I Am Because We Are: Ubuntu at Trinity

Each January, Trinity celebrates the South African philosophy of Ubuntu: “I am because we are.” This month-long celebration focuses on peace, love, diversity, justice, equity, kindness, community and service, all things we strongly value. A person with Ubuntu is welcoming, hospitable, warm, generous, and willing to share what they have with others. They are open and available to others, willing to be vulnerable, affirming of others, and do not feel threatened that others are able and good, for they know they belong in a greater whole.

The purpose of celebrating Ubuntu at Trinity is to teach the importance of compassion toward others and their beliefs. Exposing us to different cultures and religions allows us to broaden our perspectives and have a more empathetic outlook on life, as well as understand the importance of coming together as one.

Ubuntu Guest Speakers

To kick off our 2021 Ubuntu celebration, Reverend Kenneth Malcolm hosted religious leaders during Chapel services for both Middle School and Lower School. Among the leaders were Shuchita Ji, a Hindu monastic from the Chinmaya Mission, and Venerable Jue Ji, a Buddhist monastic. 

Shuchita Ji
Venerable Jue Ji


Changemakers by Service Learning Elective

Seventh and eighth graders in the Service Learning elective studied changemakers who embody the spirit of Ubuntu. They explored how these influential people create change and promote togetherness, and they presented their findings during Middle School Chapel.

Michelle Obama


Desmond Tutu


Oprah Winfrey


Nelson Mandela



The Power of We

To wrap up the month, during Lower School Community Time, Ms. Dugan & Ms. MacKenzie discussed "The Power of We." – The idea that change can happen when we bring our individual strengths together. There is beauty in community building.