Quotes from the Common Bowl

Word Roots: 

The Ancient Greek roots of the word history carry the meanings of “inquiry“, “knowledge from inquiry“, or “to judge.” 

In all European languages, “history” is still used to mean both “what happened” and “the study of what happened.” In modern German and French, the same word is used to mean both “history” and “story.”


History is written by the victors. 
~Author unknown 

History is written by everyone. The more accurate quote would be, “History is temporarily twisted by people who’re going to profit from it in the short term.” 
~Subham Jain 

The prophetic tasks of the church are to tell the truth in a society that lives in an illusion, grieve in a society that practices denial, and express hope in a society that lives in despair.
~Walter Brueggemann 

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 

To acknowledge our ancestors means we are aware that we did not make ourselves.
~Alice Walker 

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes—our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking around. 
~G. K. Chesterton 

(Curated and adapted for KUF from the 2021 Soul Matters materials for the theme ‘Holding History’ by Rev. Beckett Coppola.)