Education, Dialogue, Social Action

2017 Everding Distinguished Lectureship Program

Dr. Tinyiko Maluleke, a Professor of Theology at the University of Pretoria, is a leading South African theologian. He has published more than 90 papers in peer reviewed journals as well as dozens of opinion pieces on the critical social, political and religious issues of our time.

Saint John’s Cathedral 1350 Washington Street Denver, CO 80231

Free of charge and open to the public.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm Presentation by Dr. Maluleke: I Am Prepared to Die - Nelson Mandela and the Practice of Hope and Integrity

What kept Nelson Mandela hopeful and energetic all through the dark days of the struggle against Apartheid? Where did Mandela learn the spiritual tenacity that kept him sane, hopeful and forgiving while in prison for 27 years? Where and how did he learn not to be consumed by rancor and the spirit of revenge, both during but also after his incarceration? The answer to these and similar questions lie as much in his spiritual philosophy as it did in his political philosophy. This lecture will examine the shape and form of the spirituality that nurtured and sustained Nelson Mandela - something we tentatively call an Afro-Christian spirituality. We shall also explore the possible relevance of elements of this spirituality for the USA.

Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 2:00pm Presentation by Dr. Maluleke: Desmond Tutu and The Quest for Racial Forgiveness in South Africa and the USA

There is overwhelming evidence that when Desmond Tutu accepted the role of chairperson of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, it was for him much more than the acceptance of a presidential appointment. He saw it as an opportunity to ritualize, exemplify and advocate the power of forgiveness and reconciliation in the building of nation and community. This lecture will explore the sources and main tenets of Desmond Tutu’s theology of forgiveness. Of particular interest will be the implications of Tutu’s theology for race and gender relations in South Africa and the USA today.

The Everding Distinguished Lectureship Program:

Established through a gift from Prof. H. Edward and Lee Palmer Everding, this endowed lectureship is a project of the Iliff School of Theology and Saint John’s Cathedral aimed at enhancing interfaith dialogue and inter-religious learning throughout the community through annual lectures from outstanding visiting teachers.