Washington, DC, May 29, 2007
Cathedral Award to Desmond Tutu
Desmond Tutu to Receive Cathderal New Award for Advancement in Religious Understanding & Action
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WASHINGTON South Africas anti-apartheid hero Archbishop Desmond Tutu will be the inaugural recipient of a Washington National Cathedral award acknowledging individual efforts in unifying people across the religious spectrum.
Officially named The Cathedral Prize for Advancement in Religious Understanding and Action, the award will be given to Archbishop Tutu by Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III at a gala centennial dinner on November 9, 2007.
Archbishop Tutus concern for human dignity, his courage in promoting justice and equality, and his example of how a nation can embrace the biblical call to forgiveness, has won admiration worldwide. In these divided times, we need role models who demonstrate for us the necessity and value of reconciliation in every aspect of human life. His leadership of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission provides a rare example of Christian leadership in the civic realm, said Dean Lloyd.
In 1984, Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Two years later, he was elected Archbishop of Cape Town and was the first black African to serve in this position which placed him at the head of the Anglican Church in South Africa. Archbishop Tutu is also a recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism and the Gandhi Peace Prize. He is committed to stopping global AIDS.
The prize was created as part of Washington National Cathedrals year-long centennial celebration which begins on the anniversary of the laying of its foundation stone, September 29, 2007. Read more about the Cathedral Centennial.
SOURCE: Washington National Cathedral