Word Root & Definition
In the early 13th century, the root words of change meant “to substitute one for another.” By the late 13th century, the meaning was shifting to “become different, be altered.” (source) This tension still exists, between replacing something and creating something new. This seems especially relevant to both personal and social transformation. Are we simply swapping out one habit/system for another, when what is truly needed is more novel and radical change?
It’s Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month.
Let’s honor it by listening to the many creative people of Native American and Alaska Native heritage who carry on Indigenous traditions and challenge the bias and discrimination faced by Native American/Indigenous people both historically and currently. https://www.pbs.org/articles/30-stories-for-30-days-of-native-american-and-alaska-native-heritage-month
This month’s Soul Matters Theme is Change. On the cusp of another season of elections, honoring our veterans and pausing for a moment of Thanksgiving, our theme this month invites us to consider the ways in which we respond to the inevitability of change.
Inspired by the vision of human fortitude in the midst of the march of time and history, consider the words of Lily and Abigail Chapin whose song “We Will Not Stop Singing” helps us find the strength and courage to meet the challenges of a changing world. Thanks to the First Unitarian Brooklyn Choir for their fine rendition of this special song.