We hold programs on a variety of topics one Sunday afternoon a month from September through May. Jowonio School on 3049 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, offers 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.
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 have helped with Tapestry Community Garden on Isabella Street. We have marked the anniversary of 9/11 by giving back in our own communities, to make life and living better for our neighbors on A-OK! Acts of Kindness Weekend, the weekend nearest 9/11. 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. Our Speakers Bureau welcomes invitations to share our stories.
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.
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.
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.
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, we have opportunities to share in conversation, bring a picnic meal, or join in a group meditation.
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.