EREBB CONGRESS 2020: Keynote Animator # 1 – Rev Mpho Tutu Van Furth

We are excited to announce that the Rev. Mpho Tutu Van Furth will join us as one of the Keynote Animators at the upcoming EREBB Congress (via video conference).

Based in the Netherlands, Rev. Mpho is a writer, justice worker, theologian and wife and mother. She has a passion for the flourishing of people and our planet and the education of the young.

She is the author of a number of books with her father, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, that explore faith, justice and forgiveness.

She will share with us around the ideal of Ubuntu, the importance of faith and how we as educators can build a better world as envisaged in the Gospels and the Sustainable Development Goals. Rev Mpho will also host a smaller discussion exploring the support and full inclusion of LGBTI students in faith-based schools.

“UBUNTU is the essence of being human. It speaks of the fact that my humanity is caught up and is inextricably bound up in yours. I am human because I belong. Ubuntu speaks about wholeness; it speaks about compassion. A person with Ubuntu is welcoming, hospitable, warm and generous, willing to share. Such people are open and available to others. They are willing to be vulnerable. They are affirming of others. They do not feel threatened that others are able and good, for they have a proper self- assurance that comes from knowing that they belong in a greater whole.

They know that they are diminished when others are humiliated, diminished when others are oppressed, diminished when others are treated as if they were less than who they are. The quality of Ubuntu gives people resilience, enabling them to survive and emerge still human despite all efforts to dehumanize them”.

Mpho Tutu and the meaning of Ubuntu

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