South African Council of Churches reflects on Archbishop Desmond Tutu

General Secretary, Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana, published a statement on his memories of Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

“Not long ago, the world joined the Tutu family and South Africa to honour and celebrate Archbishop Desmond Tutu on his 90th birthday. It was a glorious celebration at St George’s cathedral where together with his dear wife of over 60 years, Aunt Leah, the Archbishop was a joyous and venerable presence,” Mpumlwana said.

“In that celebration we could not imagine that under 12 weeks later the same cathedral would be hosting his funeral, with his ashes interred at the foot of the sanctuary. His departure closes the curtain on the live performance of an incredible actor of the human life obligation according to Micah, “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).”

“After the very busy few weeks of the Tutu national frenzy that marked the departure of this diminutive prelate who loomed so very large in the minds of church and society, it’s a good time to reflect on the Archbishop and what he has been to us in his life.”

“Archbishop Desmond Tutu is the premier of my predecessors as General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches. I look back with amazement in considering his role together with Father Aelred Stubbs (editor and publisher of Steve Biko’s collection of papers, I Write What I Like), in enabling my theological and ministerial training at the ecumenical
Federal Theological Seminary (FEDSEM). This was to help answer the burning question for me at the time – “What does it mean to be created in the image of God if you are black in apartheid South Africa?”

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