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
“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Ponder + Pray:: From An African Prayer Book
You have Our Faith with Our Bodies
Eternal Parent, thank you for your revelation
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,
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
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