Holding History Together

I am from clothespins,
from Clorox and carbon-tetrachloride.
I am from the dirt under the back porch.
(Black, glistening it tasted like beets.)
-George Ella Lyon

Where are you from? What are the scents, the stories, and memories of your childhood?

Over this year, I have been interviewing my mother about her life and writing an informal memoir. It is wonderful to get a glimpse into her life, my family, and her values through this process. I am grateful to be able to hold a piece of her (and my) history.

Our theme this month, Holding History, invites us all to reflect on our personal and family histories, as well as the history we have been taught, the legacies of our country and ancestors. These are huge questions!

Find other activities for holding history together here.

As a congregation, we are committed to address painful and unjust histories, moving to center those most impacted. We are looking at the history of People of Color in the United States and in Unitarian Universalism. Our studies of Widening the Circle this month will focus on UU Theology - what is it and who does it include? What is the UU Theology that we want to envision?

As you know, at each service we acknowledge that we are on ancestral lands of the Pocumtuck and Nipmuck people. This month is a great time to learn more about this history. Learn more from the Nolumbeka Project.