Mpho Tutu Biography
Mpho Tutu is an ordained Episcopal Priest and founding Director of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation. She is the daughter to Desmond Tutu.
Mpho Tutu Education Background
- She has a Master of Divinity Degree form Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA.
Mpho Tutu Career
Trustee of Angola University.
Executive Director of Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.
She was the Director of the Bishop Desmond Tutu Southern African Refugee Scholarship Fund of the Phelps Stokes Fund. That program provided full four-year scholarships to refugees from South Africa and Namibia.
She has worked as a volunteer teaching in and English as a second language (ESL) ministry in Alexandria, VA.
Mpho Tutu Books
- She wrote the foreword to National Geographic’s book, Geography of Religion.
- She also authored the foreword of Footprints in the Sand: Caregivers of South Africa.
- She co-authored The Book of ‘Forgiving’ together with her father.
- She co-authored ‘Made for Goodness’ with her father
Mpho Tutu Award and Honours
- Women Living Religion Fellowship by the MacMillan Center at Yale University in New Haven.
Mpho Tutu Gay Marriage
In 2016 she got married to Professor Marceline Furth- Furth is a professor in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Vrije University in Amsterdam. In 2006 same sex marriage was legalised in South Africa.
South African Anglican law on marriage states: “Holy matrimony is the lifelong and exclusive union between one man and one woman.”
Same-sex marriages are not recognised and when it comes to gay clerics, the church is very clear – they must remain celibate. Due to this she lost her licence to practice as a priest.
She says that she would like her marriage to help progress hat she calls the “very important conversation'” that needs to be had in the church regarding same-sex marriage.
“Not only do we have gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual people of every description sitting in our pews, to be perfectly honest we have all of those people standing in our pulpits too. And yet very often they sit in fear in the pews and they stand in fear in the pulpits because they are not free to fully own who they are and who they love.”
She is a daughter to Desmond Tutu and Leah Tutu. She has two children from her previous marriage.