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Discovering and exploring ubuntu-language in the dialogue between the Dutch Reformed Church and the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa

Lieze Meiring

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 36, No 2 (2015), 8 pages. doi: 10.4102/ve.v36i2.1439

Submitted: 23 February 2015
Published:  17 July 2015

Abstract

Discussions with members of the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) and the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA) in Ohrigstad illustrate the possibilities of ubuntu-language in overcoming racism and prejudice. After proposing a number of meanings and values related to ubuntu, this research explores the role of ubuntu-language – and at times the lack thereof – in the concrete relationship between these two faith communities as an expression of recent South African history. Ubuntu-language seems to offer unique outcomes in this relationship in strengthening identity, unleashing vitality, celebrating diversity, awakening solidarity, revealing humanity, bolstering individualism and enhancing Christianity.


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Lieze Meiring, Department of Practical Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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