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Day 3 of Kwanzaa - Ujima

pronounced: oo-jee’-ma

12. But we appeal to you, brothers and sisters, to respect those who labor among you, and have charge of you in the Lord and admonish you; 13. esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 14. And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. 15. See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. 16. Rejoice always, 17. pray without ceasing, 18. give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-18 NRSV

In “Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community and Culture” Maulana Karenga (the creator of Kwanzaa) describes collective work and responsibility (Ujima) as “a commitment to active and informed togetherness on matters of common interest”.  The common interest is the restoration that which was damaged or destroyed by the Holocaust of Enslavement of Africans.  Ujima is based on a fundamental assumption that African is not just an identity but also a destiny and duty.

What are the needs of our community? Make a list of these needs. Are any of them not being met? What action can you take to address these situations?


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