Magazine article The Christian Century

Tutu Lauds Boesak's Return from Politics to Ministry

Magazine article The Christian Century

Tutu Lauds Boesak's Return from Politics to Ministry

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ARCHBISHOP Desmond Tutu has praised the decision by Allan Boesak, an antiapartheid icon and former president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, to quit politics and join "God's party."

"I cannot say how thrilled I am that Allan has followed his path and agreed to serve the people through God, rather than through political parties," said Tutu, the former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, on November 3.

Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, said he had been nagging Boesak since the 1990s to heed the call of God, not as a politician but as a pastor with outstanding gifts of oratory. In the 1980s Tutu and Boesak were two of the most prominent church leaders fighting apartheid with their rousing sermons against injustice.

"Some may say that Allan, as a member of the human race, is not perfect. But few would argue that he is not perfectly equipped to inspire a new generation of active and involved citizens--as he did once before. Welcome back to God's party," said Tutu.

In December Boesak had joined the Congress of the People party, known as COPE, consisting mainly of breakaways from South Africa's ruling African National Congress. At the time, Boesak said COPE must be the new vision for South Africans to build a new home for all. …

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