News and Updates ...
World in Watertown co-sponsors immigration stories banners
World in Watertown co-sponsored* a colorful and creative initiative to highlight Watertown immigration stories on banners that have been mounted throughout Watertown Square.
The banners were created by students at the Hosmer Elementary School to illustrate the immigration stories of their families.
Join the public dedication ceremony was held on Friday, June 26, at 6:30 pm in the Delta.
* Other sponsors: Town of Watertown, Mass Cultural Council, and Watertown Savings Bank
World in Watertown meeting on status and future
April 1 – 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Why consider the status of World in Watertown? There are a number of factors that have contributed to this situation:
In the past few years, there have been very few programs (other than the Unity Breakfast) and low attendance at our regular monthly meetings.
Last year we lost Sue Kuder – our Chairperson and leader for the past several years – and no one has taken on that leadership role.
We are experiencing a generational gap in our membership – most of those who have been active are aging and now in our retirement years.
Other organizations in Watertown have formed or grown, having goals that overlap with the mission of World In Watertown (e.g., Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment; Uplift Watertown).
What are the options? Given this situation, the Board of Directors met recently and decided that it is time for World in Watertown (a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization) to conduct an honest and frank assessment of its status, and to consider options for its future.
Such options might include:
Reinvigorating the organization with new leadership and new, younger members
Exploring options for merging with another group
Beginning a process for an orderly “winding down” of the organization
Regardless of the path forward, the Board also affirmed a commitment to continue sponsorship and support to the Unity Breakfast (which is going through its own change of leadership this year) during any transition period.
What’s the meeting agenda? The purpose of the April 1 meeting will be to consider these questions.
We anticipate the meeting will cover the following topics:
Personal remembrances and reflections about World in Watertown
Board update on the status of the organization and the Unity Breakfast
Summary of options for moving forward
Open discussion of options
Next steps – who will do what
We look forward to an honest, frank, and robust discussion – and hope that you will join us.
World in Watertown Board of Directors
Watertown Walks for Peace 2019
Watertown Walks for Peace 2020
Our 2020 fundraising goal: $2020
Our 2020 fundraising total: $3260
This was the 6th consecutive year for Watertown Walks for Peace to support the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. Our giving will again help the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute meet the needs of gun violence survivors through its critical services, advocacy and training
This year's Walk for Peace was a "virtual walkathon" because of the Covid-19 crisis. In spite of all the Covid-19 challenges, our combined enthusiasm and generosity resulted in strong participation and giving
Our 2020 virtual fundraising goal was $2020 … but we raised $3260 — $1240 (61%) *over* the goal
This $3260 total is only $15 less than the amount we raised in 2019 ($3275) — when we had two buses of participants actually walking with others from Dorchester to City Hall
More importantly — 55 individuals and families made donations this year … 8 more than in 2019 (47 donations).
World in Watertown was a co-sponsor for this year's Watertown Walks for Peace, along with Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment. First Parish and Church of the Good Shepherd were also generous supporters
Find out more: http://www.ldbpeaceinstitute.org
News & Updates
This forum was organized in two parts: learning about Islamic practices from Imam Ismail Fenni, of the Islamic Society of Boston’s Cambridge mosque; insights from a local artist's paintings depicting Muslim practices in a small village in West Africa.
The forum introduced non-Muslim participants to the “Five Pillars of Islam” (faith, prayer, charity, fasting, and pilgrimage), and featureed paintings by local Watertown artist Sheri Kennedy interpreting the Five Pillars from her Peace Corps experience in Niger, West Africa.
The forum highlighted the similarities and differences of Islamic practices in different societies, and encouraged non-Muslim participants to reflect on their own religious and spiritual practices.
"Time is Always Right" Public Mural
World in Watertown, as a convening organization for the Kingian Nonviolence Coordinating Committee, helped to organize and sponsor the dedication of a new public art project dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The new mural was designed and created by Ruth Henry (a Watertown Middle School teacher and founder of the Kingian Nonviolent Conflict Resolution training curriculum) and a team of Watertown students, residents, police officers, and other town organizations.
The mural was dedicated on June 7, 2019, at the basketball court in Saltsonstall Park, and now serves as public presence honoring Dr. King in a prominent Watertown location.
Watertown Walks for Peace 2019
World in Watertown was once again a lead organizer for "Watertown Walks For Peace" (WW4P), a contingent of Watertown familes, adults, and students marching in the annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace in Boston.
Almost 100 Watertown residents participated in the event -- 74 of them as walkers and donors, and the others as donors only. Almost 20 young people (family members or students from the Middle School and High School) provided energy and emotion throughout the walk.
Most importantly, WW4P raised over $3000 for the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, a Boston-based nonprofit working with individuals and families affected by gun violence.
See below for the Watertown Tab's coverage of the event.
"Watertown groups walk for a worthy cause"
Watertown Tab / Wicked Local
"Despite the rainy and cold weather on Mother’s Day, more than 75 Watertown youth, their parents and other residents joined others from Boston and surrounding communities in the Mother’s Day Walk for Peace from Fields Corner in Dorchester to Government Center.
The seven-mile walk raises funds and awareness for the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, a center of healing, teaching and learning for families and communities impacted by murder, grief, trauma and loss ... "
Vigil to Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
April 4, 2018 (5:30 - 6:30 pm)