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Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church once again calls for peaceful dialogue to resolve problems

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His Holiness Abune Mathias (Photo /EOTC TV)

ADDIS ABABA – (BORKENA) – The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC) once again called for peaceful dialogue to resolve the problems being witnessed in the country.

The Holy Synod of EOTC made the call through the statement it issued after concluding its October 2023 conference.

“We Ethiopians have not yet recovered from the loss of human life and from the sadness of property damage caused by the war.  We are deeply saddened by the loss of innocent lives and destruction of properties due to the wars, conflicts and disagreements that have occurred in various parts of our country, Ethiopia,” the Synod said in the statement.

Therefore, the Holy Synod once again called on the federal and regional governments, as well as all Ethiopians who are involved in the conflict to play their part in solving the problem through dialogue and agreement so that the peace and unity of the motherland, Ethiopia, will be preserved.

The Holy Synod at length made official the decision  that all Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Churches all over the world conduct prayers for peace of the nation and unity of churches. The joint prayers are said to be from November 15, 2023 up to January 06, 2024, according to the Holy Synod of EOTC. 

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  1. Let there be long prayers for peace and unity among fellow Ethiopian brothers and sisters for healing

    The word “church” encompasses more than just the hallowed sanctuary, the Patriarch’s residence, or even the entire archbishops. It represents the whole Christian community as well. The term “church” refers to the Christian congregation and assembly as a whole, not only the sacred building or yard where they meet and worship. The Holy Bible provides the following examples:

    16:18 in Matthew “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” Jesus places more emphasis on the people in this passage (“my church”) than on a building.

    “Now you are the body of Christ, and each of you is a part of it,” says 1 Corinthians 12:27. This verse emphasizes the people rather than a particular location by describing the church as a group of believers.
    Acts 8:3 reveals that Saul started destroying the church. He hauled off men and women and imprisoned them, going from house to house.” This verse emphasizes the dynamic nature of the assembly by describing the church as something that travels from one house to another.
    verse 5 of Romans 16:5 “Greet also the church that meets at their house.” Here, the term “church” refers to a congregation of Christians meeting in a specific home, highlighting the assembly of believers as opposed to a formal place of worship.

    It is about the people who were brainwashed and participated in any of those deadly atrocities, including the displacement of their neighbors and members of vulnerable ethnic groups. It is not just about the leaders of the church or the political party. These churches, whether protestant, orthodox, or any other type of religious institution, are home to both the preachers of hate speech and the politicians and elites who gave the order to persecute fellow Ethiopians. Therefore, it is crucial to instill in others the value of upholding their religious convictions and preventing conflicts with other Ethiopians. In some areas of Ethiopia, this is a tried-and-true method of rapprochement that mends rifts and brings people together for so many years, including other countries in Africa.

    It is crucial to inform the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo church of their shared identity as members of the body of Christ, the head of the church, and to facilitate their spiritual, emotional, and psychological reconciliation. Ethiopians with diverse ethnic backgrounds, as well as differing political and personal ideologies, all belong to the church and simultaneously join communal religious services. 12:27 in 1 Corinthians says, “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” Since all Ethiopians belong to a religious community regardless of its size, tenets, or level of impact on Ethiopian national issues, other religious communities and leaders may need to follow suit when Ethiopian Orthodox church officials perform this holy work. Respect is a must for everyone, except for Satanism. The mending of the social fabric and reconciliation with Ethiopians of all ethnic and political backgrounds will probably be achieved if all churches and religious leaders carry out the same holy work. Let everyone cross their fingers for the accomplishment of the holy task.

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