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October Inspiration

Our theme for services and events this month is 'Heritage'. Here, we share some inspiring words of wisdom and some questions to give you food for thought.

Words of Wisdom

‘If you have the option to not think about or even consider history,... that’s how you know you’re on board the ship that serves hors d’oeuvres and fluffs your pillows, while others are out at sea, swimming or drowning, or clinging to little inflatable rafts that they have to take turns keeping inflated’

Tommy Orange

‘In times like these, I look to the past. I come from people not meant to survive, and here is our bloodline, stronger than ever.’

Brittany Packnett

‘My father used to say that stories are part of the most precious heritage of humankind.’

Tahir Shah

‘When heritage becomes a box instead of an inspiration, it has gone too far.’

Brandon Sanderson

Questions for Reflection

1. What story told by (or about) your ancestors has shaped you the most?

2. If you could talk to one of your ancestors, who would you choose? And what would you ask them?

3. 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?


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