Upcoming Partner Events

Diversity and Discussion Book Club

Start date: September 12, 2019

End date: June 10, 2020

Location: Needham Free Library

Needham Diversity Book Club 2019-2020

Book group series at Needham Free Library. Multiple dates and books. Copies of each book can be found at the Needham Free Public Library, the interlibrary loan system, as well as Hoopla for those who prefer audiobooks.

Co-sponsored by Trustees of the Needham Free Library, Needham Diversity Initiative, and the Needham Human Rights Committee.

21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge

Start date: March 30, 2020

End date: April 19, 2020

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Dr. Charmie Curry, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Wellesley Public Schools, invites everyone to join the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge: You (along with thousands of other people from across the US) will commit to deepening your understanding of and willingness to confront racism for 21 consecutive days (just a few minutes a day of reading, watching and listening.) At the very least, the Challenge will raise your awareness. But for many participants it goes beyond that and changes they way they see and interact with the world.

Black Lives Matter Vigil—April 2020

Date: April 5, 2020

Time: 12:30pm - 12:45pm

Location: UU Wellesley Hills courtyard

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

Find us on the sidewalk in front of our church at 309 Washington St. Through June 2020, our vigils are held on the first Sunday of the month at 12:30 pm: on Jan. 5th, Feb. 2nd, Mar. 1st, Apr. 5th, May 3rd, and Jun, 7th.

We have placards to share, but please feel free to bring your own.

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

Hosted by our partner UU Wellesley Hills.

Black Lives Matter Vigil—May 2020

Date: May 3, 2020

Time: 12:30pm - 12:45pm

Location: UU Wellesley Hills courtyard

Black+Lives+Matter

Members of the UU Wellesley Hills Advocacy & Witness Interest Group invite you to stand with us for racial justice and human rights. Join us for a silent fifteen-minute vigil held each month, as we proclaim that “Black Lives Matter” and protest white supremacy in America.

Find us on the sidewalk in front of our church at 309 Washington St. Through June 2020, our vigils are held on the first Sunday of the month at 12:30 pm: on Jan. 5th, Feb. 2nd, Mar. 1st, Apr. 5th, May 3rd, and Jun, 7th.

We have placards to share, but please feel free to bring your own.

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

Hosted by our partner UU Wellesley Hills.

Music, Dance and Skit—A Tagore Collage

Date: May 15, 2020

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Wellesley Community Center

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Rabindranath Tagore is a 19th Century Nobel Laureate poet of Bengal, India. He was a poet, composer, philosopher, environmentalist, activist and the volume of his works is simply unbelievable.

Tagore was influenced by the mystic philosophy and by Rumi. Some of the topics that he wrote and composed about are universalism, love, gender discrimination, women, colorism, the connection of human to nature – among other things. We Bengalis have a saying that we can literally find a Tagore poem/song about any emotion experienced by human.

This event will include a skit by adults and live music, a skit by kids with dances and songs, and a musical written by Tagore will be recreated with dances by professional dancers of New England.

Black Lives Matter Vigil—June 2020

Date: June 7, 2020

Time: 12:30pm - 12:45pm

Location: UU Wellesley Hills courtyard

Black+Lives+Matter

Members of the UU Wellesley Hills Advocacy & Witness Interest Group invite you to stand with us for racial justice and human rights. Join us for a silent fifteen-minute vigil held each month, as we proclaim that “Black Lives Matter” and protest white supremacy in America.

Find us on the sidewalk in front of our church at 309 Washington St. Through June 2020, our vigils are held on the first Sunday of the month at 12:30 pm: on Jan. 5th, Feb. 2nd, Mar. 1st, Apr. 5th, May 3rd, and Jun, 7th.

We have placards to share, but please feel free to bring your own.

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

Hosted by our partner UU Wellesley Hills.

Past Partner Events

International Women’s Day Wellesley 2020

Date: March 8, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Village Church

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Wellesley Women’s Initiatives in partnership with the World Of Wellesley invites the community to join them in celebrating International Women’s Day 2020. There will be music, dance, art activities and speakers to inspire girls and women of all ages. This year’s theme is to celebrate women and support equity, inclusive of divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, socio-economic or political, and acknowledge that all women must gain full and equal participation in global development. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Rama K. Ramaswamy, Darlene J Howland or Melinda Arias-Voci at wellesleywomensinitiatives20@gmail.com.

Black Lives Matter Vigil—March 2020

Date: March 1, 2020

Time: 12:30pm - 12:45pm

Location: UU Wellesley Hills courtyard

Black+Lives+Matter

Members of the UU Wellesley Hills Advocacy & Witness Interest Group invite you to stand with us for racial justice and human rights. Join us for a silent fifteen-minute vigil held each month, as we proclaim that “Black Lives Matter” and protest white supremacy in America.

Find us on the sidewalk in front of our church at 309 Washington St. Through June 2020, our vigils are held on the first Sunday of the month at 12:30 pm: on Jan. 5th, Feb. 2nd, Mar. 1st, Apr. 5th, May 3rd, and Jun, 7th.

We have placards to share, but please feel free to bring your own.

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

Hosted by our partner UU Wellesley Hills.

Steve Pemberton Speaker Event

Date: February 12, 2020

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: Sorenson Theater, Babson College

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Steve Pemberton will be the keynote speaker for Babson College’s 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Day celebration. Steve Pemberton is a successful author, business executive, philanthropist and speaker who has expanded opportunities for many Americans.

Black Lives Matter Vigil—Febuary 2020

Date: February 2, 2020

Time: 12:30pm - 12:45pm

Location: UU Wellesley Hills courtyard

Black+Lives+Matter

Members of the UU Wellesley Hills Advocacy & Witness Interest Group invite you to stand with us for racial justice and human rights. Join us for a silent fifteen-minute vigil held each month, as we proclaim that “Black Lives Matter” and protest white supremacy in America.

Find us on the sidewalk in front of our church at 309 Washington St. Through June 2020, our vigils are held on the first Sunday of the month at 12:30 pm: on Jan. 5th, Feb. 2nd, Mar. 1st, Apr. 5th, May 3rd, and Jun, 7th.

We have placards to share, but please feel free to bring your own.

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

Hosted by our partner UU Wellesley Hills.

No Place Like Home: Attainable, Affordable, Sustainable Housing—In Our Town?

Date: January 30, 2020

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Free Library

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Many young families, seniors, and people of middle, moderate, or fixed incomes are unable to move to — or stay in — our town. What does this mean for Wellesley’s future? Our expert panelists will provide an overview of the challenges and benefits of creating diverse housing. Bring your questions and comments and join us to discuss how we can develop a
broader range of housing choices for the long-term health of our community. Panelists include:

  • Eric Shupin, Director of Public Policy, Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)—Describing the state of housing in MA.
  • Amy Dain, Consultant, Dain Research—Reporting on two years of research into the regulations, plans and permits in the 100 cities and towns surrounding Boston.
  • Shelly Goehring, Senior Program Manager, Massachusetts Housing Partnership—Sharing the benefits and challenges for our community.
  • Rebecca Winterich-Knox, Net Zero Organizer, Massachusetts Climate Action Network—Focusing on sustainable considerations and impact on climate.

Presented by League of Women Voters of Wellesley and Wellesley Free Library. This event is free and open to the public.

Needham Diversity Summit 8.0: Restoring the Rhythm of Life

Date: November 16, 2019

Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Pollard Middle School, Needham, MA

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Join neighbors in Needham to celebrate diversity and add your voice to tackle related issues that affect our community.

The Annual WEF Wellesley Spelling Bee

Date: November 13, 2019

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Sprague School Gym, Wellesley

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The World of Wellesley team competes with the community.

Help Wellesley with Signs of Love

Date: November 6, 2019

Time: 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: Wellesley Village Church (2 Central St)

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In response to the hurtful expressions that have recently wounded members of our middle and high school communities, ALL are invited to participate in a healing and compassionate community response.

From 11:45-1:00 pm on November 6 (public school half day), Wellesley Village Church (2 Central St) invites you to come and make posters as expressions of care and of commitment to creating the kind of community we desire. PIZZA, music, and supplies will be provided. At 12:45 a group photo of participants and their posters/signs will be taken on the Washington St. steps, and then individuals are invited to take their posters and signs and put them anywhere in Wellesley they wish.

WHS and WMS youth, community members, and families with children of any age are invited. Join us in peppering Wellesley with SIGNS OF LOVE!

Claude Kaitare – Rwanda Journey

Date: November 5, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Wakelin Room, Wellesley Free Library

Claude Kaitare

All are welcome for light refreshments beginning at 6:30 PM. The speaker will start at 7:00 PM.

Claude Kaitare was born in the early 80’s in Rwanda. He spent his childhood primarily in Kigali until the Rwandan president was assassinated on April 6th, 1994. This provided the catalyst for what is known as the genocide against Tutsi.

Claude’s began an odyssey that separated him from his family in an orphanage, led him to live with an aunt and some family members in Portland Maine. He went on to attend high school and graduated from Clark University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in History in 2005. In January, he complete graduate level Holocaust and Genocide Studies certificate program at Salem State University. Claude has travelled extensively through Eastern Europe and most recently visited Rwanda with Salem State University in 2015, 16 and 17.

Claude continues to testify about the tragedies that he witnessed in the genocide to different high schools and universities in collaboration with Facing History and Ourselves for whom he has been a resource speaker since the early 2000s. He aims to educate others on genocide and war crimes since unfortunately history does repeat itself. His objective is to continue raising awareness in hope of minimizing ignorance about the human catastrophe of genocide.

This is a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Wellesley.

Natick Powow

Date: September 28, 2019

Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, Grand Entry 1:00 pm

Location: Cochituate State Park, Natick

Natick Powwow

Annual Harvest Moon and Creator Praise Celebration. Hosted by the Praying Indians of Natick Tribe. Honoring the Elders, Special Guest, Food, Singing, Dancing, Storytelling & More. This powwow takes place the last Saturday of September every year.

The earth is sacred, Creator says it is so. Join us and give honor to this sacred bond. Let the soles of your moccasins feel the power of the Great Spirit. How good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!- Psalm 133:1

We thank the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Town of Natick for allowing our tribe to hold this ceremony on our sacred land. All are welcome to this *FREE event!

*Please note that while admission to the Natick Powwow is free, Cochituate State Park does charge a fee for parking.

ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED