Thursday, October 1, 2009

What does Ubuntu mean?

- from Heidi Fieldston who is a priest associate at Christ Church in Needham.

Ubuntu is a Zulu or Xhosa word that describes human identity as being formed through community and encompassing a sense of caring, sharing and being in harmony with all of creation.

The central concept of, "Ubuntu", a theological concept promoted by Archbishop Desmond Tutu is:

I am because we are;
I in you and you in me;
what heals you heals me and
what harms you harms me.

Ubuntu is a word and an idea that helps us think about our connections to each other and to our community.

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