World’s Anglican leaders issue wide-ranging communique

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba joined the Primates Meeting of the Anglican Communion this week, the members of which met online and in London. They issued the following statement afterwards:

News Synod of Bishops

Third interim report of Task Team on Discrimination in Schools

The Provincial Task Team appointed by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba to make recommendations on how best the Church can address discrimination issues at Diocesan schools tabled an interim report at the February meeting of the Synod of Bishops.

The team, headed by the prominent educationalist, Mary Metcalfe, was established after the 2020 Provincial Standing Committee discussed the controversy on social media earlier that year on the experience of past and present scholars at private schools, including Anglican schools.

The report tabled in February was its third, and its work continues. Pursuant to a request by the Church’s Provincial Media Committee at its February meeting, the Archbishop has directed that the full interim report should be published here.

Note: In response to an inquiry from the Sunday Times, Johannesburg, concerning the team’s work, Archbishop Makgoba said “I am happy that under the efficient leadership of Mary Metcalfe it has made a good start to its work.” He added:

“Our schools are not under the direct control of the Church. The schools are governed by their own councils, on which the Church is usually represented. From what I have heard, the schools welcome the dialogue and guidance which the Task Team facilitates.”


Canon Law Council meets on restructuring church governance

ACSA’s Canon Law Council meets on March 10 and 11 under the theme “Restructuring Church Governance.”

The “20tutu Virtual Conference” of the council is open to all Anglicans interested in Canon Law.

To sign up and follow the conference, see the details below.


Japanese foundation awards peace prize to Fr Michael Lapsley

An announcement from the Niwano Peace Foundation:

The 39th Niwano Peace Prize awarded to Father Michael Lapsley, SSM of South Africa

Reason for Selection

Dr. Ranjana Mukhopadhyaya

On behalf of the Niwano Peace Prize Committee, it is my pleasure to announce that the 39th Niwano Peace Prize shall be given to Father Michael Lapsley, SSM of South Africa in recognition of his relentless struggle against apartheid and social discriminations, his support for the liberation movement in South Africa and various peacebuilding activities in other parts of the world. Father Lapsley, as a religious leader and a global social activist, has called upon faith communities to reflect and acknowledge social discrimination within their societies and mobilized their support against racism, apartheid and all forms of social discrimination that prevails in different parts of the world. The exceptional aspect of his social activism is that he has not restricted himself to addressing the socio-economic and political basis of racism but has also emphasized on the process of healing to deal with the bitterness, racial hatred and other socio-psychological impacts of injustices that emerge out of social discrimination.

Father Michael Lapsley was born on June 2nd, 1949 in New Zealand. He began his education at the Anglican Society of the Sacred Mission in New Zealand. As white man, he could have enjoyed the ease and trappings of his privilege, but his religious conviction led him to join the priesthood. In 1971, he joined the religious order of the Society of the Sacred Mission (SSM) in Australia. He was ordained to priesthood in 1973.

He went to South Africa at the height of apartheid in that country and began his work as Chaplain in black and white campuses, which exposed him to student activism and the injustices experience by black students under apartheid. He raised his voice for black students who were being shot, detained and tortured. Because of his involvement in anti-apartheid activities, he was expelled from South Africa, but he took this opportunity to travel the world to raise awareness against racism and mobilize support for the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. In 1990, he sustained severe injuries, including losing both hands, the sight in his right eye, and extensive burns from a letter bomb explosion. This incident, rather than leaving him bitter, angry or dejected, reshaped his life’s work and lead to his transition from being a freedom fighter/ social activist to a healer. He realized the need to combine healing and reconciliation into his non-violent peacebuilding efforts.

Father Michael Lapsley was the Chaplain of the Trauma Center for Victims of Violence and Torture in 1993. He founded and became the Director of the Institute for Healing of Memories (IHOM) in Cape Town, South Africa in 1998. Since then, he continues the Institute’s work in South Africa and internationally organizing community forums to combat xenophobia, violence against refugees, workshops for prisoners, human rights education for youth, participating in dialogue sessions and other peacebuilding activities. His “Healing of Memory” workshop provides platform to those who want to share their experiences of injustice and discrimination and want to be heard compassionately. Father Lapsley, in his approach, is very inclusive as he embraces persons of all ages, gender, ethnicity, faith, and marginalized groups.

As a global activist, Father Lapsley after recognizing that racism was not confined to South Africa alone, he did not restrict himself within his country, but has moved globally such as launching the association called Friends of Cuba or creating the International Network for Peace, along with the families of those killed in the September 11 attacks in USA, to promote effective and nonviolent solutions to terrorism.

Father Lapsley draws his spirituality from his reflections on injustices, pain and sufferings caused by social inequalities that he witnessed around him and this led him to seek justice for all based on his understanding of the Bible. Therefore, while being rooted in Christianity, his appeal has been universal and interfaith. Father Lapsley’s non-violent, multi-faith peacebuilding efforts and activities of healing based on restorative justice approach, dialogue, and reconciliation are continuing to contribute to the healing of South Africans as well as many others all over the world.

In this way, Father Michael Lapsley has contributed immensely to the cause of peace and inter-religious cooperation, which is in congruence with the mission of the Niwano Peace Prize.


Father Michael Lapsley, SSM to receive the Niwano Peace Prize

The 39th Niwano Peace Prize will be awarded to Father Michael Lapsley, SSM of South Africa in recognition of his relentless struggle against apartheid and social discrimination, his support for the liberation movement in South Africa and various peacebuilding activities
in other parts of the world. Father Lapsley’s non-violent, multi-faith peacebuilding efforts and activities of healing based on restorative justice approach, dialogue, and reconciliation are continuing to contribute to the healing of South Africans as well as many others all over the world. He has contributed immensely to the cause of peace and inter-religious cooperation, which is in congruence with the mission of the Niwano Peace Prize.

The presentation ceremony will take place in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. In addition to an award certificate, Father Michael Lapsley, SSM will receive a medal and twenty million yen.

To avoid undue emphasis on any particular religion or region, every year the Peace Foundation solicits nominations from people of recognized intellectual and religious stature around the world. In the nomination process, some 600 people and organizations, representing 125 countries and many religions, are asked to propose candidates. Nominations are rigorously screened by the Niwano Peace Prize Committee, which was set up in May of 2003 on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Niwano Peace Prize.

The Committee presently consists of nine religious leaders from various parts of the world, all of whom are involved in movements for peace and inter-religious cooperation.

Here are some comments by members of the Committee on the selection of Father Michael Lapsley, SSM for this year’s award:

  • [He] lost both hands and one eye. He did not become bitter. Rather he not only carried on
    his struggle, he set about working on healing and reconciliation. His work focuses on
    healing across all sorts of divides. He saw in justice and he fought it. He saw damage and
    he has strived to heal it. (Mrs. Sarah Joseph OBE)
  • Father Michael Lapsley is very deserving of the Niwano Peace Prize. Father Lapsley has
    fought apartheid, which is one of the most striking forms of a hateful and painful
    phenomenon such as racial or ethnic discrimination. By doing so he has earned the esteem
    and respect of black South Africans of all religions. This commitment… was the cause of a
    very serious attempt on his life… gravely injured him, he lost both hands, the sight of one
    eye, and was severely burned. But a few years later, this attack also provoked a real
    transformation in him, a conversion, from… freedom fighter to healer and reconciler. This
    shows that in addition to exercising the virtue of fortress, thanks to which he has endured
    the very serious consequences of the attack suffered, Father Lapsley also exercises the1
    virtue of humility. In his commitment he has met and collaborated with people of different
    religious beliefs to lead them to peace of heart. (Dr. Flaminia Giovanelli)
  • After experiencing some gruesome torturing from those favoring racism, discrimination
    and inequalities; Father Lapsley was not scared to challenge the evils imposed by his own
    people over the disadvantaged. Even after liberation of South Africa from apartheid,
    Father Lapsley did not stop his mission of being a social justice activist for all. He realized
    that something more needs to be done to the victims of racism and apartheid for their
    holistic healing. As a global activist, Father Lapsley after recognizing that racism had not
    been confined to South Africa alone, he did not end his campaign for healing of memories
    of those within his country, he also moved globally. (Dr. Nokuzola Mndende)
  • Forgiveness and hope are essential as learned from his life experiences in order for healing
    to take place across societies around the world. His contribution to this long-term work
    emphasizes and supports trauma healing and peaceful coexistence. He has reached many
    persons through dialogue processes at the grassroots to the top of political and religious
    hierarchies. His influence on healing of memories has helped many persons all over the
    world. (Mr. Somboon Chungprampree)
  • Despite of the attack and losing his both arms, he courageously promotes healing of
    memory. He does not only preach it but practices it in his institution for healing memories.
    A victim of violence but an example of forgiveness. I still believe that Father Lapsley
    deserves to be recognized in such a ruthless world, where violence and power crush the
    victims. He paid a high price but still speaks about healing of memory. As there are many
    persecuted victims in our world, this is a sign of an empowered victim who speaks about
    forgiveness and healing. People of power need to see that we recognize victims of power.
    (Bishop Dr. Munib A. Younan)

The Niwano Peace Prize

The Niwano Peace Foundation established the Niwano Peace Prize to honor and encourage individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to inter-religious cooperation, thereby furthering the cause of world peace, and to make their achievements known as widely as possible. The Foundation hopes in this way both to enhance inter-religious understanding and cooperation and to encourage the emergence of still more persons devoted to working for world peace.

The Prize is named in honor of the founder and first president of the lay Buddhist organization Rissho Kosei-kai, Nikkyo Niwano. For Niwano, peace was not merely an absence of conflict among nations, but a dynamic harmony in the inner lives of people as well as in our communities, nations and the world. Seeing peace as the goal of Buddhism, Niwano devoted much of the latter half of his life to promoting world peace, especially through inter-religious discussion and cooperation.

Niwano Peace Prize recipients are:

  1. Archbishop Hélder P. Câmara (1983)
  2. Dr. Homer A. Jack (1984)
  3. Mr. Zhao Puchu (1985)
  4. Dr. Philip A. Potter (1986)
  5. The World Muslim Congress (1987)
  6. Rev. Etai Yamada (1989)
  7. Mr. Norman Cousins (1990)
  8. Dr. Hildegard Goss-Mayr (1991)2
  9. Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne (1992)
  10. Neve Shalom/ Wahat al-Salam (1993)
  11. Paulo Evaristo Cardinal Arns (1994)
  12. Dr. M. Aram (1995)
  13. Ms. Marii K. Hasegawa (1996)
  14. The Corrymeela Community (1997)
  15. Ven. Maha Ghosananda (1998)
  16. The Community of Sant’Egidio (1999)
  17. Dr. Kang Won Yong (2000)
  18. Rev. Abuna Elias Chacour (2001)
  19. Rev. Samuel Ruiz García (2002)
  20. Dr. Priscilla Elworthy (2003)
  21. The Acholi Religious Leaders’ Peace Initiative (2004)
  22. Dr. Hans Küng (2005)
  23. Rabbis for Human Rights (2006)
  24. Dharma Master Cheng Yen (2007)
  25. His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal (2008)
  26. Rev. Canon Gideon Baguma Byamugisha (2009)
  27. Ms. Ela Ramesh Bhatt (2010)
  28. Mr. Sulak Sivaraksa (2011)
  29. Ms. Rosalina Tuyuc Velásquez (2012)
  30. The Rt. Rev. Dr. Gunnar Stålsett (2013)
  31. Ms. Dena Merriam (2014)
  32. Pastor Esther Abimiku Ibanga (2015)
  33. Centre for Peace Building and Reconciliation (2016)
  34. Bishop Dr. Munib A. Younan (2017)
  35. Adyan Foundation (2018)
  36. Dr. John Paul Lederach (2019)
  37. Venerable Pomnyun (2020)
  38. Venerable Shih Chao-hwei (2021)

The Niwano Peace Foundation

The Niwano Peace Foundation was chartered in 1978 to contribute to the realization of world peace and the enhancement of a culture of peace. The foundation promotes research and other activities based on the spirit of religious principles and serves the cause of peace in such fields as education, science, religion and philosophy. The Foundation’s assets of about 4.4 billion yen makes possible the Niwano Peace Prize and other activities such as grants, research projects, lectures, symposia, and international exchanges. The Niwano Peace Foundation is a government-recognized charitable organization.

Provincial Notices

Safe Church publishes updated guidelines for licensed ministers

ACSA’s Safe and Inclusive Church Commission has published an updated explanation of the Declaration that all licensed office-holders and clergy in the Church are now required to sign before they can exercise ministry.

The new explanation updates the previous version with detailed practical steps and costs involved in completing the Declaration.

The explanation can be found on this page:

Provincial Notices Synod of Bishops


A Communiqué of the Synod of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa

[Download a PDF copy below the text]

The Synod of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa was held from 14 to 17 February 2022, linking Bishopscourt and Diocesan Centres through video conferencing.

At the Opening Eucharist, the Rt Revd Dale Bowers, Bishop of St Helena, preached a powerful and thought-provoking homily on the Dance of the Trinity. This dance, which is a sign of God’s love, is for us, in us and working through us, embracing us in a mutual love that will not allow humanity to be destroyed but will rather restore hope to the world.

The Synod gave a special welcome to the Bishops-Elect of Mthatha and Mbhashe, to the Vicars-General of George, Namibia and Swaziland, and to the recently-consecrated Bishop of Lesotho, the Rt Revd Dr Vicentia Kgabe. Bishop-Elect Dalcy Dlamini was on retreat ahead of her Consecration and Installation on February 19.

Synod recognised that ACSA has taken a different shape as the result of the formation of a new Province for Angola and Mozambique.

The Death of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

We acknowledged with great gratitude the life and witness of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, whose remains are interred in St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town. The Synod sent a letter of condolence and comfort to Mama Leah Tutu OSC.

Canons and Church Order

The Synod was led by its legal officers in an informative reflection on the Canons, in particular those on Ministerial Conduct and Discipline. This gave us valuable working knowledge of the Canons in what has become a highly litigious environment.

Liturgical Committee

The report of the Liturgical Committee was received. Permission was granted to co-opt new members to work on the new Prayer Book. The Committee will give motivations for which Collects and Readings should be included. A progress report will be published on the Provincial website to enable all to engage.

Theological Education and the College Of The Transfiguration

Following a presentation by the Liaison Bishop for Theological Education, Synod recognised the importance of adhering to minimum theological qualifications for entry into Holy Orders.

Synod urged each Diocese to consider sending at least one student per year to COTT in order to keep the College viable as a vital cog in the ongoing mission of our Province.

The Archbishop’s Commission on Theological Education

The Commission’s report, entitled Take Thou Authority was presented by Prof Barney Pityana. Synod will hold a special sitting to engage with the report, reflecting our concern at the current crisis and our unequivocal commitment to excellence in Theological Education and Ministerial Formation.

Training and Development

Our February sessions customarily include input which helps us exercise our episcopal leadership more effectively. This year the Revd Fred Hendricks gave us daily addresses on Contemplative Prayer and Dr Palesa Makhale-Mahlangu gave us inspiring psychological insights and tools to help us prepare for retirement.

Theological and Pastoral Matters

The dance in the net of God’s love invited us to wrestle with a range of important Pastoral and Theological matters facing the Church, including the sacraments of Eucharist and Marriage and the issue of who are fit and proper people to exercise ministry.

Lay Presidency of the Eucharist: The newly-revived Southern African Anglican Theological Commission (SAATC) brought to Synod a report on the question of lay people presiding at the Eucharist in emergencies. The SAATC will facilitate a study of the matter and present a progress report to Synod.

Receipt of the Eucharist in One Kind: Restrictions imposed as a result of Covid-19 have revived debate around the efficacy and sufficiency of receiving the Eucharist in one kind. At present Communion in one kind only is permissible. When the Sacrament of the Blood of Christ is again available, only the common cup will be allowed. Bishops were urged to use this opportunity to teach the faithful on Eucharistic Theology.

Marriage: The Synod is hearing of confusion among the faithful around the issue of traditional marriages. Synod recognised that the Church needs to educate its people against the backdrop of Canon 34 on Holy Matrimony.

Isangoma: Synod deliberated on the issue of clergy who are embracing traditional practices such as training to be a diviner (Isangoma) and claiming that this is a call from the ancestors. The issue will be investigated before being further discussed by Synod.

Theological & Pastoral Framework for Ministry to LGBTIQ+ Community: The Bishops took a step towards adopting the Pastoral Standards as outlined in the 2019 Report by the Human Sexuality Commission. Guidelines will be presented at our next meeting to be adopted and presented to Dioceses.

Covid 19 Advisory Team

Synod urged all congregations to embrace and implement the guidelines produced by the Archbishop’s Advisory Team to guide us through the pandemic. In South Africa, the prohibitions embodied in the team’s guidelines are intertwined with government regulations and are therefore mandatory.

Safe Church Matters

Canon Rosalie Manning reminded Synod of the importance of compliance with Safe Church requirements, pointing out that failure to do so leaves ACSA exposed to legal consequences. Bishops were encouraged to ensure that their Dioceses have submitted Safe Church declarations.

Growing the Church

The new Director of Growing the Church, the Revd Bruce Woolley, encouraged the Bishops to advertise widely GtC’s online events and pointed to the availability of facilitators and resources, including Rooted in Jesus and Alpha courses.

Youth Report

Synod received a comprehensive framework for the spiritual development of children and the youth. Bishops were encouraged to workshop the material in the framework in their Dioceses.

The Environment

Environmental concerns were highlighted and referred to the relevant Liaison Bishop.

Task Team on Discrimination in Schools

Synod received a report from the Task Team, which is chaired by Ms Mary Metcalfe, and its work is ongoing.

Re-Imagining ACSA

An external team of facilitators invited the Bishops to reflect on their ministry with a view to identifying which model of church prevails in each of their Dioceses, using the categories identified by the American Jesuit theologian, Avery Dulles: Institutional; Herald; Servant; Sacrament; and Body of Christ. Against that background, Bishops were challenged to consider how they should take advantage of this special moment that God is giving us in the pandemic.

In Conclusion

While we feel intensely the loss of being in each other’s company, the Bishops engaged enthusiastically through electronic media, using with dexterity the “mute”, “unmute” and “camera” buttons for their deliberations and successfully forming a virtual community. The Archbishop was an ever-present virtual facilitator of proceedings.

We thank God for our fellowship and commend our work to Anglicans in our Dioceses of Lesotho, Namibia, St Helena, South Africa and Swaziland (in Eswatini).

February 17, 2022

[The communique was updated on February 22 by the addition of the note on the work of the Task Team on Discrimination in Schools]

Provincial Notices

New ACSA Covid guidelines – Feb 11, 2022

The Archbishop’s Covid Advisory Team has issued new guidelines for Anglicans in Southern Africa, dealing with wide-ranging matters, from receiving Communion to holding Vestry meetings, and from how to arrange Ash Wednesday services to celebrating weddings and holding funerals.

The 13-page guidelines are available below, for reading online or downloading (scroll to the end to download).

Provincial Notices

Church Interrupted? Or Church Reset? What Will the Post-Covid Church Look Like?

Provincial Notices

Vacancy: Rector, College of Transfiguration


Bishop Michael Nuttall’s sermon at Archbishop Desmond’s funeral

There is a vast outpouring of tributes and sermons in cathedrals and churches around the globe following the death of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu. We will post a few key texts here on our Provincial website or Archbishop Thabo’s blog and try to curate selected content from other sources and post it to the Provincial Facebook page over the coming days.


“What does the Lord require of you but to pursue justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

In Desmond Mpilo Tutu this threefold cord was interwoven in a long, lived authenticity. That is why we loved him and respected him and valued him so deeply. Small in physical stature, he was a giant among us morally and spiritually. His faith was authentic, not counterfeit or half-hearted. He lived it, even at great cost to himself, with an inclusive, all-embracing love. His friend, Nelson Mandela, put it perfectly when he said: “Sometimes strident, often tender, never afraid and seldom without humour, Desmond Tutu’s voice will always be the voice of the voiceless.”

I come here today, in my octogenarian years, sensitive to the awesomeness of the occasion, which is likely to catch the tearful and thankful mood of this our nation and of the entire world. I come in response to the expressed wish of my archbishop and friend, for it was he who asked me, some years ago, to do this at his funeral. How could I refuse such a request, such an honour?

First, let me say a few words to the chief mourner among us. My dear Leah, Gogo Emeritus of our church, distinguished member of its Order of Simon of Cyrene, you and I are in a close solidarity in the loss of a much-loved spouse. I therefore know something of what you must now be going through, though each person should be free to grieve in whatever way is most appropriate for them. Many times you wiped away the tears of your husband for, as we all know, he cried very easily and, in the life of our country, both past and present, he had much to cry about, not to mention the wider world which seems in many ways to be tearing itself apart. Today we are here to try, in a small way, to wipe away your tears, though tears are, of course, a very necessary part of our grieving. Allow me to give you, and your family, a comment which was sent to me for my comfort and which I found helpful within the strange twists and turns of my grieving:

“Grief is not a disorder, a disease or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve.” (Earl Grollman)

Desmond and I became close in an unlikely partnership at a truly critical time in the life of our country from 1989 – 1996, he as Archbishop of Cape Town and I as his deputy when, as Bishop of Natal, I was elected by my brother bishops to be also what is called “Dean of the Province”. I was asked during a pastoral visit we made to Jerusalem what this cumbersome ecclesiastical title meant. My answer, on the spur of the moment, was that it meant “number two to Tutu”. The nickname stuck, but more importantly, at a deeper level our partnership struck a chord perhaps in the hearts and minds of many people: a dynamic black leader and his white deputy in the dying years of apartheid; and hey presto, the heavens did not collapse. We were a foretaste, if you like, of what could be in our wayward, divided nation.

“What does the Lord require of you but to pursue justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?” Allow me briefly to unpack each of these qualities in relation to our esteemed Archbishop.

Pursue justice

Desmond was not on some crusade of personal aggrandisement or egotism, though he often and disarmingly admitted that he loved to be loved, and what is wrong with that? Do we not all love to be loved? It is a human craving from the moment we are born. But no: Desmond’s response to grave injustice came from the depths of his being and often in response to what he called ‘the divine nudge’. Listen to what his favourite prophet, Jeremiah, wrote: “There is in my heart, as it were, a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.” (Jeremiah 20:9) That is how Desmond Tutu lived and ministered in a situation of systemic and often brutal injustice in his own beloved country. Nor did the fire in his breast die out in his years of retirement and old age, though he was thrilled with the coming of democracy in 1994. “Watch out, watch out, watch out!” he warned sternly when the new government stalled expediently in giving a visa to his friend and fellow Peace Laureate, the Dalai Lama, at the time of the Arch’s 80th birthday celebration. He was not similarly turned down when he went to Dharamsala in India for the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday and, together, they produced a remarkable book called “The Book of Joy”, which is a spiritual classic for our time and, indeed, for all time: a book crafted by deep and humorous conversation between a Buddhist and a Christian, and compiled beautifully by Douglas Abrams who is a Jew. There is a profound pursuit of a just order in this fine product, namely a religious just order amidst so much shameful intolerance in today’s world. Those who have ears to hear, let them hear.

Love kindness

This was our ‘Arch’ at his very best. His was not a harsh, ideological quest for justice. Always it was grounded in mercy, in ‘hesed’ (to use the Hebrew word), in an enduring loving-kindness: the gentle touch, the forgiving heart, the warm smile – ah yes, the warm smile. Remember his fine book on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, that seminal body which he chaired; it was titled “No Future without Forgiveness”. How could someone who had suffered so much hostility and disdain in his own country settle for such a conviction, such magnanimity? It was because all that he stood for and strove for was undergirded by a spirit of mercy towards everyone. Did you ever receive from him a phone call or a gift of flowers, a card, a handwritten letter or an email? When my wife of 57 years died on All Souls Day, 2016 he was on the phone to me, despite great physical frailty, to comfort me and to offer, as he would say, a little prayer from the heart. Desmond was quite at ease praying on the telephone with others. Actually, he prayed anywhere and everywhere, not only in churches and chapels. He so wanted to be at Dorrie’s funeral and was truly pained that ill-health prevented him. The flowers, of course, arrived.

Walk humbly with your God

Here is the mystery of the interior pilgrimage of the soul. There were three Ps about our Archbishop; he was the prophet, the pastor and the pray-er. What many perhaps did not realise was that the prayer undergirded, guided and prompted all the rest. A daily Eucharist was his custom, regardless of the circumstances; I remember having one with him in Frankfurt airport when we waited for a connecting flight. It is utterly appropriate that his funeral service today is immersed in what we call a Requiem Eucharist, and it would be his wish that all of us be free to receive the sacred body and blood of Christ at it. Desmond was not only immersed in the liturgical prayer of the church; he was also up at four in the morning each day to pray – to meditate, to contemplate and to intercede. In his intercessory work, he would engage in what Leah called a Cook’s Tour around the whole world. In his prayer the world was his parish, and surely that was appropriate for a holder of the Nobel Peace Prize.

So I give you, in memory of this holy and very human man, this humane leader, a threefold cord which we too can try to emulate: pursue justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.

I conclude this intertwined sermon and eulogy with the words of a personal Praise Song, looking back on our Arch’s remarkable life and held in awe by his going from us now:


Desmond Mpilo Tutu

Born and raised where the gentle Batswana live,

Land of the cameeldoring tree and the wide, wide vlakte;

his mother a domestic worker, his father a teacher;

Polio survivor, T B survivor, visited unforgettably in hospital

by one Trevor Huddleston C R,

Bright child, living in the shadow of the great injustice.

Raised through sickness to a priestly calling,

finding the fire in your breast that prevented silence.

Articulate scholar, prophet, pastor, pray-er,

preacher of passion with arms stretched out,

diminutive person making presidents tremble.

Small person of the past becoming great in the unfolding purposes of God.



Learning the art in mountain kingdom, being greeted ‘Khotso, Ntate’,

visiting parishes in Basotho blanket astride a hardy horse.

Learning the harder way in the city of gold,

the bitter irony of red carpets abroad and icy stares back home.

Learning to lean on God and the safety valve of an irrepressible, self-

deprecating humour.

Voice of the muted multitude, son of the dark mysterious land,

Called at the height of crisis to the Cape of Storms to transform it into the Cape of Good Hope;

Mbishobhi Omkhulu!

Take rest at last, lala kahle, our dear friend the Arch.

You have tended the wounds of noble strife, the wounds of Ubuntu;

enter now into the full embrace of the great and generous God you served.

Bishop Michael Nuttall


Anglican Church briefing for Archbishop Tutu’s funeral

Please see the updated list of memorials here

Briefing for news conference at St George’s Cathedral
1030 am Monday December 27, 2021

    • Welcome. Archbishop Desmond valued his relationships with media, particularly because his voice would not have been heard in the early years, were it not for the media.

    • We have a busy week, in which many organisations will no doubt plan many events

    • Here today, we will discuss the funeral, which will take place here, in the Cathedral which became called the “People’s Cathedral” in the struggle years, at 10 am on Saturday, New Year’s Day. It is here where his ashes will also be interred.

    • But expect announcements in the next day or two, from other churches and institutions of State and NGOs, about their events. We know of the following main events:

        ◦ The Diocese of the Highveld will have an Ecumenical Eucharist at 5pm on Wednesday at St Dunstan’s Cathedral in Benoni.
        ◦ The City of Cape Town will host an Interfaith Memorial Service at 6 pm on Wednesday.  They will announce full details themselves.
        ◦ The Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman will be having an Ecumenical Thanksgiving service at St Cyprian’s Cathedral at 10am on Thursday.
        ◦ The Diocese of Pretoria will hold an ecumenical and interfaith service at 11 am on Thursday at St Albans Cathedral. They will announce full details themselves.
        ◦ The Diocese of Johannesburg will also hold a memorial service in St Mary’s Cathedral in Johannesburg at 11 am on Thursday.  They will announce full details themselves.
        ◦  Archbishop Tutu IP Trust and the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation will host an event in Cape Town on Thursday evening.
        ◦ St Mary’s Cathedral in Gqeberha will hold a memorial service at 10 am on Friday.
        ◦ Other Cathedrals in other cities will no doubt announce memorial services in the coming days and weeks

    • Two important points to note: (1) Final details will come from those institutions themselves, and they are subject to change, and (2) this is very important especially for the church community. Please attend services in your local communities and parishes. Our lists of possible attendees at the funeral run to 400 or 500 names, and more than 100 clergy. But Covid regulations restrict attendance at funerals to a maximum of 100. Only a fraction of those who want to be there can be accommodated in the Cathedral. So please don’t get on a bus to Cape Town.

    • Now to the arrangements for St George’s Cathedral this week.

    • Bells will ring at 12 noon each day at the Cathedral and at many cathedrals and churches across the land. In Cape Town, the Angelus prayer will be recited.

    • The Archbishop Emeritus will lie in State on Friday, and the public will be given an opportunity to file past his coffin, which will reflect the simplicity with which he asked to be buried. We will accommodate as many people as we can in the hours available. Outside the Cathedral, the City of Cape Town has laid out condolence books and places to leave flowers.

    • Archbishop Desmond’s remains will then lie overnight, alone, in the Cathedral which he loved.

    • The funeral will take place in the Cathedral at 10 am on Saturday January 1, 2022.

    • The National and Local governments are being extraordinarily helpful with the arrangements, and further details will no doubt be announced in the next day or two. There has not been time to complete our consultations with them on their involvement.  

    • But these are the details the church is responsible for:
        ◦ The service will be an Anglican Requiem Mass, as Archbishop Emeritus Desmond wanted;
        ◦ The preacher will be Bishop Michael Nuttall, the retired Bishop of Natal, who was Dean of the Anglican Church in Archbishop Desmond’s Tutu time. In that position he became known as “Number Two to Tutu”, and they formed an exceptionally close relationship, which in the 1980s modelled how a white leader could work for and closely with a black leader.
        ◦ The choir will be the renowned Johannesburg choir, which he loved, Imilonji ka Ntu, whose contribution may have to be streamed in. 

News Provincial Notices

Memorial Services for Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

The following memorial services have been announced in celebration of the life of our Archbishop Emeritus:

This list will be updated as new details are finalised

  • The City of Cape Town will host an Interfaith Memorial Service at 6pm on Wednesday, 29 December. They will announce full details themselves.
  • Diocese of Cape Town, a memorial Eucharist service on Thursday, 30 December at 11am at the Church of the Resurrection, Bonteheuwel.
  • The Archbishop Tutu IP Trust and the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation will host an event in Cape Town on Thursday, 30 December in the evening.
  • The Diocese of Saldanha Bay, St Oswald’s Church in Milnerton will be holding a service of Evening Prayer at 6:30pm each evening until Saturday, 1 January 2022; St Oswald’s has been the parish church of the Tutu family since Archbishop Tutu’s retirement.
  • Diocese of Saldanha Bay, will hold an Ecumenical and Interfaith Requiem Mass including the LBGTIQ+ Community at St Oswald’s Church in Milnerton on Thursday,30 December at 7pm, after Evening Prayer.
  • The Diocese of the Free State will hold a thanksgiving service at St Peter’s Rocklands in Bloemfontein on Wednesday, 29 December at 9am.
  • Diocese of Mpumalanga: A memorial service will be held at St Peter’s Anglican Church at Kwa-Guqa in Emalahleni on Wednesday at 10am.
  • Free State: A thanksgiving service at Church of Grace Thabong in Welkom on Thursday, 30 December at 12pm.
  • The Diocese of the Highveld will have an Ecumenical Eucharist at 5pm on Wednesday, 29 December at St Dunstan’s Cathedral in Benoni.
  • The Diocese of Mzimvubu is arranging a thanksgiving service at St Saviour’s Cathedral Parish, Flagstaff on Thursday, 30 December at 9am.
  • The Diocese of George will have the following services:
    • Friday, 31 December at 12pm: parishes throughout the Diocese will have a Requiem Mass.
    • Saturday, 8 January 2022 at 10am: Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at St Marks Cathedral George.
  • The Diocese of Kimberley and Kuruman will be having an Ecumenical Thanksgiving service at St Cyprian’s Cathedral in Kimberley at 10am on Thursday, 30 December.
  • The Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist will host an Ecumenical Service at Christ Church Cathedral in Polokwane on Thursday, 30 December at 10am.
  • The Diocese of Pretoria will hold an ecumenical and interfaith service at 11am on Thursday, 30 December at St Albans Cathedral in Pretoria. They will announce full details themselves.
  • The Diocese of Johannesburg will also hold a memorial service in St Mary’s Cathedral in Johannesburg at 11am on Thursday, 30 December. They will announce full details themselves.
  • Johannesburg: There will be a midday prayer and laying of flowers with the bishop, dean and mayor at Soweto Tutu House on Wednesday, 20 December at 12pm.
  • Johannesburg: A Requiem Mass will be held at St Michael and All Angels, Weltevreden Park on Wednesday, 29 December at 5pm.
  • Johannesburg: There will be a thanksgiving mass with Bishop Steve Moreo at Holy Cross Anglican Church, Soweto on Friday, 31 December at 9am.
  • The Diocese of Lesotho will host a thanksgiving memorial on Thursday, 30 December at 2pm at the Cathedral Church of St Mary and St James in Maseru.
  • The Diocese of Port Elizabeth: St Mary’s Cathedral in Gqeberha will hold a memorial service at 10am on Friday, 31 December.
  • Diocese of Zululand: The Cathedral of St Michael’s and All Angels in Eshowe will be hosting an ecumenical thanksgiving service on Friday, 31 December at 10am.
  • Diocese of Matlosana: On Thursday, 30 December at 10am the Diocese of Matlosane, City Council of Matlosana, Northwest Government and interfaith communities will be assembling at the Archbishop Desmond’s birthplace for prayers and the laying of wreaths. There will then be a procession (weather permitting) from his birthplace to the Matlosana Auditorium where Memorial Service will take place starting at 12pm.
  • On Friday, 31 December, the Diocese of Matlosana has arranged for a Requiem Mass in his honor and thanksgiving for his life and ministry.
  • The Diocese of St Helena will have our memorial service, where all denominations will be in attendance, on Thursday, 30 December at 10:30am at St Paul’s Cathedral.
  • The Diocese of Khahlamba will have a memorial service on Friday, 31 December at the Cathedral Parish of St Michael’s and All Angels from 10am to 12pm.
  • Diocese of Christ the King
  • Wednesday 29th December – 12 noon – a Requiem Mass at  Church of the Transfiguration, Eldorado Park with  the Ecumenical Fraternal.
  • Thursday 30th December – 12 noon – Interfaith Service at Christ the Saviour, Lenasia
  • Friday 31st December – 12 noon – a community service at St Cyprians, Sharpeville with those who suffered major atrocities by the apartheid government.
  • A memorial will be held at Westminster Abbey in London in the next three months, at a date to be confirmed by the Abbey and Buckingham Palace.

 Each of the 12 dioceses will hold a Diocesan Memorial on Friday 10 AM Mozambique time  and 9 AM Angola time. On Saturday between 6:30 and 8:00 AM all parishes and Pastoral Charges will celebrate a Parochial Memorial Mass in the IAMA. Bishop Dinis will preach at the one in Maputo before traveling to CapeTown.  Holding you in our prayers. 

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Provincial Notices

Diocese of Mthatha elects new Bishop

The Ven Jemuel Thembinkosi Ngombane is the new Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Mthatha.

Archdeacon Ngombane was elected on the first ballot at an Elective Assembly of the Diocese today. He was one of three candidates.

Please pray for Archdeacon Ngombane, his wife Nomathemba and their wider family as they prepare for his Consecration and Installation.

Sincerely in Christ,

Provincial Executive Officer

Provincial Notices

VACANCY – Diocesan Secretary, Zululand

The Anglican Diocese of Zululand is advertising the post of Diocesan Secretary.

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Provincial Notices

Diocese of Mbhashe elects new Bishop

The Very Revd Mluleki Fikizolo, Dean of Mbhashe, has been chosen as the new Bishop-elect of the Diocese.

He was elected on the third ballot at an Elective Assembly of the Diocese today. He was one of six candidates nominated.

Please pray for Dean Fikizolo, his family and the Diocese as they prepare for his Consecration and Installation.

Sincerely in Christ,

Provincial Executive Officer