Our Upcoming Events

Community Book Read 2021

Date: March 7, 2021

Time: 3:00-5:00

Location: Online Event

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About the book 

Race is a powerful qualifier in our society, it shapes perceptions of who belongs and informs narratives of who we are as a community and as individuals. Using examples from her practice as a licensed psychologist and as an African American growing up in the South, Dr. Walker provides a way to enter into cross-racial discussion about race and race relations. Throughout her book Dr. Walker shares stories as examples of our racialized lives and poses questions for reader reflection.

About the author

Dr. Walker is one of the most powerful voices today in the areas of relational and cultural growth, antiracism and reconciliation.  She has worked at Harvard Business School and Wellesley College.  She is passionate about bridging cultural differences.  She is hopeful and inspirational and believes in the individual and collective power to heal our divisions and disconnections.

Our Past Events

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service led by Wellesley Clergy

Date: November 23, 2020

Time: 7:00-8:00 pm

Location: Online Event

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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.

Indigenous Peoples Day Virtual Film and Community Dialogue

Date: October 12, 2020

Time: 3:00 - 4:15 pm

Location: Zoom

IPD film Lyla June

Please join us for a short film presenting Lyla June, an Indigenous environmental scientist, educator, community organizer and musician. Lyla June, who is of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineage is from Taos New Mexico.  She inspires personal, collective and ecological healing through her multi-genre presentations on the topics of climate crisis, Indigenous rights, inter-cultural healing, and traditional land stewardship practices. After the short film there will be a community discussion.

Indigenous Peoples Day Land Clean Up

Start date: October 10, 2020

End date: October 12, 2020

IPD land clean up

Let’s honor Mother Earth by working together to clean up our town!

Join us this weekend for the 2nd Stewards of the Earth event where you will SAFELY gather with family, friends and neighbors and clean your neighborhood, local trails and ponds. The brook near Whole Foods is in need of our special attention. If you know of other high need spots, please post them to this event’s discussion board after signing up.
Please post photos of your clean up efforts on social media with the hashtags #indigenouspeoplesday #IPDcleanup #IPDwellesley and tag @worldofwellesley @ipdwellesley.
If you would like us to share your photos on the World of Wellesley or Committee for Indigenous Peoples Day Wellesley websites, please send them to communications@worldofwellesley.org.

30 Day+ Racial Equity Indigenous Peoples Challenge

Start date: October 1, 2020

End date: October 30, 2020

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World of Wellesley is proud to launch the 30 Day+ Racial Equity Indigenous Peoples Challenge aimed at breaking down barriers and biases by collectively and individually:

  • Increasing our awareness and appreciation for the diversity of Indigenous people
  • Deepening our understanding about the history of Indigenous people
  • Deepen our understanding about the current issues faced by Indigenous people in North America

How it works:

  1. Sign up to receive a daily email through October 30th with three ways to access content each day (e.g. reading, watching or listening).
  2. Choose one or all of the suggested daily options. It’s all up to you. You may also add other options, if you choose.
  3. Reflect: Create your own copy of this journal template to privately record your thoughts.  Your journal will not be shared.
  4. Collaborate: If you want to share reflections in community, you may post them on our Racial Equity Indigenous Peoples Challenge padlet. Please follow our guidelines for all public reflection posts.

Wake Up, Wellesley—Part 1 of 4

Date: June 16, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: YouTube

Wake Up Wellesley #1

Young Ethnic Scholars invites everyone to “Wake Up, Wellesley” a series of four biweekly, online conference-style discussions on racism in Wellesley, intended to illuminate the injustices and microaggressions that permeate various dimensions of our children’s and our neighbors’ everyday lives. We hope to bring the national dialogue to our home and incite a collaborative effort among our community members in developing an action plan for eradicating racism in our town.

As the pandemic subsides and we are able to safely convene in person, this discourse will continue as a bi-weekly or monthly meeting. “Wake Up, Wellesley” is intended to serve as only the beginning of an ongoing commitment to acknowledging our privilege, lifting up our black neighbors, and actively promoting equality. Wellesley will refuse to let this movement lose steam. Wellesley will not allow these voices – growing increasingly hoarse with every hour – to go unheard. Wellesley will set an example for the rest of Massachusetts, for the rest of our nation, on what it means to listen, learn, and change.

We are holding our first panel-style discussion on Tuesday, June 16 at 6 PM. It will be a Zoom meeting broadcasted live to YouTube on this channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUrpmU5aNJdN64NTP9wo4rA?view_as=subscriber. This first meeting will provide Black members of our community with the opportunity to share their stories and illuminate the racism in our own schools, stores, and community spaces. All are welcome – residents of Wellesley and beyond – to listen to Wellesley’s own students’. Here is a list of speakers (names you will recognize as having left indelible imprints on our school community!) who have generously agreed to give their time and share powerful anecdotes of their experiences as black members of this community: Kayla Reid, Bongani Msikavanhu, Keleyia Rochelle, Yasmine Jaffier, Zoe Gomez, Sierra Sinclair. Hope to (virtually, from a safe social distance) see you there!!

This is a partner event offered to the Wellesley community by Young Ethnic Scholars, students of color and allies of Wellesley High School taking action against racism in our community.

Race Amity Day Celebration (One-Time Livestream Event)

Date: June 14, 2020

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: Live Stream

Race Amity Day 2020

The National Center For Race Amity is hosting a one-time livestream event featuring today’s top personalities sharing their story behind our seal, E Pluribus Unum (Out of many, one).

Hear their words and learn the solutions that bring people together instead of apart during these trying times.

Hear stories that uplift, entertain and inspire!

Black Lives Matter Virtual Vigil—June 2020

Date: June 7, 2020

Time: 12:30pm

Location: Facebook

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Members of the UU Wellesley Hills Advocacy & Witness Interest Group invite you to stand with us for racial justice and human rights.

While our church campus is closed due to COVID-19, the UU Wellesley Hills Advocacy & Witness Task Force is sponsoring a “virtual vigil” so that we can continue to take a public stand, as we have since October 2017, to affirm that Black Lives Matter. 

Please visit the UU Wellesley Hills Facebook page at 12:30 on Sunday, June 7 and share our post on your timeline. While we will miss gathering in front of 309 Washington Street, we can have an even greater impact with the help of social media.  Please join us!

Join us for a vigil held each month, as we proclaim that “Black Lives Matter” and protest white supremacy in America.

If you have any questions, contact info@uuwellesley.org.

Hosted by our partner UU Wellesley Hills.

Interfaith & Multi-Congregational Witness

Date: June 7, 2020

Time: 4:00–5:00 pm

Location: Front Lawn of Wellesley Village Church (corner of Routes 135 & 16)

Interfaith Witness June 7

United in the conviction that Black Lives Matter, that police brutality and racial injustice must end, and that we are called to pray and work for justice and joy for all people.

You are invited to gather safely* in solidarity on the church lawn, sidewalks, church steps and driveway for music, reflection and prayer.

We’ll ring the steeple bells and throw open the sanctuary windows to hear the organ. A focused time of reflection and music will be led from the main steps at 4:15pm.

*Masks are required and physical distance between family groups is expected. Please only come if you feel safe; we will live-stream from Facebook for all those who wish to participate from home.

In partnership with Wellesley Village Church, Congregational Church of Weston, Charles St. AME, clergy, St. Andrews Church, Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, Temple Beth Elohim, Dover UCC, Wellesley UU, St. John/St. Paul Roman Catholic Community, Wellesley Police Department, and Pilgrim Church in Sherborn.

Wellesley Peaceful Protest to End White Supremacy + Police Violence

Date: June 5, 2020

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: 467 Washington St, Wellesley

End White Supremacy

Please join us for a peaceful protest in Wellesley Center with the goals of speaking out and taking a stand against white supremacy in Wellesley and other predominantly white suburbs, and demonstrating solidarity in the fight for justice in response to police murdering George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and far far too many innocent Black Americans in this country.

The plan is to form a line on the sidewalk on Washington Street starting outside 467 Washington St and bring signs expressing our condemnation of white supremacy, police brutality, and racism in America. This is a small step toward progress and but it is important to demonstrate that in this town especially, which is steeped in such profound white privilege, and which we want to improve, we refuse to stay silent in the fight against racism. This protest will be PEACEFUL, and all participants will stand six feet apart with required face masks. This town can do better. Thank you for your attention.

People of all towns are welcome of course.

  • Face masks required. Gloves encouraged.
  • Please maintain six feet between you and the next person in line
  • Violence of any kind including hate speech, slurs, or derogatory language will not be tolerated
  • No driveways or intersections will be blocked
  • Feel free to stand in silence or with a sign. No marching in groups
  • Safety and preventing the spread of the virus is our top priority. Do not touch or engage physically with anyone. Maintain six feet distance.
  • No All Lives Matter signs. If you don’t get it use the world wide web.

Please fill out your name and email here so we can stay in touch: https://forms.gle/5VtDqLdcjsUkiC3X6

Organized by Leah Fessler. A note from Leah: I grew up in Wellesley, went to Upham, WMH, WHS Class of 2011, and graduated with high honors. I attended Middlebury College (2015), and went on to pursue a career in journalism.