Dear family, friends and colleagues:
It is with a mixture of pride and sadness that Allan and Elna Boesak announce that they will be staying in the United States of America for the foreseeable future. After extended and intensive discussions Butler University and the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana, have announced that Professor Allan Boesak will hold The Desmond Tutu Chair for Peace, Global Justice, and Reconciliation Studies for the next four years. The creation of this Chair comes with the warm and gracious support and blessing of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. (See http://news.butler.edu/blog/2013/06/anti-apartheid-activist-allan-boesak-appointed-to-joint-position-at/).Elna Boesak will continue her work as journalist, producer and public forum facilitator and is looking forward to continuing teaching and lecturing in media ethics and communication studies.
The Boesak couple’s eldest daughter Sarah will complete her law studies in South Africa after which she will, if all goes well, continue with post-graduate studies in International Human Rights Law in the USA. This four year appointment also gives Andrea the opportunity to complete her high school education at the International School of Indiana without any disruptions.
Prof. Boesak expresses his excitement at the appointment and at the possibilities it opens to connect both Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s and his own concerns for reconciliation, peace and global justice to theological reflection, teaching and action. For both Tutu and Boesak faith and public life are inseparable and the opportunities this appointment will offer to relate both faith and public life to ongoing global struggles – both inside and outside the Church – are immeasurable.
Whilst it does sadden Allan and Elna Boesak that this will not happen in South Africa they will continue to grasp opportunities to serve justice, peace, and human dignity at a time that the world is crying out for faithful prophetic witness. Their beloved South Africa and her people will, as always, remain in their thoughts, hearts and prayers and will continue to be an inspiration and a source for fruitful partnerships in their ongoing work whilst in the USA. They thank God for God’s blessings in their lives and for the opportunity to contribute to the broadening of the African perspective on global matters.
We will remain in touch. God’s rchest blessings on you and the important work you are doing.
Elna & Allan Boesak