Resources on Heritage

Reflect on HERITAGE

  • What story told by (or about) your ancestors has shaped you the most?
  • What is your favorite family memento? And why does it have such a hold on you?
  • What’s the legacy of your first embarrassment? And of your first award/triumph?
  • We usually think of heritage as tied to people, but places shape us as much as our family trees. What “inheritance” was passed on to you by your childhood hometown or childhood house?

Quotes about HERITAGE

  • “When we lie about the past, we steal from the future.” – Abigail Bengson
  • “Here is what I would like for you to know: In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body — it is heritage.”  Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • “My father used to say that stories are part of the most precious heritage of humankind.” -Tahir Shah
  • “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” – William Faulkner

Books that relate to the theme of Heritage – These are great reads to complement our focus on HERITAGE this month.

  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents byIsabel Wilkerson
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity  by David Graeber & David Wengrow
  • Lamarck’s Revenge: How Epigenetics Is Revolutionizing Our Understanding of Evolution’s Past and Present by Peter Ward

HERITAGE at the Movies!

  • Coco (family friendly)
  • Blinded by the Light
  • Fences
  • Lion

Other Things about HERITAGE on the Internet

  • Can Trauma Be Inherited?
  • Reflecting On The Past To Understand The Present
  • “Reflections on the 1980s Article II Revision—and Why it’s Time to Revise Again”
  • Remembering The Black Empowerment Tragedy – UU World Magazine


On Spotify & YouTube

  • Spotify playlist here
  • YouTube playlist here



Unitarian Universalist:

  • Michael Servetus burned at the stake in Geneva – Oct. 27 (1553) (more here)
  • UU Merger Vote: Unitarians and Universalists, meeting separately in Syracuse, NY, voted to proceed with consolidation – Oct. 31, 1959.  (The official consolidation, UUA Founding Day, happened in 1961 on May 12. – more here)

National & Cultural Holidays:

For Fun and On the Fringe: