President Grudzen’s Statement on the Passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The people of South Africa and all those who support human rights mourned the loss of Archbishop Desmond Tutu from this earthly plane on Sunday, December 26, 2021. His contributions to the elimination of apartheid in South Africa and racism in other parts of the world, including the USA, resonated on a par with those of Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. He also led the Christian community into the forefront of social justice causes including his passionate defense of LGBTQ rights and his advancement of non-violent solutions for human conflicts leading to his award of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

Given the need for champions of human rights in many areas of the world today, Archbishop Tutu represents a unifying figure and force for those who follow in his footsteps. Global Ministries University joins with the citizens of South Africa and the members of the Anglican Church worldwide in recognizing Archbishop Tutu as a universal moral leader for all nations and all people. He affirmed the sacred character of all creation and of all people who inhabit our planet earth. May his spirit inspire us to continue our interfaith ministry in Kenya and East Africa with the same zeal and fervor he exhibited in his life of service to Africa and the whole world.

Gerald Grudzen
Global Ministries University

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