Eight Teens  Tell About “Amazing” Experience That WTB Helped Fund

Teens who visited WTB at its November meeting used words such as “remarkable”, “amazing” and “incredible”  to describe their experience at the United Nations Peace Summit in September.  They were among several teens from the local Seeds of Peace program  who traveled to the U.N., leaving at 3 a.m. one morning so they could be there by 8 a.m. for a full day of activities.

Accompanying them were WTB members Danya Wellmon and Gay Montague.

“It was an event I will never forget, ” said Gay, as she introduced the WTB program November 23.

One of the teens, Olivia Vought, said, “It was an absolutely amazing experience on so many levels.”

She said they learned about many projects worldwide in which people are working toward peace. Another of the teens said after hearing the plight of teens in Africa, from a teleconference, she came home much more grateful for all she has.

“It was enlighteinng to hear about all the good things that are happening in the country,” Olivia added.

The teens heard cellist Yo-Yo Ma and anthropologist Jane Goodall, among others.  Then they visited the Tolerance Museum and the Seeds of Peace office.

The trip was funded by WTB, Interfaith Works, URI and Rapha, a local spirituality group.

Schmai: 5:30 Wed., Dec. 3. Home of Shirley Wells. 4206 Mistral Circle, Liverpool 13090. Bring a holiday dish.      

Book Club Meets Monday, Dec. 8

On a cold winter night, how about meeting friends and gathering at another woman’s home for some intelligent conversation. That’s what the WTB Book Club does.  This month the group is discussing The Commoner, a novel by John Burnham.

It’s a story based on  the life of Empress Michiko of Japan. She was the first commoner to marry into the Japanese royal family and the book chronicles her struggles living in a new class, as well as her relationship, many years later, with her daughter-in-law.

The women in the Book Club met and reviewed some 50 books and, though it was hard,  selected 12 for next year. So here are the upcoming ones that you might want to borrow from the library, purchase or suggest as a gift to you:

  • January 26      God is not One: the Eight Rival Religions that Run the World – and Why their  Differences Matter by Stephan Prothero
  • February 23    The House at Sugar Beach: in Search of a Lost African Childhood by Helene Cooper
  • March  23        A Wedding in Haiti by Julia Alverez  4/5  (Gifford lecturer on March 31) s

For a list of all books schedule for 2015, click here

December Meeting Is About Spirituality, Creativity and Poetry

Artist and writer Jennifer Jeffery will lead our Dec. 14 program and lead us in thinking about creativity and spirituality.

“Many writers and artists have explained their creative spark as not something that comes from within them, but from being a channel for the divine, ” Jennifer wrote. “This program will explore some of the connections between spirituality, creativity, and poetry. It will also touch on ways that we can access our creative selves through spirituality and poetry.”

Come join us at Jowonio School at 3 pm. Dec. 14.  This will be our last meeting at Jowonio which has been our meeting place for more than 12 years. Now that InterFaith Works has a new facility, we will be meeting at its offices at 1010 James Street for future meetings.

Jennifer Jeffery is a mostly self-taught writer of fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. She credits her growth as a writer to the support of the Syracuse Veterans Writing Group. Originally from the St. Lawrence Valley, she attend Syracuse University (SU) and then lived in several states and served in the U.S. Coast Guard. She moved back  to Syracuse in 2004 to be closer to her family. She works at SU.

Betty Lamb Elected  President

WTB officially elected Betty Lamb to be  the new WTB President, filling in the term of Joy Pople, who had to step down due to many responsibilities.  Thanks to Betty for agreeing to lead us through spring. And thanks to Joy for all she has given to WTB.

Betty has a background in both Christianity and Judaism. She taught religious education in the Roman Catholic Church and is now active at both Temple Adath Yeshurun and Temple Society of Concord. She is retired from a career in retail and education.  Betty has worked on the Everson Museum Members’ Council for years, as well as the  Syracuse Sounds of Music Association. She is the treasurer of the Murray Isle Association and the summer postmaster there.


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