The Generosity of the Rev. Desmond Tutu

I first met Rev. Tutu in March, 1995.  Well, I did not exactly meet him….I met his voice.  We were holding the first conference on person-to-person forgiveness ever held at any university in the world and we were doing so at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Rev. Tutu was kind enough to give the opening remarks by recorded audio to what now is an historical event–the first academic forgiveness conference.

I was immediately impressed with his warmth and wisdom.Rev Tutu 2  He talked of the African word ubuntu, of how we are all persons because of other persons.  He urged us all to try to overcome the animosities that have wounded the world because of a lack of forgiveness.  It was a challenge that is still with me, 19 years later.

Rev. Tutu recently has expanded his vision of stopping animosities worldwide by asking all of us to take the bold step of trying to learn to forgive as a global calling—for each of us—now—-for the good of humanity as well as for ourselves as we unburden from resentments that can pollute human interactions.

The new plan, announced recently by Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho Tutu, concerns the Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge, a free online program starting May 4, 2014, designed to teach the world how to forgive.

The 30-day program is based on a systematic process of forgiving that the Tutus present in their new book, The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Healing Our World.

We have seen how Rev. Tutu guided the Truth and Reconciliation Commission with such compassion as he absorbed a country’s intense pain borne out of grave injustice.  We have read his book, No Future without Forgiveness.  He has lived forgiveness.  He has embodied it.  We can’t wait for his global initiative.  We hope you take a look and benefit from a man and his daughter who have known suffering.


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  1. Samantha says:

    Thanks for the information here and in your Events section. It looks worthwhile. I will take a look.

  2. Chris says:

    This is a great idea. I think it will depend on the quality of the instruction. I have read a lot of books on forgiveness and some of the authors presume too much without any scientific evidence or clear philosophical examination of the ideas under consideration. I will be interested in how this course respects the science and philosophy of forgiveness.

  3. Jamie says:

    Does Rev. Tutu know about Professor Enright’s books? His have science backing them up. It is clear that the method can work. Maybe his books should be part of this.

  4. Michael L says:

    This is a strong vision for the planet. If even a few hundred more people started to take forgiveness seriously, that would help in a small but significant way to put a little more love into the world.


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