Pages

Saturday, May 19, 2012

~ Archbishop Tutu Speaks at Gonzaga University Commencement ~

by Tina~in_ut





SPOKANE, Wash. – Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu told Gonzaga University graduates Sunday (May 13) to dream, reject cynicism, and collaborate with God to create a gentler and more equitable world.

I know this is long, but it's SO worth listening to. He's an amazing speaker with a beautiful message~

14 comments:

Michael said...

BAM!!

Maureen said...

KERPLUNK.

BAM back attcha Michael

Michael said...

When Tina sent me the announcement that Desmond Tutu would be honored and giving the commencement address at Gonzaga I was confused.

Desmond Tutu is one of my heroes and certainly doesn't share the same beliefs of the Catholic Church. He teaches love and inclusion and equality for all. Not the anti gay baloney that El Pope-O spews from his gilded throne and palace in Italy.

And sure enough...alumni and parents protested against his visit by writing letters and circulating petitions to which the students countered with their own petitions. The president of Gonzaga ended the controversy basically by telling those opposed to "suck it!"

The result is this incredible and inspiring address that had me weeping into my hands as Tutu ended his address with what has been called a "stunning emotional flourish."

As a gay man I have to say that all the negativity from the Christian right everyday does occasionally takes it toll...but listening to someone as distinguished and loved the world over....like Desmond Tutu....stick up for you....gives me the strength to carry on in what I believe is the last fight for civil rights in America.

I watched this address live as it happened and I am so happy that Gonzaga posted this video so all can see and hear what a true Christian looks and sounds like...

The hand of God is truly on this mans shoulder.

Michael said...

Maureen!

I loved your pictures yesterday! Hilarious...

Maureen said...

Thanks. They really cracked me up!

Maureen said...

It's a beautiful day here today. It's already almost 80 but there is a lovely breeze.

I was thinking of going to the library (duh!)getting a book and sitting in their reading garden for a while. But, I'm really tired and will probably sleep in their reading garden!

And I will go in and listen to the vid.

Maureen said...

Now if only I could hoist my fat ass outta bed and get dressed, it will make getting out a lot easier!

Maureen said...

WOW...that's about all I can say about the vid. WOW...

TINA...thanks so much for posting that.

And to those that might not want to watch when you see the time stamp...WATCH! It goes by very fast as you will be mesmerized by it. And the cockels of your heart will be warmed.

Just_Lin said...

Michael I love your rainbow colors.

Just_Lin said...

Tina That was a great speech. Thank you for posting it today.

Just_Lin said...

MO The cockels of my heart are warmed as well. :)

Zona said...

TINA: That was a wonderful speech..funny..heartwarming and with such an important message..thanks for sharing it with us!

..the 'knock knock' cracked me up.. :D

Waving HI to everyone..I hope you're all having a good day! I think I'll go back to melting now.. :D

sacBarb said...

Tina, This is really inspiring and I'm glad that Gonzaga officials allowed him to speak to the graduates. Thanks for posting it for us.

Mo, my cockels are warmed, too.

Michael, BAM back atcha.

J/L, Howdy.

Tina~in_ut said...

Glad you liked his speech~ I couldn't believe how fantastic it was.....and yet I could totally believe it~ Ur right Mo~ It goes by so fast, you don't realize it's a half hour~ And Zona~ the knock-knock joke was so cute~ Michael.....i didn't realize ur gay~ J/L and Sackie.....glad ur cocks are warm~