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

By Lieze Meiring

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<p>Discussions with members of the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) and the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA) in Ohrigstad illustrate the possibilities of <em>ubuntu</em>-language in overcoming racism and prejudice. After proposing a number of meanings and values related to <em>ubuntu</em>, this research explores the role of <em>ubuntu</em>-language � and at times the lack thereof � in the concrete relationship between these two faith communities as an expression of recent South African history. <em>Ubuntu</em>-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.</p

Topics: Ubuntu, Dutch Reformed Church, URCSA, Dialogue, Language, Religion (General), BL1-50
Publisher: AOSIS
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.4102/ve.v36i2.1439
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:7674eff5161a4608802348dab46224ec
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