Acts 2:43-47 and Ubuntu as unique exemplars for possible ecclesial re-invigoration of white squatters of the Munsieville informal settlement : a practical theological study
Erichsen, Solomon Gustav
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This study investigated Acts 2:43-47 and Ubuntu as unique exemplars to influence negative attitudes of white residents of Pango Camp Munsieville informal settlement towards the church. The study rests on the assumption that communicating the Gospel not only involves preaching, but embodying the Gospel in order to set an example by which people are motivated to change. Hence the study focus on the practical implementation of the first Christians and Ubuntu philosophy to create a community in action, helping themselves to cope with dire living conditions. From that point the study shifts to the koinonia and diaconal activities simulating the lifestyle of the early Christians. To investigate conditions and attitudes in Pango Camp, the researcher formulated the following questions: * What are some of the attitudes of the white squatters of Munsieville regarding the Christian faith and the institutional church? * What are some of the causes of the current situation amongst the white squatters of Munsieville and how do they relate to their attitude towards the Christian faith and the institutional church? * What enabled the first Christians to overcome their daily challenges or struggles according to Acts 2:43-47? * What theological and theoretical principles can be deducted from Acts 2:43-47 and Ubuntu that can possibly spiritually reinvigorate and reconnect the white squatters of Munsieville to the body of Christ? As these questions also form the objectives of this study, they were answered by implementing the research model of Osmer (2008) in Chapters 2 to 5. The study ends with a conclusion and recommendation which will hopefully contribute to the praxeology of intervention in disadvantaged groups, especially in terms of their spiritual reinvigoration.
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