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Sankofa is a word in the Twi language of Ghana that translates to “Go back and get it” (san – to return; ko – to go; fa – to fetch, to seek and take) and also refers to the Asante Adinkra symbol represented either with a stylized heart shape or by a bird with its head turned backwards while its feet face forward carrying a precious egg in its mouth. 

Whatever is lost, forgotten, for-gone, or been stripped away we can reclaim, revive, preserve and perpetuate. 

This month we too are embracing the idea of reaching back. In our children’s program we’ll be learning about: 

  • Reclaiming an honest history.

  • Remembering those who have gone before and the guidance they have for us today. 

  • Remembering and noticing all of life’s gifts that lay all around us.

  • Remembering our values in a world where buying stuff is more important than being good people. 

Learn more about upcoming sessions here. 

After Sankofa made its way to the U.S., African-American scholars embraced the term to structure and inspire their work. In fact, in our own Unitarian Universalist culture the “Sankofa Special Collection” at Meadville Lombard Theological School tells the story of UU’s of colour. 

Arran Liddel
Director of Spiritual Exploration and Learning for Children and Youth