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Desmond Tutu, ThM Biography

Archbishop Emeritus and Nobel Prize Winner
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"

“We urge a renewed effort, firmly based in international law and respect for human rights that first aims to define boundaries between Israel and a new Palestinian state and address security issues. Without such focus, we will see the possibility of a two-state solution slipping even further away…

Without a strategy that can deliver a peace agreement based on a two-state solution, Palestinians will continue to live under Israeli occupation, millions of Palestinian refugees will continue to live without hope, and Israel’s survival and security remain under threat. If there is no real progress, more violence is the likely outcome.”

Cowritten with Jimmy Carter, “Tutu, Carter: Time to Move on Mideast Peace,” USA Today, Dec. 21, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Archbishop Emeritus, 1996-present
  • Recipient, Templeton Prize (worth approximately $1.7 million), 2013
  • Recipient, $1 million award, Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Oct. 4, 2012
  • Recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2009
  • Founding Member and Chair, The Elders, 2007-present
  • Founder, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, Jan. 2004
  • Visiting Professor, King’s College, 2004
  • Visiting Professor, Episcopal Divinity School at Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2002
  • Visiting Professor, Theology, Emory University, 1998-2000
  • Co-founder, Desmond Tutu Peace Center (DTPC), 1998
  • Former Chair, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 1994-unknown
  • President, All Africa Conference of Churches, 1987-1997
  • Archbishop of Cape Town, Sep. 7, 1986-1996
  • Bishop of Johannesburg, 1985-1986
  • Recipient, Nobel Prize for Peace, 1984
  • ThM (Master of Theology), King’s College, 1966
  • BA, University of South Africa, 1954
  • Teacher’s certificate, Pretoria Bantu Normal College, 1953
  • General Secretary, South African Council of the South African Council of Churches, 1978-unknown
  • Bishop, Lesotho, 1976-1978
  • Anglican Dean, St. Mary’s Cathedral of Johannesburg, 1975-1976
  • Associate Director, Theological Education Fund of the World Council of Churches in Kent, 1972
  • Lecturer, theology, University of Roma at Lesotho, 1970-1972
  • Chaplain, University of Fort Hare
  • Teacher, Federal Theological Seminary at Alice, 1966-unknown
  • Priest, Anglican Church, 1961-1996
  • Teacher, English and history, Munsieville High School, 1954-1957
  • Born on Oct. 7, 1931 in Klerksdorp, South Africa
  • Married Leah Nomalizo on July 2, 1955. They have four children.
  • Officially retired from public life on Oct. 7, 2010
  • Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation Twitter handle: @DesmondTutuPF
Quoted in:
  1. Is Israel an Apartheid State?
  2. Can the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement Help Resolve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?