Straight from the Heart

A Blog by Rev. Carey Grady

Epiphany: An Overlooked Season of the Christian Calendar

Our lives are centered on dates, events and activities. Christians across the globe center and organize our lives around the Christian Calendar. As a pastor our local church is organized around key dates and our local church calendar exist with the calendar for our Presiding Elder District, the Columbia Annual Conference, the 7th Episcopal District and the Connectional/Global AME Church. Along with those calendars our … Continue reading

Kwanzaa-Day 4 Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) oo-JAH-mah

If there were ever a principle that should be reflected on after a holiday that has been commercialized it should be Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics). While we live in a global society and our world is centered around international trade, there is something to be said about supporting local business owners and keeping fiscal resources in the community. The principle Ujamaa is a cry for us to support … Continue reading

Kwanzaa-Day 3 -December 28, 2023 Ujima (oo-Jee-mah) Collective Work & Responsibility

The third day of Kwanzaa we reflect on Ujima- Collective Work and Responsibility. This principle like the other Kwanzaa principles fit well together.  The first principle Umoja (Unity) is togetherness. The second principle Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) is the ability to stay focused. The third principle Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) emphasizes community working together as well as holding each other accountable.  Being unified is an excellent goal and … Continue reading

Kwanzaa: Day 2 Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) Koo-jee-cha-goo-LEE-ah

The second day of Kwanzaa we reflect on the principle of Kujichagulia (Self-Determination). Determination means clarity or firmness of purpose. If we are going to accomplish a goal we need determination. Determined also says that we must have faith, because to be determined we literally have to lean on a power that is greater than ourselves (that helps us become unwavering). In our determined spirit, … Continue reading

Kwanzaa: Umoja (Unity)

Happy Kwanzaa! Kwanzaa is an African American Holiday derived from several first fruits celebrations in Africa. The Holiday is rooted in seven Principles (from various parts of Africa) that we call the Nguzu Saba.  Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday and does not compete or interfere with the Christian religious celebrations of Christmas.   Kwanzaa, a celebration of Black Culture and the global African Diaspora was founded … Continue reading

African American History: A History of Contributions

African American History Month highlights the contributions and achievements of descendants of Africans in North America. The beauty of African American History month is that Carter G. Woodson the founder of Negro History Week that grew into African American or Black History Month is that he understood that we have a history.

A Post Martin L. King reflection on Justice

I grew up in a home where the scripture Micah 6:8 was recited and quoted. My late father Bishop Zedekiah L. Grady, every time he made remarks, would end by quoting Amos the prophet: “he has shown thee O man what is good, but what does the Lord require of thee, but to pursue Justice, love mercy and walk humbly before thy God.” I will … Continue reading

Reid Chapel Re-Enters Sanctuary

Reid Chapel Re-Enters Sanctuary On Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 10 AM Reid Chapel AME will reenter it’s sanctuary for the first time since March 2020. It has been 13 months since we last worshipped together in person. Thinking about it is overwhelming and encouraging all at the same time. COVID-19 did disrupt the world and the nation and our lives. When we re-enter the … Continue reading

26 Weeks Behind

26 Weeks Behind Us, 26 Weeks Ahead of Us

July is one of my favorite months of the year. It’s not my favorite because of the 4th of July and it’s not my favorite because of the South Carolina merciless heat. The beginning of July can be annoying with the sound of loud firecrackers that July 4 enthusiasts begin to fire up a few days before July 4, all day on July 4 and … Continue reading