The Rev. Betty Glover spoke with the participants at Fall Fun Fest tonight about Desmond Tutu and Ubuntu, “Africans believe in something that is difficult to render in English. We call it ubuntu, botho. It means the essence of being human. You know when it is there and when it is absent. It speaks about humaneness, gentleness, hospitality, putting yourself out on behalf of others, being vulnerable. It embraces compassion and toughness. It recognizes that my humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”
Following Betty’s talk, we had the youth pair off and practice welcoming conversations. We talked about why it was important in a Christian Community to be intentional about welcoming people who are new. We also asked the youth, “Where do you see God in other people?” So often, when we ask people “Where do you see God?” the response has to do with the wonders of nature. But God’s work is often done on earth by those around us. We challenged the youth to recognize those nudges we might see to reach out to others, to pay attention, to listen, to see, to be God’s hands and feet in the world.