Mahibere Kidusan Research Center


The 3nd International Conference on

“Ethiopian Church Studies”



This is the third International conference organized by Mahbere Kidusan Research Center under the theme “The Ethiopian Church and Nation Building”. The conference will be held at the Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ARCCH) – meeting hall, Addis Ababa, from September 20-21, 2019.

Keynote Speakers

Her Excellency Ambassador Alemtsehay Meseret– Ambassador of Ethiopia to Uganda

Prof. Tilahun Teshome – Professor of Law, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Prof. Endeshaw Bekele— Professor of  Genetics, Department of Biology Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Suggested Topics

The conference will focus on, but not limited to, the following topics in relation to the role of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Nation Building:

  • Church education as a key to nation building
  • Nationalism and the unifying role of the Church
  • The Ethiopian Church in the time of national crisis
  • Power legitimacy and the Ethiopian Church
  • The Ethiopian Church and moral foundations of the state
  • The place of the Church in national consensus & reconciliation
  • The Ethiopian Church and socio-economic transformation
  • Church and politics in the contemporary Ethiopia
  • National symbols and the Ethiopian Church
  • Church as a bridge between state and society

Call for Abstracts

The conference organizers kindly invite scholars to submit an abstract of not more than 450 words for full paper presentation. Paper presenters will be selected on the basis of the merits of the work of the submitted abstracts. Submissions should be accompanied by the presenter’s name and affiliation, a short (one page) CV and contact details. The accepted abstracts will be published in a booklet. Paper presenters are encouraged to submit their revised paper to the “Journal of Ethiopian Church Studies”. Abstracts and accompanied documents shall be submitted through the email address

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: 15 August 2019

Notification of acceptance: 30 August 2019

Conference Date: 20-21 September 2019


The conference will be both in English and Amharic languages. Hence, authors are free to submit articles in either language.

Organizing Committee

  • Fr. Dr. Mengistu Gobezie – Chair
  • Fr. Dr. Amsalu Tefera– V/Chair
  • Dr. Yohannes Adgeh – Secretary
  • Dr. Firehiwot Bayu – Member
  • Dr. Sosina Mengistu – Member
  • Dr. Yonas Ashine – Member
  • Dr. Zerayehu Sime – Member