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.
This article was written as
part of the research for a PhD
degree that was done under
supervision of Prof Julian
C. Müller, Department of
Practical Theology, University
of Pretoria, South Africa.