Ubuntu = "I am, because you are.”
“A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.” - Bishop Tutu
So what are Ubuntu Groups?
Ubuntu groups are a small group of 8-10 people including 2 co-facilitators who commit to meeting once a week for 1.5 hours to share, study, pray and struggle together. Let’s face it ... worship can be meaningful and beautiful, but real transformation happens most often within a small group of people who are willing to be vulnerable, honest, open and take risks together with each other and Jesus. When Jesus pulls up a chair and gets all "up in our business' in these small group settings, we’ll never be the same. These groups will also require regular attendance, energy and investment and a willingness to even be (dun-dun-dun) uncomfortable. We will meet in safe spaces, agree to a shared covenant, and offer mutual, grace-filled accountability. The groups will be structured and organized, but also flexible enough to allow space for the movement of the Holy Spirit (who sometimes lets us follow our outlines, and then other times likes to laugh at our plans). Basically, for all those folks who have said to us, “Hey, I’d really like to commit to “going deeper theologically and have my life changed,” well, these groups are for you. Prepare yourself for a powerful journey. Ubuntu groups will create safe spaces for us to thoroughly wrestle with “topics” that have been in the media and front and center in our culture recently. We believe that God calls us to listen, love beyond labels, and see beyond the limiting language of “topic” or “issue.” The first complex topic we’ll journey through together is: “The Intersection of Church and Human Sexuality."
Questions? Want to join the journey? Email Shiree Harbick at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you’re interested in signing up for the UBUNTU group’s here is the covenant that we will ask you to sign: