Traditions for a change?


Because of our traditions,
we’ve kept our balance for many, many years.
And because of our traditions,
every one of us knows who he is
and what God expects him to do. – Words from  a fiddler on the roof:


I wonder what we might need to learn from the people of Anatevka, in “Fiddler on the Roof” for our generation

Think about this for a minute:
Without traditions, our lives would be as shaky as a fiddler on the roof
How does that sit with you? As a people, how do we keep our balance? are traditions synonymous with ‘balance?’ what signs, what rituals & what symbols characterizes your life? What does  the rhythms of our lives say about us? How should we care?

About Daniel Zopoula

Daniel is a is a provocative leader in Christian Practice. A long-distance runner in the struggle for justice, Daniel's journey is rooted in a rich African tradition of soulcraft that put a premium on Ancestor appreciation, gentle embrace of others, cultural manners and social justice. Though deeply wounded and perennially scarred by the traumatic circumstances that paved the realities of his upbringings, Daniel emerged with great dignity, decency and integrity, love, courage and humour; choosing social advocacy rather than a life of blind avarice and personal subservience. The sum realities of pervasive terror, chronic trauma and vicious stigma that was shot through the "soul-making" of young Daniel yielded his true passion to profoundly influence, lead and inspire people from all walks of life into positive change and bearing witness to love and justice. Daniel's story is a tale of a man courageous enough to be fully human, living and loving out loud: "When your life doesn't belong to you, survival is not required," he says. Daniel writes and speaks internationally on Christian Practice, Spiritual & Emotional Leadership, Inspiration, Personal & Organizational health, Family Systems, Trauma, and Emotional Wellness. Daniel is a personal growth, and spiritual health consultant; a Life Coach, Spiritual Adviser, Author, Speaker, Activist.


  1. Laurie Cottingham on January 1, 2011 at 11:57 am

    “Fiddler on the Roof” is my favorite musical ! Good choice for one to ponder, bringing in a new year ! All the best to you and your family in 2011 Daniel, and a rewarding year for all your work at the orphanage. God Bless.

    • Daniel Zopoula on January 1, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      Thank so much Laurie! Have a wonderful new year! I really do wonder what we might need to learn from the people of Anatevka, in “Fiddler on the Roof” for our generation – Without traditions, in what ways could our lives be as shaky as a fiddler on the roof…and how, how do we keep our moral balance? are traditions synonymous with ‘balance’ in the face of so much relativity? I muse about the fruit that might grow out of a journey with a little more traditions in our lives.

      Many blessings, Daniel

  2. Hien Stanislas on May 31, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Ah….may the Lord keep the Tzar faaaar from us…! Ca fait bien rire….

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