Magazine article Anglican Journal

People Should Embrace Diversity, (Desmond) Tutu Says

Magazine article Anglican Journal

People Should Embrace Diversity, (Desmond) Tutu Says

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Most world conflicts relate to who is `in' and who is `out'

Archbishop Desmond Tutu already has "honorary degrees enough to paper a cathedral," in the words of Primate Michael Peers; his February visit to Toronto brought him two more.

Archbishop Peers introduced his old friend before the former primate of southern Africa received a doctor of divinity from Trinity College on Feb. 16. He was conferred with an honorary doctor of laws the day before at the University of Toronto.

Archbishop Peers recalled the impressive televised image of Archbishop Tutu during the days of apartheid when he saved a man from being "necklaced"--killed by a burning tire around the neck

"In the dark days, his detractors accused him of being a politician in a cassock," Archbishop Peers said. "Desmond answered that an his people's politicians were either in prison or silenced, that only the church had a voice and that when those leaders in society had a voice, church leaders would have no need to speak on their behalf."

Archbishop Tutu thanked Canadians for praying and working for South Africa. "You prayed as I think no other country has been prayed for," he said. "Here we are today, flee, flee, free, free. People who have never been unfree don't know what that means.

Archbishop Tutu also paid tribute to Canada's former primate, Ted Scott, and the current primate, saying "Sometimes because you have these treasures so close to you, you don't value them."

Archbishop Tutu was interrupted by applause and standing ovations several times during his speech on exclusion and inclusion, part of the Romney Moseley memorial lecture series. Dr. Moseley was an associate professor at Trinity College for a short time and was regarded as a global scholar who served the World Council of Churches and the wider Anglican Communion. …

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