February 12, 2009

Desmond Tutu wins global oneness award

by David Masters

Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu is be given an international award in honour of his “vision, understanding and building of bridges.”

The Nobel Peace laureate and former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town will receive the Spiritual Leadership Award from global awakening movement Humanity’s Team.

Humanity’s Team worldwide coordinating director, Steve Farrell, said: “Archbishop Tutu has dedicated his life to solving some of the world’s most insurmountable challenges with vision, understanding and building of bridges.

“We consider it a great privilege to give this award to this spiritual leader and we are extremely honoured he has agreed to accept it.”

Seventy seven year old Tutu – famous for his opposition to apartheid in 1980’s South Africa – will receive the honour at Humanity Team’s 2009 global Oneness Summit on April 18 in Pretoria, South Africa.

The summit’s focus will be on oneness as expressed in the southern African ethic of ‘ubuntu’ – “I am what I am because of who we all are”.

According to Farrell, Tutu “embodies many of humanity’s greatest visions of spiritual courage — of ubuntu — and is now an icon of hope far beyond South Africa.”

In support of Humanity’s Team vision of global oneness, Tutu signed a petition asking the UN to declare an annual global Oneness Day.

“We must recognize our common humanity — that we are all one, that our destinies are bound up in another’s, that I need you for me to be me and that we complement each other as essential parts of a greater whole,” said Tutu.

If people lived according to this vision, “Life would truly be ‘on Earth as it is in heaven,'” the former Archbishop concluded.

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