The Rev. Naomi Tutu to Complete Her Curacy at Christ Church Cathedral; Accepts Call
The Reverend Naomi Tutu will complete her work as Curate for Christ Church Cathedral on Sunday, September 30, one month beyond her originally scheduled term. Ordained to the Diaconate and the Priesthood at Christ Church Cathedral from the Diocese of Tennessee, Naomi stayed on at Christ Church as Curate for her first year of ordained ministry. She has now accepted a call to become Missioner for Racial and Economic Reconciliation at All Souls’ Cathedral, Asheville, NC, and will begin her time there on November 5, after a brief return home to South Africa.
Dean Kimbrough notes, “Naomi’s contribution to our common life, both the life of the parish and the life of the Diocese, has been extraordinary. The pulpit voice of Christ Church Cathedral was enriched by her presence and the Cathedral work to 'Proclaim, Seek, and Serve' proved fertile ground for a new Curate to learn, grow, and find her posture in the early days of ordained ministry. The staff and parish will miss her tremendously, but we will pray that the wider Church will be blessed for the beginning she had in Tennessee.”
The Reverend Tutu adds, “I would like to thank the Cathedral community for making my first year in ordained ministry such a fulfilling one. It has been an honor and a wonderful learning opportunity to serve as clergy with colleagues, both lay and clergy, who exercise their ministry to the people of God so faithfully. I have been particularly blessed to get to know different members of the Cathedral family in multiple settings, including the Women’s Retreat, Room in the Inn, pastoral visits, Vestry meetings, and at Sunday breakfast, the Coffee Minute, and Christian formation time. Thank you for welcoming me into this community and into your lives. Blessings, Naomi”