CURA: The Ethiopian Orthodox Church: A Conservative Institution in the Midst of Political Change

  • Starts: 12:45 pm on Friday, October 23, 2020
  • Ends: 2:15 pm on Friday, October 23, 2020
CURA Colloquium with Tim Longman, Director of CURA, and Birhanesmeskel Mulaw, Masters Student, Political Science This paper explores how the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC) has reacted to the massive political changes that have transformed Ethiopia over the past 40 years. Historically very closely tied to the state, the EOC first faced the Derg, a Marxist-Leninist military movement that overthrew the monarchy in 1974 and promoted an officially atheist policy. When the EPRDF government that took power in 1991, they implemented a system supporting religious pluralism. Popular protests led to another transition in 2018 that brought a Protestant leader, Abiy Ahmed, to power as prime minister. Given its historically very conservative nature and close relationship with political authorities, how has the EOC reacted to these changes that have challenged its dominant political and social role? Email for a copy of this paper. Reading the paper in advance is required for attendance. Co-sponsored with School of Theology
Meeting ID: 978 5810 4239 Passcode: 599536

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