And as we gather these days, let us reach beyond ourselves and “our own” to connect with and share in mutual empowerment (economically, spiritually, and communally) for the Healing of the Nations. —RevL Nkosi
Over 15 years ago, we celebrated our first Kwanzaa together. On that January 1, Imani (Faith) day, welcomed people to come together from various cultures, faith backgrounds and corners of the city and world was something to behold in our otherwise separated and segregated city. We welcomed people to bring friends and strangers alike and to bring something to share from their family and cultural traditions. Perhaps you were there or at the Love Poetry Jams, Grace Hope Light of the World or other circle community gatherings that followed over the years.
Beloved Community, this is where the ministry of Ubuntu Global Village was seeded and born. Ubuntu Global Village comes from a rich tradition and heritage of gathering folks in a circle formation and creating space for voices to be heard, connections to be made, empowerment to be experienced, and organizing to take place.
As we celebrate Kwanzaa this year, I invite us to come out of ourselves and even out of our communities and familiar surroundings and reach across cultures, across communities, across the African Diaspora. out into the world. During the seven days of Kwanzaa, we celebrate the Nguzo Saba or 7 Principles of Kwanzaa. Today we celebrate Ujaama which in Swahili means “cooperative economics.” My prayer is that in this season of Kwanzaa and preparation for the New Year 2010, that we widen our vision, open our hearts and stretch our investments (personal, communal and financial) to connecting across the waters, across the African Diaspora. We must connect with communities across the human family and unite together in mutual empowerment and encouragement for the Healing of the Nations, the healing of our communities, making way for our children and our children’s children.
This is a nice way to say, let’s get out of our individualistic mode of “me and mine,” “my church and your church,” “my community and your community,” “my interests and your interests.” Let us step out of plantation politics and ways of being. Let us get out of this illusion of competition with each other. Let us “check ourselves before we wreck ourselves.”
Ubuntu in Zulu and other African languages means “We are because you are” and “people are people THROUGH others.” In Kinyarwanda it means “the generosity” and “the essence of humanity.” Our sister Marie Goretti Mukalisa of the Ubuntu Centre Rwanda puts it this way. “In fact Ubuntu as such is so rich, so complete, that any translation we try diminish the whole sense.”
So as we celebrate Kwanzaa in these days, as we prepare our hearts and lives for the New Year 2010, let us meditate on Ubuntu. Let us open ourselves to be a part of the great grace of Ubuntu which is so needed in our lives, world and communities today. And as we gather these days, let us reach beyond ourselves and “our own” to connect with and share in mutual empowerment (economically, spiritually, and communally) for the Healing of the Nations.
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Global Pastor, MovementMother and Public Poet