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 held our third year of celebrating Kwanzaa December 27, 2020 and we ended on January 1, 2021, with the exception of December 31. We celebrated seven principles in five services. All five worship services are 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.