- In Remembrance
Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu - A Life of Faith, Service, and Social Justice Activism
Oct. 7, 1931 - Dec. 26, 2021
We mourn with South Africa and the world with the passing of Anglican Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu on Dec. 26, 2021. Archbishop Tutu was a recipient of the Noble Peace Prize (1984) for his leadership of the non-violent campaign to end apartheid in South Africa. He was a powerful moral voice globally for social justice, tolerance, and reparation of harm through dialogue and personal accountability.
He was one of the architects, with President Nelson Mandela, and others of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The Commission was designed to provide a safe and structured process for personal expression, on the record, of the harm experienced by those subjected to apatheid oppression and the personal role and responsibility of those who enforced the government's racist apartheid policies. Archibishop Tutu was appointed as the Commission's Chairperson.
The TRC process also demonstrated the efficacy and power of restorative justice practices to address deep historical and social harm through dialogue in which those harmed and those responsible for harm shared their stories in each other's presence. It is not hyperbole to suggest that the South African TRC may have averted a violent civil war of revenge.
We are ALL indepted to Archbishop Tutu's life of faith, service, and social justice activism.