EVENT: Archbishop Tutu Lecture Highlights

On 12th May 2010 more than 800 people piled into St John’s Smith Square, London, to hear Archbishop Desmond Tutu, founding patron of The Forgiveness Project, deliver our inaugural annual lecture – ‘Is Violence Ever Justified?’  Touching briefly on the Church’s view of a just war and challenging the audience to consider ‘what would you do if you discovered your daughter being raped?’, he then asked permission to talk more generally about things that he feels passionate about – for instance the process of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the transformative nature of forgiveness, and the uniquely African concept of Ubuntu – ‘I am me, because you are you’.  Archbishop Tutu was joined on stage by Mary Blewitt who lost 50 members of her family in the Rwandan genocide; Jo Berry whose father was killed in the 1984 Brighton bombing; and Patrick Magee, the former IRA activist who planted the bomb. The event was chaired by BBC broadcaster Edward Stourton, and sponsored by Anglo American, with The Independent newspaper as our media sponsor. Read more about the event at The Huffington Post. Or click here to watch videos of past lectures.

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