By Nicole King, Matthew Depew, and Sarah Depew
As an advocate for the LGBTQ community and countless other marginalized groups, Desmond Tutu is one of the world’s most influential human rights advocates…and today is his birthday!
As the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Tutu was influential in the struggle against apartheid while bridging the gap between blacks and whites in South Africa. He is a Nobel Peace Laureate for this work, and the work he continues to do as an advocate for the oppressed. His philosophical and theological perspectives are centered on equality, social justice, inclusivity, love, and celebrating diversity among ALL people.
In the featured video we see this manifested through the eyes of the children of Grace United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. This unique congregation truly reflects the diversity of our world - from African families, to LGBTQ members, to homeless people, to women in leadership. Yes, “It is possible for those who are different in all kinds of ways to cohere as a unified community.”