You Can’t Choose Your Relatives, But You Can Choose Your Ancestors

During this month focused on “the gift of heritage,” let’s consider how “heritage” differs from “history.” We choose what we regard as our heritage by the activities, social groups, and congregations we voluntarily associate through common values.

Because heritage can be a matter of choice, we also come by the “ancestors” in that heritage by our own choosing, individuals of the past who can inspire our lives today and into the future going forward. Who are your Unitarian Universalist ancestors? Who most inspires you?

I’ll review my story of claiming Rev. Lydia Ann Jenkins as one of my most significant ancestors in ministry.