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Practicing Ubuntu Among International Students

Cronshaw, Darren J. and Jackel, Brad (2016) Practicing Ubuntu Among International Students. Practical Theology. pp. 301-313. ISSN 1756-0748

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Abstract

This article uses the concept of Ubuntu to analyse the experience of international students studying in Australia with the ‘AuburnHub’ initiative of AuburnLife Baptist Church. The Hub was instituted to cater to international students’ need for community, hospitality and conversational English. We propose that ‘I am because we are’ is a valid way of understanding being. International students, dislocated from their previous networks, present an opportunity for churches to utilize the concept of Ubuntu to guide community-building initiatives as well as an opportunity to investigate the utility of this understanding of being. AuburnHub presents a model for a Western application of Ubuntu in a globalized context. ‘I am because we are’ helps us to welcome the fact that as we change the makeup of our ‘we’ through effective ministry we will also be changed ourselves.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): community development, hospitality, interfaith relations, student ministry, Ubuntu
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subject Area(s): Ministry Studies
Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
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Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 13:14
Last Modified: 08 May 2017 13:14
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2373

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