2009-01-09 / Community

St. John's Episcopal Hospital Observes Kwanzaa

Pictured (l to r): Rev. Jacob Botchway, Clinical Pastoral Education Program, Episcopal Health Services; Rev. Dr. Cecily P. Broderick y Guerra, Vice President, Pastoral Care, Episcopal Health Services; Nathalie Nelson, Pastoral Care, Episcopal Health Services; Maggie Larkins, Clinical Pastoral Education Program, Episcopal Health Services; Leslie Duroseau, Clinical Pastoral Education Program, Episcopal Health Services; and Harold Lalande, Clinical Pastoral Education Program, Episcopal Health Services. Pictured (l to r): Rev. Jacob Botchway, Clinical Pastoral Education Program, Episcopal Health Services; Rev. Dr. Cecily P. Broderick y Guerra, Vice President, Pastoral Care, Episcopal Health Services; Nathalie Nelson, Pastoral Care, Episcopal Health Services; Maggie Larkins, Clinical Pastoral Education Program, Episcopal Health Services; Leslie Duroseau, Clinical Pastoral Education Program, Episcopal Health Services; and Harold Lalande, Clinical Pastoral Education Program, Episcopal Health Services. The Pastoral Care Department of St. John's Episcopal Hospital held a ceremony to observe Kwanzaa, a celebration which includes candle lighting centered around seven principles meant to help uplift the African-American community. Kwanzaa, which means fruits of the harvest in Swahili, focuses on the values of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Kwanzaa, a week-long celebration, from December 26 to January 1, is not a religious or political observance but it reaffirms the unity of African-American people, ancestors, and culture.

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