If it worked for the Boston Celtics…

…it can work for the Episcopal Church. The theme of the 2009 General Convention is ubuntu, a Swahili word meaning (roughly) “I am because we are.”

Turns out, as these videos attest, it was also the concept the Celtics coach Doc Rivers instilled in his team during its NBA championship-winning season.

Start with this link to an AOL Video in which Rivers explains ubuntu to a band of sports reporters.

Then listen to the word trip off the tongue of Celtics star Kevin Garnett (early) in this video.

Tony Allen has the spirit, too, late in this video.

And finally, Rivers sits down with Marquette University’s Stephanie Russell, who first introduced him to ubuntu. She has a few other ideas for him.

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