Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Gifts PM Browne With Painting During Courtesy Call

The St. Mary of Zion Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, situated in Bendals Village, made its first official courtesy call on Prime Minister Gaston Browne on Monday.  The purpose of the meeting was for their delegation to officially introduce their institution to the Prime Minister.
During the meeting, the Church group used the opportunity to engage PM Browne on several subject matters including, the official recognition of their Church as a founding and active member of the World Council of Churches and by extension active members of the Caribbean Council of Churches and the Antigua and Barbuda Christian Council.
The group also spoke on the possibilities of visa-free travel between Antigua and Barbuda and Ethiopia to further develop and enhance spiritual and cultural exchanges and economic trade.
In accepting the painting, PM Browne enquired about the foundation of the church.  In return, their members related the history of what they have described as the Ancient Christian Faith of Ethiopia and the history of the establishment of the St. Mary of Zion Parish Church and the Diocese of Antigua and Barbuda, within the Archdiocese of the Caribbean and Latin America.
PM Browne thanked the clergymen for their visit and recommend that they engage the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in regards to increased relations with Ethiopia.

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  1. This is an ancient church in Ethiopia, and is NOT a Rasta organization. They do NOT use the herb as a sacrament. They are totally different from Rastafarianism…two very different religions, in case anybody is confused about them. They are solidly Christian.

    • Yes. Good to see it’s ETHIOPIA too. They certainly know that the LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH is Jesus Christ.

      Lovely painting gifted to the PM.

      • YES, they know and teach that the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah” is our Lord JESUS Christ, and non other. Haile Selassie was a member of this ancient CHRISTian church, and most of his family still is. Welcome to Antigua.

  2. Rastafarianism is not a religion. Rastafari is suppose to be a way of life.

    Ethiopian Orthodox is not special its just another option for persons who believe things that is not in their experience as the only truth.

    The enemy reinvents itself in many ways to capture varied section of societies with different ideologies. At the end of the day whether Adventist, Jehovah Witness, Anglican, Catholic, or Baptiste if they are using the same book how could they consider themselves special?

    • Ethiopian Orthodox was the religion of which Haile Sellasie was a member, and his family continues to be. It is a Christian church. They do not smoke the herb.

  3. Antigua is a democratic country which allows freedom of speech, freedom of religion etc… That is good! However, with all these new religions incorporating into culture, I wonder if it would really have a positive impact on the natives….. The more diversity of faiths / religions can lead to a window of conflicts.

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