The Cathedral of All Souls has hired Reverend Naomi Tutu, the daughter of the famous South African archbishop Desmond Tutu. The younger Tutu starts her office this autumn at the church in Biltmore Village.
Rev. Tutu & # 39; s work at All Souls will focus on social justice. That is according to the very reverend Todd Donatelli, the dean of the church who serves as the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of West North Carolina.
"We realized that we are a predominantly white church, and we must be engaged to people whose stories are different from ours," says Donatelli.
Tutu & # 39; s official title at All Souls & Cathedral Mission for Racial and Economic Reconciliation & # 39; his, a reference to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that after her end in her homeland South Africa was formed of apartheid.Her father was in that committee, and Reverend Donatelli says that the younger Tutu can transfer knowledge to Western North Carolina, a region that is still struggling with its own painful racial history – a history that Donatelli says has never been fully investigated. "As Jesus said, the truth makes us free," explains Donatelli. "What they have probably edited is that it will also make us uncomfortable and painful, but the truth of our tradition and many traditions is that the truth will ultimately free us."
The first day of Reverend Tutu with All Souls is November 4 – All Saints.