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Dec. 27, 2021 — Desmond Tutu, 1931-2021

On Oct. 22, 2006, a black man wearing white and gold robes walked into one of the overflow rooms at my church and uttered the following:

Lwaye u!xolo lukaThi!xo, olugqithisele kuko konke ukuqonda, luya kuzigcina iintliziyo zenu neengqiqo zenu kuKristu Yesu.

The man was Desmond Tutu, the Archbishop of Cape Town and a worldwide activist for human rights and nonviolent protest. He died over the weekend at the age of 90, having dedicated his life and ministry to lifting up the poor, disadvantaged, and downtrodden.

The service was part of a commemoration of the Episcopal Church’s admittance of women to the priesthood. It attracted such a following that the cathedral opened overflow space in our wooden space as well as the stone crypt underneath the main body of the church.

It’s the only time in my life I received the post-Communion blessing with Xhosa clicks (symbolized by the exclamation points in the above text).

And he, like that blessing, were completely unforgettable.

Rest in power, Bishop.

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