Protestant churches in Ethiopia receive committee to resolve internal issues


In the footsteps of his subtle intervention in making peace in the Ethiopian Church and in the case of Ethiopian Muslims, Abiy Ahmed is working on the reconciliation of the Protestant churches of Ethiopia

Ethiopian Protestant Churches _ Abiy Ahmed
Abiy Ahmed during a discussion with Protestant leaders on June 20, 2019. Photo credit: OPM

June 20, 2019

The Ethiopian prime minister's office revealed today that the prime minister held a discussion in his cabinet with 400 Protestant church leaders.

Based on the revelation of his office, the meeting is like one of those meetings he had with religious leaders, teachers, artists, health professionals and legal professionals, among others.

The meeting is informed by the goal of resolving internal disputes within the Protestant community. In this regard, the prime minister recommended the formation of a 15-member committee to resolve 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 the Tewahdo Ethiopian Orthodox Church. And he was successful in both efforts.

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

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 leaders that they need to be a model to their followers and fulfill their responsibility in solving problems that Ethiopia is facing.

The country has faced ethnic violence that has led to the displacement of more than three million people and the deaths of hundreds of civilians.

The participants in the discussion raised issues of concern for them, including bureaucratic issues that they say are occurring in the process of obtaining and renewing the license. They also raised questions about what they called intervention in the affairs of their faith.

The first Protestant churches were established in Ethiopia in 1951 and the first group of Protestant missionaries in Ethiopia were from Finland and Sweden.

It is said that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is a follower of a Protestant church. His predecessor, Hailemariam Desalegne, was also a follower of the Protestant church.

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