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Concluding Remarks on Ubuntu in the Context of Migration and Ministry

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The concurrent images of the politicians and marketers' 'ubuntu nation', on the one hand, and of attacks against foreign township or inner-city inhabitants, on the other, raise uneasy questions. Verryn's ubuntu vision had a liberation theological frame, although it also resonated, for instance, with the Methodist tradition. The vision and Verryn's approach in general may be described as "a form of praxis, life and commitment", in so far as his preaching, personal conversion and lifestyle reinforced each other. In a context characterised by socio-economic inequality, the preferential option for the poor and the notion of ubuntu, and more specifically that of interdependence, were both complementary and rivals as building blocks of the vision: when the emphasis was on the dignity of the underdog, the channel for the actualization of the presumably 'stronger' party's potential appeared to be, at least partly, pre-defined, and hence their true agency contested.

Keywords: actualization; socio-economic inequality; stronger party; ubuntu; Verryn

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