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Breakfast With the Archbishop -- A Q&A With Desmond Tutu

Rio Helmi | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Rio Helmi

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was recently in Bali on a stopover. I had breakfast with him shortly after Jokowi's status as Indonesia's president elect was upheld by the constitutional court.

Why Bother Trying to Change the World?

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Ethan Casey

Like establishing a garden or writing a book, building a patio in an uncertain world is an exercise in enlisting the passage of time to advantage: an act of faith.

How White People Should Write About Ferguson

Julie Mannell | Posted 08.22.2014 | Impact
Julie Mannell

Perhaps instead we should consciously endeavor to support the discourse about the experiences of people of color in 2014 written by actual people of color.

Being at One With Desmond Tutu

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

Support for Death With Dignity from across the ocean is encouraging. And when it comes from Desmond Tutu it carries a particularly gratifying weight.

Archbishop Desmond and Mpho Tutu Speak Out on Gaza

Geoff Livingston | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Geoff Livingston

When my community suggested I ask Archbishop Tutu and Mpho about how to resolve the Gaza crisis, I agreed. The resulting conversation is fantastic.

Want Peace? Try Forgiveness

Sharon McElroy | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Sharon McElroy

Indeed, it can be hard to "swim against the stream" of our reactions to injustice. But heading down the path of forgiveness can be as simple as knowing we each have this spiritual sense that can identify the good that's present even where it seems far from obvious.

The Moral Imperative in End-of-Life Choice Looks Different Now

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 07.21.2014 | Good News
Barbara Coombs Lee

For those of us grounded in end-of-life care and choice, the earth shook this week. Did you feel it? The shaking hasn't stopped, but the religious foundation from which aid-in-dying opponents build their strength cracked.

Inspiring Lessons from Seattle Pacific University

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I am so grateful to the Seattle Pacific University community for their witness of strength, forgiveness, and deep faith. Yet I am heartbroken that they and so many other children, youths, and adults walk in fear on a daily basis and keep having to worry about experiencing this at all. Why is our nation saturated with guns-- four million in military and law enforcement hands and 310 million in civilian hands? Why are American children and teens 17 times more likely to die from gun violence than their peers in 25 other high-income countries combined? Why is our mental health system still so inadequate to respond to the cries of those needing help? When will we all say enough? We can and must do better.

Tracing the Life of an Extraordinary Man

Dawn Gifford Engle | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Dawn Gifford Engle

I am thinking about a life well lived. I am thinking about how big of a difference this diminutive, moral giant of a man has been able to make in this world.

Anti-Apartheid Archbishop Calls Presbyterians to Back Divestment from Israeli Occupation

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion
Robert Naiman

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the leader who more than any other human being alive is associated with the successful use of divestment to help overturn apartheid in South Africa, is calling on Presbyterians to choose divestment from the Israeli occupation.

'Political Paralysis' From The Impossible Will Take a Little While

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Paul Loeb

We don't have to be perfect saints or know every answer to every question to begin working for a more just world. We can be wounded or hesitant ourselves, sometimes profoundly so.

UN Climate Chief Urges Religious Leaders To Speak Out On Climate Change

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.08.2014 | Religion

Top UN official Christiana Figueres called on religious leaders to speak out on climate change in an impassioned op-ed for The Guardian. She is Execut...

Global Warming: The Inevitability Trap

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.06.2014 | Green
Paul Loeb

Is the biggest hurdle on climate change outright denial? Or is it the sense that of being overwhelmed and too late, that there's nothing we can do?

Best Commencement Speech Ever for Environmental Hope?

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.06.2014 | College
Paul Loeb

Paul Hawken has long been one of my heroes. He was the press coordinator for Martin Luther King's historic Selma-to-Montgomery march. He turned a smal...

When South Africa Called, We Answered

Danny Schechter | Posted 07.02.2014 | Media
Danny Schechter

Even as South Africa celebrates its 20th anniversary as a democracy with elections slated for next week, there has never been more rancor and anger in a land we all wanted to see as a true "rainbow nation."

Best Environmental Commencement Speech Ever?

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.02.2014 | Green
Paul Loeb

Paul Hawken has long been one of my heroes. He was the press coordinator for Martin Luther King's historic Selma-to-Montgomery march. He turned a smal...

Desmond Tutu On Kerry 'Apartheid' Controversy: Things In Israel 'Mirror' South Africa

HuffPost Live | Alexandra Schuster | Posted 04.30.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

The Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Desmond Tutu doesn't object to Secretary of State John Kerry's use of the word "apartheid" to describe the future...

What Desmond Tutu Can Teach World Leaders About Forgiveness

HuffPostLive | Posted 04.29.2014 | World

The Archbishop Emeritus of Capetown, Desmond Tutu, joined HuffPostLive together with his daughter Rev. Mpho Tutu to discuss their new work "The Book o...

New Troubles at the Gates of Virunga

Richard Branson | Posted 06.27.2014 | Green
Richard Branson

Virunga National Park is a unique asset that could, if utilized correctly, be an economic development engine. We believe it is important for the Congolese to chart a development path that benefits the majority, not a privileged few, and above all else, enforce its own laws.

'Cowboys and Indians' Unite Over Keystone XL

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 04.25.2014 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

Over the past couple of the days, the protesters -- made up of ranchers, farmers and indigenous tribes -- have been performing water ceremonies, to highlight the risk that the tar sands pose to water sources along its 1,179 mile route.

Climate Change This Week: New Ozone Hole, Wheat Worries, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.24.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Apr 24 2014 How unusua...

Climate Change This Week: Super Cheap Solutions, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.17.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Apr 17 2014 How unusua...

Look What Has Happened to Us

Mpho Tutu | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Mpho Tutu

If I could speak to the person who killed Angela, I would tell them that I don't have the words to say just how sad I am. I would say, "Look what has happened to us."

Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Urge Obama to Make the Right Choice and Reject the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz | Posted 06.16.2014 | Green
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

Communities around the world are feeling the impacts of climate change on their health, safety and livelihoods. The most recent climate science community report shows a growing threat to our communications, transportation, security and food systems.

The Politics of Ubuntu

Desmond Tutu | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
Desmond Tutu

There were no representatives from Syria, Iraq or North Korea at Nelson Mandela's memorial. This is not just about paying respects, this is about the fate of our global community.