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Eritrean Orthodox Church Hosts World Council of Churches (WCC) Delegation

“Visit aimed at reviewing the situation within the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church and strengthening the relationship that has been loosened over the past several years.”

A delegation from the World Council of Churches (WCC) paid a week long historic solidarity visit to the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church. (Photo: Peter Kenny/WCC)

BY WCC

A delegation from the World Council of Churches (WCC) concluded a solidarity visit to the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church, one of Africa’s oldest Christian churches dating back to the year AD 329.

It was the first such visit in more than 10 years and the WCC left with a pledge to pray and work for peace between Eritrea and its neighbor Ethiopia as they attempt to resolve a border dispute. Continue reading Eritrean Orthodox Church Hosts World Council of Churches (WCC) Delegation

Can Muslims and Christians Coexist in Peace?

Christians and Moslems in Eritrea are invariably pious. They coexist peacefully for more than 2000 years. Eritrea’s culture of religious tolerance is sacrosanct. (Photo: Eric Lafforgue)

By Thomas C. Mountain,

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a place in the world where Muslims and Christians live in peace? Where their children play together, their families eat together, Christians visiting their Muslim neighbors at Eid, Muslims going to eat next door at Easter?

Where a Christian girl can marry a Muslim boy without any real commotion within families?

Where Muslims and Christians dance together while celebrating weddings and holidays, old and young, rich and poor, different tribes and languages and all this peacefully? Continue reading Can Muslims and Christians Coexist in Peace?

Saudi Arabia and Its Allies Starts Bombing Yemen

The military strikes were started after an “appeal” from Yemen’s President Abdurabuh Mansur Hadi. (Getty Images – archive)

By Russia Today (RT),

SAUDI Arabian forces, joined by nine other countries, have launched a military operation in Yemen against Shiite Houthi rebels, the Saudi ambassador to the US said. The offensive, which started with airstrikes, will also involve “other military assets.”

According to Ambassador Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, the military operation in Yemen started at 7 p.m. EST (11 p.m. GMT). The US is not participating in the operation, the envoy stressed.  Continue reading Saudi Arabia and Its Allies Starts Bombing Yemen

Meet in the Place of the Holy Mystery: Stepping into an Ancient Religious Tradition through the Doorway of the Eritrean Orthodox Church

Reflections on a visit to an Eritrean Orthodox Church in Oakland, U.S.A. Dating back to the 9th century BC, Ge’ez is an extinct language that is used only in the liturgy of the Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox churches.

By Dr. Samuel Mahaffy,

THE invitation to “meet to communicate in the place of the holy mystery” came in the form of a chant in the ancient language of Ge’ez. In the heart of the City of Oakland, California, I am invited to worship in a church tradition as ancient as the Kingdom of Aksum and the legendary ‘wise man from the East’ who bore frankincense to testify to the birth of the Christ child in Bethlehem.

My journey to the Oakland Eritrean Orthodox Church extends the warm welcome I received at the Western US. Eritrean Festival where I was an invited speaker and happy celebrant of the rich culture and traditions of the people of Eritrea. In the small entry room to the sanctuary, I slip off my shoes and place them in a plastic bag handed to me by the respected elder in this community who graciously invited me.  Continue reading Meet in the Place of the Holy Mystery: Stepping into an Ancient Religious Tradition through the Doorway of the Eritrean Orthodox Church

Eritrea: The Little-told Story of Religious Co-Existence

The Eritrean people have a noble culture of religious tolerance. They have worked very hard to preserve their religious harmony and union, and co-existed in an exemplary way for more than 2000 years.

By Dr. Samuel Mahaffy,

In the capital city of Asmara, Eritrea, an Orthodox Christian Church and a Muslim Mosque stand within a stone-throw distance of each other. But, there are no stones being thrown. The story of the peaceful co-existence of the religions of Islam and Christianity in the Country of Eritrea is an informative story seldom told.

The invisiblization of Eritrea in western media sadly leaves untold an account of a country in the Horn of Africa where the two religions have an ancient history of interacting with respect for their differences. Especially, as conflicts between fundamentalists of both faiths flair around the world, the situation in Eritrea is significant for both the peace building and interfaith communities.  Continue reading Eritrea: The Little-told Story of Religious Co-Existence