We hold programs on a variety of topics one Sunday afternoon a month from September through May. The community room at InterFaith Works on 1010 James Street has been a convenient gathering place.
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 or get a list of books read in the past several years here.
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.
World Interfaith Harmony Assemblies
We celebrate UN World Interfaith Harmony Week (the first week of February) with annual gatherings that showcase the diverse faith communities in the Syracuse area. Hundreds of people have attended each event, organized in collaboration with InterFaith Works and hosted by a different place of worship each year.
Sycamore Hill Garden Tours
Sycamore Hill Gardens in Marcellus graciously opens their 40-acre private gardens for a fundraiser the Sunday after Mother’s Day. In addition to exploring the magnificent showcase of nature’s beauty and sharing conversation and picnic food, we have opportunities to participate in a Zen Buddhist meditation, Tai Chi Chih practice or Wiccan ritual.
We’ve held five international dinners — yummy feasts with great conversation, new friends and inspirational speakers and raised money for programs here in central New York and around the world. To see pictures click the years below:
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.
Individually and collectively, we are engaged in many additional activities to build community among people of various faiths and cultures. In an outreach to refugees starting a new life in Syracuse, WTB members offer sewing classes and help with Tapestry Community Garden on Isabella Street. Our Speakers Bureau welcomes invitations to share our stories. We have sponsored booths at community events to promote interfaith and intercultural understanding, including at the InterFaith Works Duck Race, Westcott Fair, Syracuse Peace Council Arts and Crafts Festival, and the Mary Nelson Youth Day Barbecue. We’ve held interfaith blood drives and collected donations for various local and international causes.