Archbishop Dr Thabo Cecil Makgoba
The Most Revd Dr Thabo Cecil Makgoba serves as the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa since January 2008. In 2009, he obtained his PhD from the University of Cape Town with Thesis on: Workplace Spirituality and holds honorary Doctorates in Divinity from the General Theological Seminary (2009), Huron University College (2013), and Sewanee: The University of the South (2015), a honorary doctorate in Literature from Witwatersrand University (2016) and he received the Chancellor’s medal from the University of Pretoria (2015). He has taught MBA students at the University of Cape Town on Ethical Leadership and Stewardship. Central to his career life has been his ordained ministry.
He has set up, and serves on the boards of, a number of non-profit organizations including being a Patron of the Western Cape Religious Leaders Forum. He is the Chancellor of the University of the Western Cape (2012). He has been a panellist and discussion leader at various World Economic Forum meetings. He writes frequently for a range of newspapers and journals, and many of these pieces, together with texts of sermons and speeches, – He published a short memoir, Connectedness, in 2005.
In 2013, Archbishop Makgoba helped launch the South African leg of the international We Will Speak Out campaign which calls on the church community to urgently address sexual and domestic violence within faith communities.
Congratulations to SAFFI on 10 Years of Transforming Hearts, Minds and Relationships
There is no work that is more important in our country than the elimination of domestic and sexual violence, whether it is based on gender or afflicted on our children.
News headlines and everyday talk on public transport, in the workplace and among friends often focus on the most visible crimes on our streets, in our shops and in our homes. But the abuse of our intimate partners and our children is largely a silent epidemic, one which causes immerse suffering to individual and great damage to our society.
It is for this reason that the faith community needs to step up and play its part in addressing this scourge, and that we value the work that SAFFI does.
Congratulations on your 10th anniversary and may your work go from strength to strength as you pursue as James 1:26-27 states in acts of love to the orphaned and vulnerable.
The Reverend Mpho A. Tutu van Furth
The Reverend Mpho A. Tutu van Furth, an Episcopal priest. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA and began her ordained ministry at Historic Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia. She founded the USA-based Tutu Institute for Prayer and Pilgrimage; and since 2012 is the Executive Director of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.
Reverend Tutu van Furth – firm in her belief that human beings were made for good works in the image of God, despite everyday cruelties – recently co-authored books Made for Goodness and The Book of Forgiving with her father, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. She believes that we must realize, as a single human community, we all depend on each other and belong to each other. Our actions affect everyone and everything and through deliberate action, the world literally changes. She also believes that women’s expertise, perspectives, and unique style will play a critical role in shaping both the future and the world at large.
An experienced preacher, teacher, retreat facilitator and public speaker, Reverend Tutu van Furth has run ministries for children in the downtown Worcester, Massachusetts; for rape survivors in Grahamstown, South Africa; and for refugees from South Africa and Namibia at the Phelps Stokes Fund in New York City.
Mpho’s Statement of support for SAFFI
I am proud to support the work of SAFFI. The family is the core of our society. The model of family life is the model that we carry into our larger community. A flourishing society demands healthy family relationships. Families in which all can live in safety and without fear of violence. The shalom of the biblical promise begins with shalom in our homes. You too must support the important work that SAFFI is undertaking to restore health and wellbeing to our household.
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