Desmond Tutu -- Curriculum VitaeIn 1976-77 I met him when he came to Peka High School to give a speech. I can't remember the details of his talk, but that it was "calming" and friendly, whatever I mean by that. It was of course a politico-religious talk about the events in South Africa. And then he was gone, right to the centre of the turmoil to go and calm and befriend everyone involved. Listen to him speak about different concerns, and get one of his books, if you're interested.
Born: 7th October 1931, Klerksdorp, Transvaal.
Parents: Father was a school teacher. Mother relatively uneducated.
Married: 2nd July 1955.
Wife: Leah Nomalizo Tutu.
Children: Trevor Thamsanqa, Theresa Thandeka, Naomi Nontombi, Mpho Andrea.
1945 - 1950 High School Education - Johannesburg Bantu High School, Western Native Township up to Matric.
1951 - 1953 Teachers Diploma at Pretoria Bantu Normal College.
1954 - BA (UNISA)
1954 - Teacher at Johannesburg Bantu High School.
1955 - 1958 Teacher at Munsieville High School, Krugersdorp.
1958 - 1960 St. Peters Theological College, Rosettenville, Johannesburg for Ordination Training. Licentiate in Theology
1960 - Ordained as Deacon, Johannesburg, served title in Benoni Location.
1961 - Ordained Priest.
1962 - 1965 Part-time curate, St Alban's (lived with family at Golder's Green, London).
1965 - B.D. Hon. (London).
1966 - M.Th (London) lived in Blechingley, Surrey, part-time curate St Mary's.
1967 - 1969 Joined Staff of Federal Theological Seminary, Alice, Cape. Chaplain - University of Fort Hare.
1970 - 1972 Lecturer, Department of Theology, U.B.L.S. Roma, Lesotho.
1972 - 1975 Associate Director, Theological Education Fund of the World Council of Churches based in Bromley, Kent. Lived in Grove Park, London and was Honorary curate of St Augustine's.
1975 - 1976 Dean of Johannesburg.
1976 - 1978 Bishop of Lesotho.
1978-1985 General Secretary, South African Council of Churches.
1985- date Bishop of Johannesburg.
"Salvation Today" Conference in Bangkok, Thailand.
All Africa Conference of Churches General Assembly, Lusaka
Anglican Consultative Council - Port of Spain
Lambeth Conference, Canterbury.
WCC 5th Assembly in 1975, Nairobi
WCC 6th Assembly in 1983, Vancouver.
Elected Fellow of King's College, London (1978).
Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from General Theological Seminary, USA (May, 1978).
Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law from Kent University, England (July 1978).
Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Harvard, USA (June 1979).
Prix d'Athene (Onassis Foundation) (1980).
Honorary Doctorate of Theology from Ruhr University, Bochum (November 1981).
Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Theology - Columbia University (Aug 1982).
Author of "Hope and Suffering" (Sept 1983).
Author of several articles and reviews. Author of "Crying in the Wilderness".
Designated member of International Social Prospects Academy (1983 Nov).
The Family of Man Gold Medal Award (1983 December).
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters - St Paul's College, Lawrenceville (1984 January).
Honorary Doctorate of Law from Claremont Graduate School (1984 May).
Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Theology from Dickinson College (1984 May).
Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award of Annual Black American Heroes and Heroines Day - U.S.A. (1984 May).
Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Aberdeen University, Scotland (July,1984).
Doctor of Human Letters, Howard University - U.S.A. (1984).
Nobel Peace Prize - Oslo, Norway (1984).
There have been several "firsts" along Ntate Tutu's path. He was the first black Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town (1). In 1984 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (2 [first South African?]). He is the first black person to lead the Anglican Church in South Africa (3). He sure is both an interesting and a no-nonsense person. He says that the treatment of Palestinians by Israel is a form of apartheid, and has unceasingly asked the Israeli government to respect the dignity and the rights of the Palestinian people. And he has openly criticised Mugabe's human rights abuses in Zimbabwe, as well as the South African government's policy of hush-hush diplomacy towards that calamity. Ntate Tutu does not see what "all the fuss" in relation with gay clergy is all about.