Amongst my favorite and most anticipated points in this trip were learning more about Steve Biko and of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s Ubuntu theology.
Upon entering the cathedral I was taken aback by the amazing architecture of it. The high ceilings, stained glass, and soft stone walls were a far cry from the small 4 room church I’d grown up in. Not that my own church wasn’t built with care but there was a particular type of carefulness that St. George’s was built with. It was designed by multiple artists and architects including Sir Francis Of Assisi.
I think one of the most important lessons to gain from the cathedral is the power of the church to advocate for change. Of the most prominent of the archbishops is Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who is most known for his preachings and teachings of Ubuntu theology. Ubuntu, in the words of Archbishop Tutu, “has to do with the very essence of what it means to be human, to know that you are bound up with others in bundle of life. Ubuntu is about wholeness, compassion for life.” He taught that the only way to truly prosper, it will only be if everyone works together.
The most unique quality of St. George’s was its capacity to be a place of worship while also serving as a place of political protest and gatherings. During Apartheid, any person or place that went against the government was punished or demolished. The church, being a holy place, was off limits to be touched. This clause allowed for political happenings to take place on the grounds of the cathedral.
I must admit that being in the cathedral, and especially walking past the throne of the archbishop, reminded me a lot of my grandfather, the late Archbishop A. L. Posey. I was left to replay & reflect on the memories I had with him.