Magazine article Anglican Journal

'Reconciliation Is Organic'

Magazine article Anglican Journal

'Reconciliation Is Organic'

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The Rev. Mpho Tutu, daughter of famous Anglican archbishop, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and anti-apartheid activist Desmond Tutu, visited the Anglican Church of Canada headquarters in Toronto April 29 to discuss the differences and similarities between Canada's and South Africa's experiences with truth and reconciliation commissions.

Tutu, an Episcopal priest and executive director of The Tutu Institute for Prayer and Pilgrimage, was in Toronto to speak at a symposium on the topic of truth, reconciliation and engagement. She reached out to Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, from a desire to hear about the Canadian Anglican church's experience of the process. South Africa's truth and reconciliation commission was established in 1995 and ran until 1998. Canada's was established in 2008, and will wrap up with a final event this month.

Tutu spoke to the Anglican Journal in a brief interview. Excerpts:

On reconciliation in South Africa

When you think of reconciliation as being people in new forms of relationship than have existed in the past, our children have a very different experience of South Africa, and different expectations of South Africa than did we. Their horizons are further out and broader than those of a generation before.

Making reconciliation more widespread

There were a couple of, shall we say, failings of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Even though [there were] recommendations about reparations, the government really didn't act on [them], and so people still walked away with some of the hurt with which they had walked into the process. …

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