Thursday 24 March 2022

Address at the opening of "Truth to Power" - Apartheid Museum/Tutu Legacy Foundation exhibition

Remarks made at the opening of the “Truth to Power” exhibition at the Old Granary, Cape Town, on 24th March 2022:

Dear Trevor, Dear Thandi, Mthunzi and Xabiso, Dear Nyaniso, Dear Mr Leonard Shenxane and Ms Lungi Morrison, thank you to all Tutu family members for gracing us with your presence, especially during your time of mourning. Be assured of our love and our prayers for Mama Leah and for each of you as you come to terms with life without your beloved husband, father and grandfather.

Monday 21 March 2022

Human Rights and the Mining Industry

The keynote address to a Human Rights Dialogue held by the Minerals Council South Africa, with Anglo American and Global Compact Network South Africa, on on 17th March 2022, ahead of South Africa's Human Rights Day: 

Good morning to you all. Thanks for being part of this event. You all have busy lives and work schedules, and your time is appreciated. 

Thank you in particular for joining this workshop on human rights. But you may well ask, what has a religious leader got to say about human rights? Sure you should be hearing from a lawyer or a legal philosopher? My answer is straightforward: respect for human rights is as central to religious faith as it is to any part of life. Our late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu used to put it this way: whether you are a Muslim, a Christian, a Hindu, a Jew or a Buddhist, not one of these faiths has a low doctrine of human beings. And if you are a person of no faith, you almost inevitably follow what they called the Golden Rule: that you should treat other people as you wish to be treated.  

Wednesday 2 March 2022

A homily for Ash Wednesday 2022

A sermon for Transfiguration Sunday

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba

Transfiguration Sunday 

Trinity Wall Street, New York

27 February 2022

Readings: Exodus 34: 29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3: 12-4:2; Luke 9: 28 - 36

May I speak in the name of the Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer of our lives, Amen.

Sisters and brothers in Christ, dear people of God,  it is wonderful to be back with you, and a special honour and privilege to have been asked to share with you the Word of God in this momentous weekend as we celebrate the institution of the Revd Phil Jackson as your Rector. Many thanks to you, Father Phil, to your leadership team and to the whole community for this invitation. Thank you also to those who have worked hard on the preparations for the events of this week. Phil, on behalf of my Diocese of Cape Town and my Province, of Southern Africa where we are experiencing the burning heat of summer right now, I bring you our warmest congratulations.