In the classic movie ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ Dorothy clicks her heels a couple times and says 5 words… There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.

Home is where the people you know are. The places you’re familiar with. The habits and customs make perfect sense, because maybe you grew up with them, or at least learned why they’re there. Home is often something we take for granted, because it’s always there somewhere, even when things aren’t going as well as we would like.

When you head somewhere new, all those familiar are gone. The people are all new. The places are unknown. Habits and customs are weird. And it’s painfully obvious that you don’t quite fit in. We all go through that at some point.

Whether it was a new school when you were young. Or a new house. Or when you first got married. Or moving to a new town or city. Or a new stage in life. Everyone knows what it’s like to be alien. To be a stranger.

And it’s hard to not know. Because it’s not enough to know what’s different. In order to understand. In order to fit in. In order to make a new place home, you have to know why these things are the way they are.

You need the foundation. You need the story behind it all. You need to be part of the history. Because without it, how can you ever understand the why?

As I begin to settle, its now time for me to understand and listen to your foundation, your story, your history, your why. What is your history? What gives you life? What makes Calgary home? What makes St. Andrews’ United Church your home? Throughout the month of August I would love to hear your stories, your histories, your heart, your why.

Join me on Tuesday August 14 and/or Tuesday August 28, 2018 from 9:30am-10:30am at St. Andrews Centre to share your why stories. Help me understand your history, your passions, your foundation.

Blessings
Hillary