SOUTH AFRICA: Ndungane receives peacemaker award in Washington

November 6, 2006

The Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Njongonkulu Ndungane, received the annual Peacemaker award from the Commission on Peace of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington on Monday, November 6.

The Commission on Peace was founded in 1982 by then Bishop John Walker of Washington, to increase the activity and the voice of the Diocese of Washington in promoting peace, both in the United States and internationally. The late Bishop Walker, the first African-American Episcopal Bishop of Washington, developed a close relationship with Southern African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in support of the struggle against apartheid. Tutu was one of the previous recipients of this award. Walker's widow was guest of honor at the dinner at which the award was presented.

The Commission on Peace gives the award annually to a distinguished leader in public life for work in advancing the cause of peace, justice and reconciliation.

On Saturday, November 4, Ndungane took part in the investiture of Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori as 26th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church at Washington National Cathedral. Jefferts Schori is the first woman elected to lead one of the member churches of the worldwide Anglican Church.

Ndungane has expressed his delight in the appointment. "I am aware that the new Presiding Bishop is taking up her new position at a most challenging time in our church and in the world but I know that the God who calls us is also the God who equips us," he said. He has assured Jefferts Schori of his prayers and wholehearted support.