Ubuntu, koinonia and diakonia, a way to reconciliation in South Africa?

SOURCE: HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2015
TITLE AUTHOR(S): G.Breed, K.Semenya
KEYWORDS: RECONCILIATION, SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIAL ATTITUDES SURVEY (SASAS), UBUNTU
DEPARTMENT: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 11052
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/14994

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Abstract

This article seeks to contribute to the process of reconciliation in South Africa. This is achieved by firstly exploring the meaning of ubuntu as a common culture or religion under a large percentage of South Africas people over the borders of language and other cultural values. In the second part of the article two concepts that play a major role in Christianity are explored, namely koinonia and diakonia. Again a large percentage of South Africans believe that the Bible is the Word of God in which the right way of living is described. A comparison is made between the core values of ubuntu and the way of living that emerges from the use of the two concepts of koinonia and diakonia in the New Testament. A way that can contribute to reconciliation is suggested from this comparison.