Inter-Religious Council of Ethiopia (IRCE) has been established by full consensus and collaboration of various religious institutions in 2010. The history of working together and tolerance among various religious institutions go back to the time of the first Muslim refugees from Mecca to Ethiopia. These collaboration and tolerance has become the cornerstone to establish IRCE.
IRCE aims to promote and systematize interfaith learning collaboration to address common concerns. IRCE targets in bringing religious leaders and institutions of various faiths at national and regional levels to identify potential on building trust and relationship among the various religious communities. Through IRCE, faith based originations (FBOs) religious institutions and leadership are more organized and united to mobilize over the dominant followers of various religious institutions of Ethiopian people residing in all corners of the country.
Currently, the council has seven member religious institutions, namely: the Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC), Ethiopian Islamic Affairs Supreme Council (EIASC), the Ethiopian Catholic Church (ECC), The Evangelical Churches Fellowship of Ethiopia (ECFE), The Ethiopian Seventh Day Adventist Church (SDAC), The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) and Ethiopian Kale Hiwot churches (EKHC).
IRCE is establishing sub councils in all of the regions and two administrative cities, and it is in the process of cascading its structure to the Woreda level. The council has organized several national and regional consultative and experience sharing workshops, TOTs, and dialogue forums with the participation of more than 7000 religious leaders and FBO technical staffs, government bodies and other stakeholders in different issues.
From these workshops, IRCE has got different inputs for its implementation program. For instance, the awareness of the people have increased, religious leaders decided not to duplicate efforts, they have shown keen interest to teach peace education besides the spiritual preaching on monthly basis.
Moreover, the council has prepared, printed and distributed the peace building teaching book to all member institutions, regional branch offices and to those it might concern them. Numerous TOTs has also been organized based on the book. The dialogue workshops have been completed with joint declaration statements made by participating religious institutions. Religious leaders have also reached consensus to communicate the position statements with their respective constituents.
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