This article represents a trilogy of tribute to and by Jürgen Moltmann on 05 and 06 April 2017
during the centenary celebrations of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Pretoria and
the conferment of an honorary doctorate to Moltmann. The first tribute to Prof. Moltmann is
an address from the General Secretary, World Council of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland, Rev.
Dr Olav Fykse Tveit. In this he honours Professor Moltmann’s prophetic reflection on how
theology can bring the living God we all believe in to the world today, so that human beings
and the entire creation can experience the fullness of life that God promised to us all. The
second tribute is authored by Klaus Nürnberger, in which he reflects on Moltmann’s legacy for
South Africans. The second part is Prof. Moltmann’s acceptance speech at the graduation
ceremony on 06 April when he addressed the new graduandi and their families and friends at
the Rembrandt Hall, University of Pretoria. He inspires the newly graduandi by saying: ‘In the
end – there is a beginning. Young men and women, let your hope arise. We have so much of
sick and dying hope around us. There is resignation. There is the arrogance of the powerful,
and there is the apathy of powerless. Drop arrogance and learn to listen to others. Get out of
apathy and lift up your head and raise your voices. Break out of indifference and get involved.
Life is so beautiful’. The last section echoes Moltmann’s lifelong emphasis on the living power
of hope and focuses on the power of forgiveness to mend broken relationships. This is not an
easy task, and where it is up to humanity, utterly impossible to cross the divides the human
condition can create. Moltmann focuses on how the reconciliation of Christ with humanity
creates bridges for humanity to reconcile with one another. Reconciliation restores relationships
and opens a ‘gateway’ to the future. In this way, Moltmann highlighted the theme of the
centenary celebration of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Pretoria.