Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Templeton Prize Ceremony Guildhall 21st May 2013

Guildhall filled to capacity with the great and the good to honour a wonderful man Desmond Tutu.  A full two hour programme included singing by the London African gospel Choir, Annie Lennox and the Eric Whitaker Singers.
Highlight was presentation of the Templeton Prize to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu including the Tree of Life medallion.
Worth more than the Nobel Peace Prize, the Templeton Prize honours and encourages the many entrepreneurs trying various ways for discoveries and breakthroughs to expand human perceptions of divinity and to help in the acceleration of divine creativity.  It honours a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life's spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery or practical works. This years prize was worth £1.1million sterling.  Last years recipient was Tutu's good friend the Dalai Lama - and I noted that the first recipient in 1973 was Mother Teresa of Calcutta - someone very dear to my uncle Malcolm Muggeridge and who stayed with my uncle at Robertsbridge.  I have recently republished Something Beautiful for God, Malcolms best selling and ever popular book on Mother Teresa.
The Lord Mayor Roger Gifford was at the reception afterwards - very much looking forward to our Luncheon at Mansion house on 25th July.

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