Our Upcoming Events

Community Book Read 2021

Date: March 7, 2021

Time: 3:00-5:00

Location: Online Event


Attend our author event for our Community Book Read: When Getting Along Is Not Enough, Reconstructing Race in Our Lives and Relationships by Dr. Maureen Walker. Race is a powerful, societal qualifier and by reading this book you will discover how Dr. Walker provides ways by which to enter into discussions about race and race relations.

Everyone is welcome—even is you haven’t read the book. Dr. Walker will speak to her vast experience, reflection, and research on race relations and invite you into conversation. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from Dr. Walker and to reflect on ways for transforming fear into courage and for building relationships and connections to others.

Are you uncomfortable talking about race? You are not alone. Dr. Maureen Walker, a licensed psychologist, educator and writer understands the complexity of race relations and inspires her audience to bridge the cultural differences of race, religion, gender and other social status markers.

As a former Wellesley resident Dr. Walker understands the challenge of addressing race in predominantly white community. Dr. Walker, a highly trained facilitator, provides a safe and engaging environment for her audience to enter into conversation about race and race relations.

For more information on Dr. Walker, go to: https://maureenwalker.com/speaker-and-educator/


Support Local Independent bookstores: Wellesley Books has this title in stock. For curb-side pick-up or to have the book shipped directly to your home, visit https://www.wellesleybooks.com​​ or call 781-431-1160​. Hours for in-store shopping: Monday–Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM, Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM.

Our Past Events

Beyond the Hashtag: Seeing and Understanding the Black Lives Matter Movement

Date: February 25, 2021

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: Zoom Webinar


This free webinar is generously co-sponsored by the Wellesley Free Library Foundation and World of Wellesley.

Through the lens of Philadelphia-based photojournalist Kriston Jae Bethel, gain a better understanding of the driving forces behind the Black Lives Matters movement, including issues of criminal justice, economic inequality and urban development. In addition to looking at social problems, examine the solutions that are being enacted to help solve them. This moderated talk will use his photos from diverse stories to spark a deeper conversation on what it means to be Black in America.

In 2020, Kriston joined American Reportage, a collective of photojournalists that specialize in telling stories about communities across the United States. That same year, he also joined Diversify Photo, a group of BIPOC and non-Western visual creators helping to diversify media outlets.

He also works with Resolve Philly, an industry-leading reporting collaborative between newsrooms across Philadelphia, that strives to lift up community voices in the region. With its partner organizations, he’s produced visuals for solutions stories that go beyond the problems we see in headlines to examine how they might be solved.

Making the Invisible Visible: A Dialogue to Stop the Hate

Date: February 14, 2021

Time: 7:00-8:30 PM

Location: Online Event


Join this community forum aimed at 1) developing a shared understanding of the historical context of anti-Chinese discrimination in the US, and 2) gain information, resources and support for community members who became the target of racism and xenophobia. This event is sponsored by the Wellesley Chinese Language School, the Wellesley Chinese American Network (WECAN), and World of Wellesley (WOW).


  • Elisabeth L. Chan, Associate Professor, ESL, Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus
  • Meghan JopTown Director
  • Chief PileckiWellesley Police Department
  • Marjorie Freiman, Wellesley Select Board Chair
  • Lise Olney, Wellesley Select Board
  • Chinese community members who have been the victims of racism and xenophobia in Wellesley

Good Trouble Short Story Book Group (Grades 8-12)

Date: January 18, 2021

Time: 1:30-2:30

Location: Online Event


Students in Grades 8-12 will engage in a text-based discussion focused on recognizing and combating racism not only in their communities, but also within themselves. The ultimate goal of the session is to commit to Good Trouble by continuing the conversation beyond the Dr. King holiday and committing to meaningful action beyond the day.

The Good Trouble: Book Groups will be facilitated by Wellesley Public School Students and focus on a short piece from chapter thirteen of Sterling Hayden’s “Wanderer.” Find a PDF online or access images of the reading in a document here: Ch.13 of Sterling Hayden’s “Wanderer”- WoW MLK Day Book Group Discussion Piece.

Please RSVP by January 18, 2020.

Good Trouble Workshop

Date: January 18, 2021

Time: 12:30-1:30

Location: Online Event


Join us for a virtual interactive art workshop for students in Grades K-7. Student art will be displayed at the Wellesley Public Library. More details coming soon.

Please RSVP by January 18, 2020.

MLK Day Family Story Time

Date: January 18, 2021

Time: 2:30-3:10

Location: Online Event


This virtual event is designed for children and families of all ages to listen together to Vitamin D and Me, an amazing story of how and why human beings have different color skin tones. From dark brown to light, human beings and our evolution have an amazing story to tell and it’s all here to learn and share. This engagement encourages open conversation and questions after the story that will give families jumping off points for later conversations.

Author Michelle Chalmers will read her book on Zoom and engage in answering questions of the participants.

Please RSVP by January 18, 2020.

​MLK Virtual “Breakfast” 2021

Date: January 18, 2021

Time: 8:30 - 10:00

Location: Online Event


Join in a community multi-generational and multi-racial discussion where you are invited to engage in small and large groups for brave conversations about Dr. King’s speech, “The Other America,” and its relevance to the challenges we all continue to face today. Most importantly, we will discuss actions we can individually and collectively do to bring about change. Wellesley Public School students will co-facilitate the discussion.

Please RSVP by January 18, 2020.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2021 Fundraiser

Date: January 18, 2021


This year’s events are all virtual and FREE, but we invite you to join with World of Wellesley in taking action by making a voluntary contributionAll proceeds will go to the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, an organization committed to “Good Trouble.”

If you would rather send a check, please mail to World of Wellesley, P.O. Box 812381, Wellesley, MA 02482.

Good Trouble: 30-Day Countdown to MLK DAY 2021

Start date: December 19, 2020

End date: January 17, 2021

This program is still running, there’s still time to register until January 17, 2021. 
Please scroll down to see the program lineup for January 18th- MLK Day

Good Trouble:  More Than Just a Day – A call to action 

Join the GOOD TROUBLE:  30 DAY COUNTDOWN  from December 19th – January 17th

RSVP today and beginning December 19th, receive a daily email with facts about Dr. King, the civil rights movement, and some of his most inspirational quotes.

Questions? Contact Christina Horner (WOW Co-President) at chorner@worldofwellesley.org

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service led by Wellesley Clergy

Date: November 23, 2020

Time: 7:00-8:00 pm

Location: Online Event


During this time of year, we feel the need to gather in unity, return to our values, and offer gratitude. Wellesley area clergy invite you to join them in fellowship for a Zoom Interfaith Thanksgiving service. Our clergy will lead us in prayer, scriptural readings, song, and words of comfort. Rabbi Saphire will deliver the homily. We hope this service will help to ease the feelings of loss and loneliness caused by our inability to gather this Thanksgiving. You are welcome to share this invitation with another friend of faith. All are welcome, whether or not you have a congregational home or religious practice.

This event will take place through a video conference call. Pre-registration is required. Please click the registration button above to pre-register. Once you have registered, your unique access link will be emailed to you. If you’re new to Zoom, watch a tutorial or read written instructions on how to join a Zoom video call. Link coming soon!

Hosted by: Temple Beth Elohim, Hills Church, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, St. John – St. Paul Catholic Collaborative, UU Wellesley Hills, Village Church, World of Wellesley

At My Neighbor’s Table: What Kind Of Communities Do We Want To Live In?

Date: October 18, 2020

Time: 5:00 - 6:15 pm

Location: Zoom

at my neighbors table event

Examining Housing Policies Through a Lens of Equity

Join us for an interfaith conversation on how we can bring ourselves closer to a larger and more inclusive community.

We will explore and discuss the drivers of structural inequality that have led to high levels of racial, ethnic, and economic segregation in our communities and what we can do about it.

The Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2019: Massachusetts, like many places…, has a long history of overt segregation in housing policies (such as redlining), Housing policies like exclusionary zoning, discriminatory mortgage lending and other practices in use as recently as the early 2000s…disadvantaged Black and Latino communities. While…illegal today, they firmly established segregated…communities based on class and color throughout Greater Boston.

Jennifer Raitt has served for local, regional, state and national housing, community development, and planning organizations and recently became a Climate Reality Leader with the Climate Reality Project.

  • Director of Planning and Community Development, Arlington, MA.
  • Town of Brookline Housing Advisory Board
  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council Executive Committee.