Anglican Samizdat

July 9, 2009

TEC General Convention: a Ubuntu party

Filed under: Anglican Angst — David Jenkins @ 2:00 pm

Katherine Jefferts-Schori, is in the throws of concocting a new – well, old, really – religion:

Ubuntu. That word doesn’t have any “I”s in it. The I only emerges as we connect – and that is really what the word means: I am because we are, and I can only become a whole person in relationship with others. There is no “I” without “you,” and in our context, you and I are known only as we reflect the image of the one who created us. Some of you will hear a resonance with Martin Buber’s I and Thou and recognize a harmony. You will not be wrong.

Living in Ubuntu implies that selfishness and self-centeredness cannot long survive. We are our siblings’ keepers and their knowers, and we cannot be known without them – we have no meaning, no true existence in isolation. We shall indeed die as we forget or ignore that reality.

Katherine Jefferts-Schori – on the trailing edge of trendiness – has come to a similar conclusion to George Harrison, 40 years late and without the benefit of an LSD induced euphoria:

Within You Without You
We were talking-about the space between us all
And the people-who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion
Never glimpse the truth-then it’s far too late-when they pass away.
We were talking-about the love we all could share-when we find it
To try our best to hold it there-with our love
With our love-we could save the world-if they only knew.
Try to realise it’s all within yourself
No-one else can make you change
And to see you’re really only very small,
And life flows within you and without you.
We were talking-about the love that’s gone so cold and the people,
Who gain the world and lose their soul-
They don’t know-they can’t see-are you one of them?
When you’ve seen beyond yourself-then you may find, peace of mind,
Is waiting there-
And the time will come when you see
we’re all one, and life flows on within you and without you.

Rowan Williams, eager to outdo Katherine’s aging psychedelic miasma, seeks to introduce a Catholic flavour by Venerating the Ubuntu:

“We have lied to ourselves consistently about the possibility of limitless material growth in a limited world. We have denied precisely that ubuntu that this convention seeks to venerate and reinforce,” Williams added, referring to the convention theme that emphasizes the interconnectedness of people in community.

Where will it all end? – in Strawberry Fields, I expect, where Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about.



  1. Quick – pass the bucket gag gag

    Comment by Muriel — July 9, 2009 @ 2:10 pm

  2. Muriel,
    Pass it to me next..
    I must have missed the relevance to God, Christ or Holy Spirit in this.
    Without the Gospel, this drivel is just poor secular posturing for relevance.
    Peace, Jim

    Comment by Jim Muirhead — July 9, 2009 @ 4:53 pm

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