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Desmond Tutu’s appearance at Butler meets with popular demand: All tickets for the general public have been taken!

August 20, 2013 by Reader's Connection

God Is Not a Christian: And Other Provocations

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, 1984 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, will appear at Butler University’s Clowes Memorial Hall for a public address at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, but all of the tickets for the general public have already been distributed.

Ticket distribution for Butler faculty, staff, students, and alumni will begin at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 30 at the Clowes Hall box office, or at Ticketmaster. There is a limit of two tickets per person.

Tutu’s 2011 title God Is Not a Christian: And Other Provocations, edited by John Allen, was reviewed in Booklist:

Drawing mostly from public utterances by Tutu, South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, his biographer creates an ideal calling card for this magnificent apostle of peace and fellowship. The selections span four decades of Tutu’s advocacy for tolerance, justice, and forgiveness, and Allen presents them in sections concerned with, respectively, inclusiveness in religion and society, freedom from political oppression, economic and racial injustice, and the exercise of power. Specific topics include interfaith respect, gay and lesbian religious and social equality, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the necessity of black theology, Christian involvement in politics, and the successes and failures of South Africa after apartheid. No matter the topic, Tutu speaks throughout in the voice of the Christian prophet, decrying cruelty and meanness, defending the poor and the powerless, delighting in the beauty of creation, assuring us that each and every person has God’s love, as we hope, pray, and work for the kingdom of God. A little book that perfectly answers the question, who is Desmond Tutu?

 

Rabble-Rouser for Peace : The Authorized Biography of Desmond TutuRabble-Rouser for Peace : The Authorized Biography of Desmond Tutu by John Allen

“The Bible is dynamite . . . nothing could be more radical.” For South Africa’s famous Anglican Archbishop Tutu, the choice between prayer and social action is not an either-or proposition; “rather, prayer inevitably drove you off your knees into action.” Much has been written about Tutu’s role as head of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, where apartheid perpetrators came forward to confess and ask forgiveness, but the focus of this compelling biography by his longtime media secretary is on Tutu’s dynamic leadership role in the apartheid resistance when those racist perpetrators were in power. The inside story of his life is also a gripping history of the fight for peaceful change. Tutu’s passionate comments, whether he is meeting with world leaders to campaign for economic sanctions or defusing violent street battles at home, are both fierce and funny. But they can also be moving, as when he accepted the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize not for himself but for the millions of his people who had been uprooted and dumped as if they were rubbish. — Booklist

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