Church and State in Ethiopia. May 2012 Anne Marie Stoner-Eby, Ph.D. Scott Stoner-Eby, Ph.D. IDSC 260: Cross-Cultural Studies . What are you looking for?.
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Anne Marie Stoner-Eby, Ph.D.
Scott Stoner-Eby, Ph.D.
IDSC 260: Cross-Cultural Studies
This cross-cultural is designed for those students looking for a powerful experience that will nurture significant relationships and profound learning.
This cross-cultural offers the opportunity to develop close relationships with Ethiopian evangelical college students and connect in a personal way with our global church.
For the three weeks of the course, Messiah students will room with Ethiopian evangelical students and experience the entire course with them -- including lectures, visits to historic sites, and in-country travel.
The course will begin and
end at MesereteKristos
College in DebreZeyit,
which is ½ hour from the
capital of Addis Ababa.
Students will also spend a
week in Addis Ababa and a
week travelling to the
Historic North to visit
Aksum, Lalibela (near Dese),
With over 200,000 members, the Meserete
Kristos Church (MKC) is one of the largest
Mennonite churches in the global Mennonite
fellowship (only the U.S. and the Congo have
more members). Mennonite missionaries
arrived from Pennsylvania in 1948 and quickly established medical and educational programs. A church also began to develop which was soon led by Ethiopians.
When the church was forced underground in the years after the Communist revolution in 1974, it had 5,000 members. After the Communist regime fell in 1991, the church had 34,000 members with 50,000 just three years later!
This vibrant evangelical church has
continued to grow with a current
growth rate of 37%.
MesreteKristos College was founded in
1994 by the evangelical MesereteKristos
Church (MKC) to meet the needs of its rapidly growing
churches and their ministries. It began in the capital
city of Addis Ababa, moving to a new campus in the nearby
town of Debra Zeyit in 2007.
The campus is located between a seasonal lake and a volcanic crater lake
with majestic Mt. Yerer in the distance.
King Azana of Aksum converted to Christianity in 330 AD – long before most of the kings of northern Europe!
This stone-carved text describes his
conversion, which like the Roman
Emperor Constantine who converted around
the same time, involved victory in battle.
Azana’s coins reflect his conversion:
pre-Christian symbols before, crosses
Sodere: Its large pool contains warm water fed by a natural hot springs -- it’s also a favorite hang-out for monkeys!
Mount Zuquala: At its top are a monastery and a crater lake.
As one of the world’s most distinctive cuisines,
Ethiopian restaurants are now found in most
major cities, even Lancaster, PA!
Like Indian food, it uses a combination
of spices -- both mild and spicy – to
produce flavorful stews called wat.
It is eaten with a distinctive, spongy, flat bread
called injera, made from an extremely fine grain
called teft, historically grown only in Ethiopia.
All dishes are shared in a common round tray, traditionally eaten in a round basket table called a messab.
I was born in Ethiopia at the Mennonite Mission Hospital, and although my parents left when I was one-and-a-half, they later returned to Ethiopia, living in Addis Ababa for almost five years when I was 9-14 years old. Because of my family connections to Mennonites in Ethiopia, the President of MK College, NegashKebede is an old family friend. I have many fond memories of my childhood years in Ethiopia; although I was also aware that it was a time of great hardship for many Ethiopian people since they were living under the brutal regime of the Communist dictator, Col. Mengistu.
Professionally, my academic specialty is missions and Christianity in Africa, and I am beginning a new project on the history of Mennonite missions in Ethiopia and Tanzania. So, both personally and professionally, I am excited about helping students connect, in Ethiopia, with the global Christian church!
Ancient Christian history still living in the Orthodox Church.
Christian kingdom that survived for 1600 years producing world famous architecture and art.
Vibrant Evangelical church history with churches growing underground during the Communist dictatorship.
Only one of two countries to remain independent during the European colonial period in Africa, now the headquarters of the African Union.
Addis Ababa, built amongst hills covered with eucalyptus trees, is currently experiencing a building-boom.
World-renowned, flavorful cuisine.
Diverse and unique geography of highlands and lowlands, with extinct volcanoes and hot springs.