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A Kwanzaa Invitation



This Kwanzaa invitation is a 'first fruit' celebration. A celebration about: ingathering (bonding of the people), recommitment (to African cultures), commemoration (of the past), reverence (for the Creator), and celebration (of all that is good).


Together, let's take a 7-day journey...


1. Umoja: Unity

2. Kujichagulia: Self-Determination

3. Ujima: Collective work and responsibility

4. Ujamaa: Cooperative Economics

5. Nia: Purpose

6. Kuumba: Creativity

7. Imani: Faith


The Nguzo Saba—Seven Principles. Seven days. Seven candles. To go deeper with me as a shalom-making co-witness, please join me in welcomig Day 1 - Umoja. To learn more and go deeper each day this week with the calendar + devotional, please vist the Kwanzaa page I've created + curated for us.

 

Meditation:: Day One - Unity


Umoja/Unity

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

-African Proverb


Ponder + Pray:: From An African Prayer Book

You have Our Faith with Our Bodies

Eternal Parent, thank you for your revelation

about death

about illness

about sorrow

Thank you for speaking so plainly to us,

for calling us all friends

and hovering over us;

for extending your arms out to us.

We cannot stand on our own

we fall into death without you.

We fall from faith, left to our own.

We are really friendless without you.

Your extended arms fill us with joy,

expressing love,

love caring and carrying,

asking and receiving our trust

You have our trust Mother,

and our faith,

and our bodies,

and all that we are and possess

We fear nothing when with you,

safe to stretch out and help others,

those troubled in faith

those troubled in body.

Father, help us to do with our bodies what we proclaim,

that our faith be known to you and to others

to be effective in all the world.

Read + Ruminate:: 1 Corinthians 12:12-26


Artwork: “Morning Harvest” Kathleen Atkins Wilson



Until next time,


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