Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. Kwanzaa has seven core principles (Nguzo Saba). It was created by Maulana Karenga, and was first celebrated in 1966–67.
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For everything there is a season—a time to die and a time to be born. With the arrival of winter’s low dark sky, communities around the world look to the miracle of light as a sign of rebirth and a source of hope. We celebrate the promise of new life and recommit ourselves to the protection of everyone’s right to his or her own radiant humanity.
Celebrating the winter holidays, thus, is an excellent opportunity for Unitarian Universalist congregations to express their commitment to our Sixth Principle: We covenant to affirm and promote the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all. See Sixth Principle Resources for winter holidays.
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Lessons from the Kwanzaa Candles (WorshipWeb)By Gail Forsyth-Vail
December 2 (WorshipWeb)By Ralph Yeager RobertsTagged as: Multiculturalism, Race/Ethnicity
The Moment of Magic (WorshipWeb)By Victoria SaffordTagged as: Awe, Connections, Earth-Centered, Gratitude, Love, Wonder
A Prayer For Kwanzaa (WorshipWeb)By Addae Ama KrabaTagged as: Community, Diversity, Human Rights, Justice, Race/Ethnicity, Unitarian Universalism
Testifying (a reading for five voices) (WorshipWeb)By Mark HicksTagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 6th Principle (World Community), Anti-Oppression, Diversity, Multiculturalism, Multiculturalism, Race/Ethnicity, Unitarian Universalism
A Winter Speech Choir (WorshipWeb)By Lois Van LeerTagged as: Christianity, Judaism, Multiculturalism, Multiculturalism, Paganism