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 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

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.