Women Transcending Boundaries Bringing Women of Faith Together after 9/11

January 1, 2017

Community Engagement

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Individually and collectively, we are engaged in many activities to build community among people of various faiths and cultures. Interfaith Harmony Assemblies and Journeys to the Tent of Abraham build understanding and collaboration among people from local faith communities. Informal gatherings, potluck meals, international dinners, book club meetings, and booths at community fairs help build friendships. In an outreach to refugees starting a new life in Syracuse, WTB members offer sewing classes and helped establish a community garden. We marked anniversaries of 9/11 by giving back in our communities through A-OK! Acts of Kindness Weekends. We’ve collected donations for various local and international causes. Our Speakers Bureau welcomes invitations to share our stories; contact info@wtb.org to arrange for a speaker.

Journeys to the Tent of Abraham: An ambitious project, Journeys to the Tent of Abraham in 2007 and 2013 took people on a walking tour of many houses of worship in the Syracuse University area, ending at Hendricks Chapel. For more information click here.

A-OK! Acts of Kindness Weekends: WTB mobilized hundreds of people all across metro Syracuse to participate in A-OK! Acts of Kindness weekends on the anniversary of 9/11. A-OK! Weekend started in 2010 with a major community effort involving dozens of projects and continued in 2011. We did all types of service projects from painting to park clean up to children’s events. Read detailed reports from 2010 and 2011.

Potluck Meals: We have shared potluck meals at locations such as the Islamic Society of Central New York, with Muslim families joining people of other faiths around dinner tables for conversation.

Informal “schmai” gatherings: Informal sharing and planning take place at our monthly gatherings, fondly known as “schmais,” at local restaurants. There’s no agenda and each of us pays for the food we order, but the laughter is contagious and the friendships are enduring.

Book Club: We meet monthly in homes to discuss a book; the sharing and insights are intriguing, inspiring and thought-provoking. Read more about our Book Club here with a link to the list of books read in the past several years.

Community Fairs: We have sponsored booths at community events to promote interfaith and intercultural understanding, including at the InterFaith Works Duck Race, Westcott Street Fair, Syracuse Peace Council Arts and Crafts Festival, and the Mary Nelson Youth Day Barbecue. For more information click here.

Community Garden: We joined with neighbors, refugees, and community groups in developing the Tapestry Community Garden on Syracuse’s north side. New Americans and neighbors readily claimed plots and planted the garden on Isabella Street. The site includes about 15 raised beds, where vegetables, herbs, and blossoms flourish! This garden is a partnership among Syracuse Grows, the Northside Collaboratory, the Center for New Americans and others. For more information click here.

Seeds of Peace: WTB members accompanied local youth participating in the Seeds of Peace program on a trip to the United Nations in 2014 and invited them to share about their experiences at one of our monthly meetings.

Blood Drive: We held an interfaith blood drive in 2009, and it was a great success. The slogan for the weekend was “Together We Give So That Others May Live.” “We all came together from many different traditions to save lives,” said Danya Wellmon, WTB co-founder. More than 30 people signed in, and the Red Cross collected 29 pints of blood. Much blood has been spilled between religious groups but through this event we offered blood to save lives.

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