Diocesan Bishops Alan Gates and Gayle Harris are inviting churches to ring bells and offer prayers in remembrance of Archbishop Tutu, who died on December 26th. In a message to the diocese, the Bishops said, "We join with Anglicans worldwide – indeed, with people of goodwill in every corner of the globe – as we grieve the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and offer thanks for his extraordinary witness to the demands of justice and the reconciling power of love." Archbishop Tutu will be laid to rest this Saturday, Jan. 1, at St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town, where he served as archbishop from 1986 to 1996. On the eve of the archbishop's requiem, St. Paul's will accept our Bishops' invitation and ring our bell for 10 minutes at noon on Friday, Dec. 31. Our services on Sunday, Jan. 2 will also include prayers for Archbishop Tutu. Plans are underway for a Service of Thanksgiving commemorating Archbishop Tutu, to be held in our diocese in the near future. Details will be forthcoming.
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