb. Photos and displays of meetings and projects stimulated conversation about the many challenges and discoveries that have enriched our lives and brought together people of diverse religions, cultures, races, and walks of life.

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 501(c)3 designation, and set in place a leadership structure to ensure continuity. She is celebrating her 100th birthday in December. “100 is only a number,” Ruth Colvin asserted, and reported that she continues to write books, travel to spread the message of literacy, and tutor people, including her current student from Hong Kong who is learning English. Her secret to longevity? An ongoing cultivation of physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual 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.

Discussion of Conception, Birth and Abortion Opens Series on Life Cycles

Our Oct. 15 program opened a series of discussions about life cycles, featuring a panel of women from various faith traditions offering their perspectives about life cycles and inviting others to offer their perspectives and questions. For minutes of the meeting, click here. Future programs in the series are scheduled from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Jowonio School, 3049 E. Genesee St., on the following dates:

Jan. 15: Life Cycles – Adolescence
Mar. 19: Life Cycles – Marriage, Family and Divorce
Apr. 23: Life Cycles – Death and Dying

Previous programs about perspectives on life cycles generated much interest. Click on links for meeting notes:

Marriage, Arranged Marriages, Birth and Adolescence, Birth, Death and Dying, End of Life Issues.

Upcoming Schmai Gatherings

Join us for our “schmais,” informal gatherings of WTB sisters and friends to relax, enjoy a meal or a snack, laugh, cry, and catch up with friends (both old and new!). Show up as your schedule permits for dinner, 5:30-7:30 pm. We like to explore the variety of eateries and ethnic food in the area.

  • Dec. 6 (Tues.) CoreLife, 7265 Buckley Rd., Liverpool
  • Jan. 12 (Thurs.) King David’s, Town Center 317, Fayetteville
  • Feb. 15 (Wed.) Vietnamese Noodle House, 709 N. Main St., North Syracuse
  • Mar. 9 (Tues.) Francesca’s Cucina, 545 N. Salina St., Syracuse
  • Apr. 13 (Thurs.) Byblos Mediterranean Restaurant, 316 S. Clinton St., Syracuse
  • May 10 (Wed.) Lock 24 Restaurant, 38 Water St., Baldwinsville

Dec. Book Club: ‘I Am Malala’

i-am-malalaI Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, is the topic of the Dec. 5 book club meeting. When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On October 9, 2012, when she was 15, she was shot in the head while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. This book is the remarkable tale of an Afghani family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. For meeting details call Jennifer Roberts Crittenden: 633-2817.


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