‘No Shame in a Tutu’, listen to the full series of Evensong Sermons to learn about the life, dignity, and faith of Desmond Tutu, which was held by St John’s College.

Jun 1, 2022
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

St John’s College invites you to listen to the series held in honour of Desmond Tutu. Preachers held weekly Evensong Sermons to engage in some of the areas that Archbishop Desmond Tutu would teach about. 

Lord Boateng spoke about the racial justice that took place in South Africa and how he first met Desmond Tutu in 1988 at the height of the state of emergency of the apartheid in a church in South Africa. He explains how influential and passionate Desmond Tutu was in his efforts against all odds to accomplish his aims of a safe, just, and peaceful society for all.

The Rt. Hon. Lord Boateng took part in the first sermon as an ambassador for the Tutu Foundation UK. Lord Boateng was born in Hackney and spent his early years in Ghana He is a lawyer civil rights activist politician and diplomat. He was a Member of Parliament for Brent South 1987–2005 and served in various ministerial positions between 1997–2005 including in Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury. He stepped away from Parliament to return to Africa as the UK's High Commissioner to South Africa 2005-2009. He is a Methodist lay Preacher, a Vice President of the Bible Society, and Chairs the Archbishop's Commission on Racial Justice.

To listen to Lord Boateng’s sermon as well as all of the sermons in the series, please visit: https://www.joh.cam.ac.uk/evensong-sermons-et2022