Number Two to Tutu: A Memoir

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Cluster, Jan 1, 2003 - Anglican Communion - 178 pages
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This book tells a story involving two South African church leaders, Desmond Tutu and Michael Nuttall, during a dramatic and decisive time in the history of their country, the 1980's and 1990's. Tutu was, and is, well known and acclaimed across the world, firstly for his courageous prophetic witness against apartheid and all it stood for, and secondly for his chairing of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Nuttall was Bishop of Natal when Tutu was Archbishop of Cape Town. His election in 1989 to be the bishop next senior to the Archbishop meant that he was drawn into a remarkable partnership. This book opens the curtains on some intriguing and transforming situations in which they became involved. It shows how the church, through its leaders as well as in other ways, played an important part in South Africa's journey from being a racist tyranny into acquiring a new democratic dispensation. It also shows how the church attended to its own internal needs and challenges at the same time.

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Desmond Tutu was born October 7, 1931 in Klerksdorp, Transvaal, South Africa. He attended Johannesburg Bantu High School. After leaving school he trained first as a teacher at Pretoria Bantu Normal College and graduated in 1954 from the University of South Africa. After three years as a high school teacher he began to study theology, and was ordained as a priest in 1960. From 1962 to 1966 Tutu devoted his time to further theological study in England at King's College, eventually earning a Master's of Theology. From 1967 to 1972 he taught theology in South Africa before returning to England for three years as the assistant director of a theological institute in London. In 1975 he was appointed Dean of St. Mary's Cathedral in Johannesburg, the first black to hold that position. From 1976 to 1978 he was Bishop of Lesotho, and in 1978 became the first black General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches. Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize on October 15, 1984 for his role in the opposition to apartheid in South Africa. He was then elected Archbishop of Cape Town in April of 1986, the highest position in the South African Anglican Church. Tutu is also an honorary doctor of a number of universities in the USA, Britain and Germany.

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