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Ujamaa: Cooperative Economics

Kwanzaa series #4


Ujamaa: Cooperative Economics

Represented by the second red candle on the Kinara, to the right of Umoja, symbolizes the illumination of the principle of Cooperative Economics.

The fourth of the seven principles is Cooperative Economics spoken in Swahili- Ujamaa.

The principle of Cooperative Economics is to embrace individually, the practice of making a resolution for an autonomous association of persons united purposed to developing of production, consumption, and transfer of wealth specifically, the common needs of the many. In these principles, we recognize that it is pleasant for brothers to dwell together in a spirit of unity so that we who have come together in spirit of Christ, work as family in the community of Faith.

Psalm 133:1-3 (Cooperation) Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

2 Thessalonians 3:10 (Economics) For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

Great Creator, we openly thank you for grace of cooperation. We exalt praise for Your kindness as we share the portions of our combined providence. We decree and declare blessings for our provision in our obedience to Your Word, so that the precious ointment that ran down Aaron's beard will bring blessings for life evermore. This we pray with an anointing in the name of Jesus. Amen.


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