Archbishop Desmond Tutu will be in the Islands at the invitation of the Dean of the Episcopal Church´s Cathedral of Saint Andrew, The Very Rev. Walter Brownridge, whose previous pastoral duties include serving as the Canon of St. George´s Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa.
Archbishop Tutu´s speaking schedule includes three events that are free and open to the public, and two that will require the purchase of tickets. Funds raised by ticket sales will endow the Desmond Tutu Outreach Fund for community benefit ministries in Hawaii, such as the Cathedral of Saint Andrew´s support of the Institute of Human Services.
Archbishop Tutu is a well-known proponent of human rights, and was a leading figure in the long struggle to end apartheid in his native South Africa. After apartheid was ended, Archbishop Tutu led the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which is credited with helping South Africa to heal the wounds caused by decades of race-based discrimination. Since then, the Archbishop has become a vocal advocate of rights for women and homosexuals, and has advocated for more vigorous action to deal with HIV, AIDS and tuberculosis.
Archbishop Tutu will participate in the following events in Honolulu:
- An Evening With Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Friday, August 3, 2012, at 6 p.m., the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. This will be a 45-minute live conversation between Archbishop Tutu and Leslie Wilcox, President and CEO of PBS Hawaii. Information on tickets is available here.
- The Peggy Kai Lecture, Saturday, August 4, 2012, at 10 a.m., the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. Archbishop Tutu will be the speaker at this free public lecture. Information on the lecture is available here.
- The Bishop´s Luau with Archbishop Tutu, Saturday, August 4, 2012, at 5 p.m., Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. We regret to announce that the Bishop’s Luau with Archbishop Tutu has been cancelled. The cancellation is due to a change in Archbishop Tutu’s schedule.
- Choral Eucharist, Sunday, August 5, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. Archbishop Tutu will preach at this Episcopal Church service, and the celebrant will be The Rt. Rev. Robert L. Fitzpatrick, Bishop of Hawaii. The public is invited. Information on the Choral Eucharist is available here.
- Interfaith Prayer Service, Sunday, August 5, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. Archbishop Tutu and leaders from other faiths will hold an interfaith prayer service. The public is invited. Information on the Interfaith Prayer Service is available here.