Elwood Lee Robinson 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 celebrated Kwanzaa beginning December 26, 2018 and ending on the seventh day of the celebration, January 1, 2019. All seven worship services are available for you to read here on our web site. Also, there are Facebook Live recordings of all seven linked here as well.