Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, OMSG, CH, GCStJ, is a South African Anglican cleric and theologian known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. He has received numerous awards and distinctions for his work around the world.


Tutu and the TRC

A few minutes from a BBC documentary on Tutu. This excerpt deals with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. I worked for the TRC and I make a short appearance in the doc around 20 seconds.

An African Prayer Book

Prayer, our conversation with God, needs no set formulas or flowery phrases. It often needs no words at all. But for most believers, the words of others can be a wonderful aid to devotion, especially when these words come from faithful fellow pilgrims.

It’s Time for a Disarmament Race

To realize a nuclear weapon–free world, we must acknowledge that nuclear weapons serve no legitimate, lawful purpose.

Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.


What Do You Do to Forgive Someone?

Archbishop Desmond Tutu discusses how a person must transform in order to forgive.

No Future without Forgiveness

The establishment of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a pioneering international event. Never had any country sought to move forward from despotism to democracy both by exposing the atrocities committed in the past and achieving reconciliation with its former oppressors.

Can America Heal Its Racial Wounds? We Asked Desmond Tutu and His Daughter

South Africans surprised everyone by transitioning to a relatively peaceful post-apartheid society. Here’s what Americans can learn.

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.

God Is Not a Christian and Other Provocations

Biographer John Allen collects the Archbishop Desmond Tutu's most profound, controversial, and historic words in this inspiring anthology of speeches, interviews, and sermons that have rocked the world.

Reconciliation: The Ubuntu Theology of Desmond Tutu

Reconciliation is Battle’s highly original analysis of Bishop Tutu’s theology of ubuntu—an African concept recognizing that persons and groups form their identities in relation to one another.


The Dalai Lama