EMYP 2012: Bracelet information – uBuntu and the 5 beads

One of my highights from the Easter Monday Youth Pilgrimage this year was the EMYP gift.

We managed to get leather bracelets with five wooden beads made by a job creation and empowerment project in Cape Town, South Africa. Phambili ngeThemba, which means ‘going forward with hope’, is a non-government organisation run as a ministry of the Pinelands Methodist Church who work alongside the unemployed people of Langa township. We asked them to make us a simple bracelet that would require each recipient to turn to someone else to tie it on their wrist in order to drive home the point of the day – we cannot be human on our own. We need other people. They designed these bracelets with five wooden beads representing five aspects of the African idiom uBuntu “People are people through other people” – to help each of us to live together as members of the Body of Christ.

 

Here is a summary of the meaning behind these bracelets!

 

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