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A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

John 13:34-35

Ubuntu, the African concept that I am you and you are me, undergirds what it means to be community in the African tradition and a critical component of who we are and our Blackness; the legacy of our historical, cultural, and social identity as the source of power for us to Soar. Community in the African tradition binds its members together as one, although different in many ways but yet embrace their sameness; seeing each other as another. The word another does not imply less than, strange, or inhumane it simply implies different but yet the same. God created us all and specifically did so, different one from another yet the same in order that we compliment one another as helpmates. God, the source of all life, created us in His image, each one of us as a critical and required piece of the fullness of Himself. The Creator-God is a Spirit and is multifaceted and manifests in many ways, differently, but God is the same. The more we Accumulate the Creator-God, the more our disposition for engaging life and one another is filtered thorough a lens that respects and celebrates difference. As commanded by God, we Soar, rising high in life and above our challenges by acting in love one with another showcasing the multifacetedness of God and His creation and celebrating difference even as God loves us, different as we may be from what He intends for our lives. Our loving one another reveals that we are disciples of Christ, followers of God, showcasing His love for all of creation. God created us all and all of His creation for His glory, revelation, so celebrate the revelation of God in all of its differences and multifacetedness, releasing the love of God to and for all things and as a result, Soar!



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