The Life and Work of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu at the honorary doctorate ceremony on Monday as Prof dr Geurt-Henk van Kooten delivers the laudatio.

On Monday 24 September, 2012, the University of Groningen awarded Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu with an honorary doctorate. His honorary promoter, Professor Dr Geurt-Henk van Kooten, Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, gave a stirring address in which he highlighed Tutu’s amazing achievements, particularly in the context of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The speech provides significant details on Tutu’s work with the commission, in particular his blending of Christian theology with the traditional African concept of ubuntu – a person is a person through other people. We thought readers of The Religion Factor might be interested in reading more about these concepts in-depth, but rather than reinvent the wheel, we provide a link here to the full transcript of Prof van Kooten’s address. Enjoy!


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