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Abiy Ahmed moves to unite the protestant church in Ethiopia

In footsteps of his subtle intervention to make peace in the Ethiopian Church and Ethiopian Muslims affair, Abiy Ahmed is working on reconciling Ethiopia protestant churches

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Abiy Ahmed during discussion with protestant leaders on June 20, 2019. Photo credit : OPM

borkena
June 20, 2019

The office of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia disclosed today that the Prime Minister held a discussion, in his office, with 400 protestant church leaders.

Based on the disclosure from his office, the meeting is just like one of those meetings that he had with religious leaders, teachers, artists, health professionals and those in the legal profession, among others.

The meeting is informed by the objective to resolve internal wrangling within the protestant community. In that regard, the Prime Minister recommended the formation of a 15 members committee to iron out the difference and unite the churches.

In the past, Abiy Ahmed initiated and coordinated a mediation effort to unite leadership within Ethiopian Muslims and also within the Ethiopian church, also known as Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo church. And he was successful in both efforts. 

According to a report by Fana Broadcasting Corporation (FBC), the discussion helps to strengthen unity among various evangelical church leaders.

He told protestant church leaders that religious institutions need to respect the difference “magnify the things they have in common and work together.”

He also told the leaders that they need to be a role model for their followers, and discharge their responsibility in solving problems that Ethiopia is facing.

The country has been facing ethnic violence which led to the displacement of over three million people and for the deaths of hundreds of civilians.

Participants of the discussion on their part raised issues of concern for them including bureaucratic one which they say are experiencing in the process of obtaining and renewing license. They also raised issues of what they called intervention in the affairs of their faith.

The first protestant churches were established in Ethiopia as early as 1951 and the first group of protestant missionaries in Ethiopia are said to be from Finland and Sweden.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is said to be a follower of a protestant church. His predecessor Hailemariam Desalegne was protestant church follower, too. 

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6 COMMENTS

  1. “our beautiful prophet descended from heaven the most educated leader in ethiopian history””, said amhara .(ESAT)

    reference: ESAT, Amhara TV program based in USA.

  2. The conclusion part of this report is wrong as the former Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn is not a follower of protestant church. But he is a follower of Apostolic church of Ethiopia which is not affiliated to protestant church.

  3. Subject: Abiy Ahmed moves to unite the protestant church in Ethiopia, borkena
    June 20, 2019

    Quote: Quote: “The office of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia disclosed today that the Prime Minister held a discussion, in his office, with 400 protestant church leaders.” Unquote

    Commentary, 23 June 2019
    In my humble opinion and very shallow knowledge of political science, I dare say, my favorite young Prime Minster’s decision to indulge in ‘super natural affairs (i.e. RELIGION) is very unfortunate. In my narrow insight, super natural belief (so called ‘religion’) is indeed the eternal force of disastrous manifestation of conflict and liquidation among human beings — around the Globe. Physical human history attests to that destructive nature of mankind. I dare add: in this sordid circumstances it is the “common innocent person” that bears the heavy burden of losing Life — not [I repeat, NOT] the smart Alec charlatans who called themselves ‘politicians’. I STOP here.

  4. Hasty genberalizations will lead to confusions. H.E Dr. Abiy is trying to solve critical issues beyouind unification. Unification is onother issues…but a lot is there to do together. We all christians are citizens of heaven. Lets think with our rank of being son of GOD.

    stay blessed

  5. I strongly believe and agree with what the H.E prime minister Abiy did with the church leaders. We all need to think seriously where we are heading and as a result the church is fall short of the glory of God. Though we are late but still there is time to repent for all the wrongs, sins and missing the mark so that God may forgive us all.
    God is speaking to the church and leaders and “leaders” should respond to the call of God for repentance. This may be the final warning, if we fail to use this opportunity, the consequences may be serious.

    Let us pray and do our part to help bring unity among the churches.
    Many blessings

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