Nobel prize-winner Tutu urges racial reconciliation

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2002

SEATTLE (AP) -- South Africa's Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu delivered a rousing call for an end to racial and ethnic divisions worldwide, then began dancing in the aisle.

More than 1,000 people packed St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral on Sunday to greet Tutu, 71, winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, at the start of his four-day visit to Seattle.

''What a glorious occasion this is. What beautiful people I see,'' he said.

Tutu's sermon did not directly refer to the war on terrorism or Mideast violence but spoke of ''the divisions in society'' at the time of Christ, who he said preached ''the radical idea that we are all part of the same family, we are all bound to each other. ... No one is an outsider; we are all insiders.''

The archbishop is launching the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation USA to work with universities nationwide to create leadership academies that emphasize peace, social justice and reconciliation.

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