Celestin Musekura :: How do you define ‘Ubuntu’?

  • “’Ubuntu’ literally, in my mother tongue, means grace,” says Dr. Celestin Musekura, President and Founder of African Leadership And Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM, Inc.), as well as a co-founder of the Sudan Evangelical Alliance. Ubuntu philosophy is that “I am because you are,” as opposed to the European philosophy that “I am because I am.” “Ubuntu philosophy says if I am going to be human, I must accept the humanity of the other person.” Promoted by Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, it requires that we see a perpetrator as a human being, even if they are guilty of something terrible. “If I maintain his humanity, and I maintain my humanity, then I see a hope that maybe tomorrow we can sit together.”

    Click here to read more about Ubuntu on Wikipedia.

    Click here to read about Desmond Tutu on Wikipedia.

    Click here to read about Nelson Mandela on Wikipedia.

    From The Justice Conference 2012.

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