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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 research@eotcmk.org.

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

About Mahibere Kidusan


In 1977 E.C (Ethiopian Calendar) few students of higher education initiated the youth in the compass to become members of Sunday school and know the teachings of the churches. Later, this effort had been strengthened by students trained in the Zeaway Hamere Berehan St.Gebreil Clergy Training Monastery by the Then Arch Bishop of Shewa Abune Gorgorious II.

The movements continued in Bilatie military camp that brought all students of higher institutions in the country in 1983 E.C after a year, with the blessing of the church fathers the associations was set up by the name “Mahibre Kidusan” under the Sunday School Department of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. Since then the associations has been proving spiritual service.


The association was named Mahibre Kidusan (an association in the name of Saints) Saints would be commemorated in that they abounded the secular world and sacrificed their lives to the orthodox belief for whom the prophets prophesized and apostles evangelized.


  • To organize the youth, who are the children of the church, in higher education under the association and provide them with the teachings of the church.

  • To expand evangelism with various means (ministry, publication, audio and video recordings) in cooperation with the pertinent church bodies.

  • To prepare conditions that enable the educated section of the society support the Orthodox Church with his/her knowledge and assets.

  • To enable the members of the association render free and humanitarian service.

  • To preserve the generation of the dignity and fame of the church fathers.


To keep the youth in higher institutions who baptized and become children of the Holy Spirit from heretics who use various means to trap and deviate to their belief.

To design favorable means for students of higher institutions to know and preserve as well as pass to the next generation the canon and tradition of the church passed on to them by forefathers of the church.

To enable the youth overcome the social problems up on graduation and in serving their country and the church with their profession. To follow up the youth’s adherence and practice of the orthodox belief.


The association shall not interfere in administrative affairs of the church and it is free from and political affiliation.


  1. Disciples who trained in various training institution of the church and providing ministerial activity.
  2. Higher institution students attending Sunday in their respective parishes.
  3. Member of Sunday school or/and parish that provide spiritual service after graduating from higher institution.
  4. The laity who support the objective of the association with their knowledge, money and labor.


Mahiber Kidusan is set under the Sunday School department of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. It provides spiritual services by its sub centers in the dioceses all over the country and in the Diaspora.