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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 practice Ubuntu with 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: Published Version
Keywords: Community development, Hospitality, Interfaith relations, Student ministry, Ubuntu
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: Ministry Studies
D - Missiology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Rev Prof Darren John Cronshaw
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2018 05:50
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2018 00:00
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2091

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