Dr. Elwood Lee Robinson, Chancellor of Winston-Salem State University from Durham, NC posted the following to his Facebook page on Sunday Morning, December 30, 2018. He was writing about his experience with us in the Ray Of Hope Church Kwanzaa experience of 2018. He was at Veronica's house and live with us on Skype. This is his post:
One special event that I participated in this week was the third night of Kwanzaa ceremony at my sister-in-law's house. Kwanzaa offers another level of spiritual experssion. When the Kwanzaa table is set, the candleholder, known as the kinara, holds seven candles. Three red candles, three green candles, and one black candle at the center comprise the kinara. These symbols represent the African liberation flag. Each candle represents one of the seven principles and is lit on the day that prinicple is celebrated. This night we celebrated Ujima and discussed how this prinicple was important for enhancing and strengthening our communities.
The seven principles of Kwanzaa are Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purplse), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith).
It is from this African-American cultural ethos, combined with the transforming words of Paul's Letter to the Romans, that we find the authentic epression of love and peace in this holiday season. It is during this month that we celebrate Kwanzaa, Christmas, and Hanukkah that we are reminded of what is important to live a blessed life. Faith, hope, and love are the three gifts that will be ours throughout all eternity. And agape love is the ultimate gift. God in His goodness gives us the privilege of possessing these gifts today, and we look forward to having them remain with us forever.
Ray Of Hope Church is celebrating our fifth year of celebrating Kwanzaa December 26, 2022 and it will on January 1, 2023, with the exception of December 31. We are celebrating the seven principles in six services. All six worship services will be available for you to read and the video recordings here on our web site.
2020 Dec. 27 Sunday Kwanzaa principle 1 Umoja (Unity) and 2 Kujichagulia (Self determination) 8:45 p.m. Download the service: Right Click Here. Watch the video of the worship event here: Right Click Here.
2020 Dec. 28 Monday Kwanzaa day 3 Ujima (Collective work &responsibility) 8:45 p.m. Download the program: Right Click Here. Watch the ten minutes service from our Facebook page: Right Click Here. Visit. like, and follow or Facebook page: Right Click Here.
Maulana Ndabezitha Karenga, previously known as Ron Karenga, (born Ronald McKinley Everett, July 14, 1941) is an American professor of Africana studies, activist and author, best known as the creator of the pan-African and the African-American holiday of Kwanzaa. . . . Modelling the holiday after the African "first fruit" traditions, Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966. The rituals of the holiday promote African traditions including the "seven principles of African Heritage".
3rd Ujima (oo-JEE-mah) Collective Work and Responsibility
4th Ujamaa (oo-jah-Mah-ah) Cooperative Economics
5th Nia (NEE-ah) Purpose
6th Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah) Creativity
7th Imani (ee-MAN-nee) Faith
See TWO excellent videos of Aliyjia and Rashaad cashing in their 2020 year-long Ujamaa - cooperative economics project. Their family all helped by collect the change all year long, working cooperatively! Working together the children raised $101.97 to give to a charity of their choice. This year they gave to Ray Of Hope Church. We are very grateful and thankful. The links to the videos are under the pictures below.
2022 Kwanzaa night 1 December 26, 2022. The First Principle:Umoja (oo-MO-jah) Unity. To read the service in PDF RIGHT CLICK HERE. To see the Facebook Live Video of the first night Click Here.
2022 Kwanzaa night 2 December 27, 2022. The Second Principle:Kujichagulia (koo-jee-chah-GOO-lee-ah) Self Determination. To read the service in PDF RIGHT CLICK HERE. To see the Facebook Live Video of the second night Click Here.
2022 Kwanzaa night 3, Wednesday, December 28 7:00 p.m. we celebrated the Third Principle:Ujima (oo-JEE-mah) Collective Work and Responsibility. To read the service in PDF RIGHT CLICK HERE. To see the Facebook Live Video of the third night RIGHT CLICK HERE.
2022 Kwanzaa night 4 was celebrated on Thursday, December 29 7:00 p.m. the Fourth Principle:Ujamaa (oo-jah-Mah-ah) Cooperative Economics. To read the service in PDF RIGHT CLICK HERE. To see the Facebook Live Video of the fourth night RIGHT CLICK HERE.
2022 Kwanzaa night 5 was celebrated on Friday, December 30. at 7:00 p.m. We celebrated both the 5th and the 6th principles. The Fifth Prinicple is Nia (NEE-ah) Purpose. The Sixth Principle is Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah) Creativity. To read the service in PDF RIGHT CLICK HERE. To see the Facebook Live Video of the fifth night RIGHT CLICK HERE.
Veronica wrote: "The Kwanzaa family puzzle completed for the 6th day of Kwanzaa- Kuumba (creativity) by Tami's great neice. It's prominently displayed on the kitchen table." 12-30-22
2022 Kwanzaa night 5 will be celebrated on Friday, December 30. at 7:00 p.m. We will celebrate both the 5th and the 6th principles. The Fifth Prinicple is Nia (NEE-ah) Purpose. The Sixth Principle is Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah) Creativity. To read the service in PDF RIGHT CLICK HERE. Join us live and interactively on Skype.You do not need a Skype account to participate, enter as "guest" when prompted. Here is the Skype Link: https://join.skype.com/qt6Y1PQvj04l.
2022 Kwanzaa night 7 was celebrated on Sunday, January 1, 2023. at 7:00 p.m. We celebrated the 7th principle Imani (ee-MAN-nee) Faith. To read the service in PDFRIGHT CLICK HERE. To see the Facebook Live videoRIGHT CLICK HERE.