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Archbishop Desmond Tutu receives award from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor

posted on 08 November 2007

Archbishop Tutu has been made an Honorary Fellowship of the Guild of Church Musicians at a ceremony led by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor in Westminster Cathedral on 7th November 2007.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, as a patron of the Guild of Church Musicians, presented the award to Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the annual presentation which took place after a service of afternoon prayer. The Honorary Fellowship was awarded to Archbishop Tutu in recognition of his work as a theologian and Church leader. Archbishop Tutu will add his Honorary Fellowship of the Guild of Church Musicians to his other 180 awards and fellowships which include a Nobel Prize. Honorary Fellowships were also awarded to Rev. Cannon Anthony Caesar, CVO and David and Hazel Gedge.


In presenting the award to Archbishop Tutu Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor said: “you have received many awards in your life, but this is an important one too. It is good that the harmony of peace and reconciliation in your life is being recognised.”


Archbishop Tutu expressed thanks to all those who had helped him in his work as a theologian and as a Church leader, particularly the past Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie.


'It is not that I cannot sing a note, what I cannot do is read music,' he joked after the Guild's John Ewington said the award was in recognition of his work as an 'outstanding Christian leader' and theologian.


'Fortunately, as he has pointed out, it is not for my musical ability so much as I suppose the fact that I can pass off for a theologian,' he added after the ceremony at Westminster Cathedral.


He paid tribute to all who had helped in the anti-apartheid struggle. “The Church worldwide needed that leadership and now today we are free.” He also went on to say: “I pray that God will pour abundant blessings on the Guild of Church Musicians, especially for next year when you celebrate your 120th anniversary. What a glorious achievement that will be and we should all be saying thanks be to God.”

Notes:
The Presentation of Archbishops' Awards in Church Music alternates each year between Lambeth Palace and Westminster Cathedral. The Guild is able to award Honorary Fellowships to those who have had outstanding careers in church music or are outstanding theologians.
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posted on 08 November 2007

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