Naomi Tutu appointed to help with racial and economic reconciliation
Social justice activist and Episcopalian priest Rev. Naomi Tutu - the daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu - has been appointed by an American Cathedral to work on an initiative addressing racial and economic reconciliation.
Her role for the Cathedral of All Saints in Western North Carolina will fund her dealing with issues across the region.
The episcopal Diocese served by All Saints includes 28b counties , a major school, a retirement community and two conference centre plus the Kairos West community centre known as a “social justice community living room”. Part of her role will be to become Missioner for this centre
Her appointment coincides with the creation of a new Human Relations Commission and a move by the city leaders to establish a government department dedicated to equality and inclusion.
A statement issued by the Cathedral said: “The challenges of growing up black and female in apartheid South Africa has led Nontombi Naomi Tutu to her present day work as an activist for human rights and to her ordination to the Episcopal church in 2017….
“The Missioner position was created in response to the church’s call to seek to transform unjust societal structures, and in the position Rev. Tutu will seek to engage parishioners of the Cathedral, Episcopalians of the Diocese of Western North Carolina, as well as members of the wider community of Asheville/Buncombe County in public dialogue, advocacy, and reconciliation initiatives related to the role of race, economic, and intercultural relations.”