5th World Interfaith Harmony Assembly was Great Celebration of Cultures & Faith
From the opening “Harmony” song through the ending song of peace, it was a tapestry of music and celebration Feb. 8 for the World Harmony Assembly. Faith groups across CNY participated in this worldwide observance.
Groups participating represented Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Sikism. The Sudanese and Conglese communities also shared in the program hosted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral.
WTB was a co-sponsor along with Interfaith Works.
King Abdullah II of Jordan first proposed the event to the United Nations. His goal was to provide a platform for interfaith groups and organizations of goodwill to demonstrate their positive impact on the world. One of the goals is to build ties between and among religious groups. By educating each other about our traditions, we can more appreciate the diversity of our community.
For a personal account of the event by Susan Wright of the planning committee, see this webpage at InterFaith Works .
Come Share at our Schmai
We regularly meet at a local restaurant for conversation and sharing. Our next on is Thurs., Feb. 19 . Come join WTB sisters for at Firudo Asian Restaurant on the city’s East Side from 5-7:00.
You will find warm hospitality, cozy ambience and a delicious menu that is both varied and reasonably priced.
No reservations necessary. Just come. Anyone is welcome and feel free to bring a friend. The restaurant is at at 3011 Erie Blvd East. on the north side of Erie, just west of Thompson Road.
Journalist’s Book on Rediscovering Home is February Book Selection
WTB will be discussing The House at Sugar Beach: in Search of a Lost African Childhood by Helene Cooper on Monday, Feb. 23. Cooper grew up in Liberia in a mansion on the sea with servants. But when the war and brutality came to her homeland in the 80s, her family moved to the U.S. After a near-death experience in Iraq years later, Cooper returned to Liberia to rediscover home and search out her foster sister who’d been behind.
All women are welcome to read the book and come to the evening discussion. Contact Jennifer Roberts Crittenden at 633-2817 for the location and time.
Join In a Tea at Temple Concord In March
The women of Temple Concord (Jewish) have invited us to join them for tea and light kosher breakfast where we’ll have a chance to see a portrayal of Amelia Earhart. The event is at 9:30 a.m. on Sun., March 8. This will be our March monthly meeting.
If you have any gently-used bras these will be collected and sent to a project, Free the Girls, that helps women who have escaped the sex trafficking industry. repurpose them for their own businesses. Second-hand clothing is a growing industry around the world.
We will not meet March 22, as previously announced. The address of the synagogue is 910 Madison Street, Syracuse.
WTB Assisted at WCNY Travel Auction
WCNY appreciated the assistance of WTB volunteers for its fundraising Travel Auction. It was a good service project to give back to an institutionathat does educational programming. Several members answered phones two days during the January drive. This activity replaced a monthly meeting.
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