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Adane Dechassa

  • Christianity
  • Ethiopia
  • Male
  • Ethiopia
  • East Africa
  • KAICIID Fellows

Biography Narrative

Deputy Director for Peace-building Department, Inter-religious Council of Ethiopia

Adane Dechassa Teshale is an ambassador for peace and part-time instructor in Ethiopia. He is attending the MA program in anaging peace and security in Addis Ababa University, Institute for Peace and Security Studies and is also serving teaching and preaching the in Meserete Kirstos Church, the largest Mennonites Sister Church in Africa, and in other Evangelical Churches in the country. He has a  BA from Meserete Kirstos College in peace and conflict resolution and earned an MA from the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology in biblical and theological studies in 2016. He is working toward an additional MA in leadership and management. He also has various certificates in the areas of transformational leadership, conflict transformation, peacebuilding, restorative justice, mediation and dialogue.

His passion for peacebuilding and conflict transformation brought him to lead the the Inter-Religious Council of Addis Ababa as executive director from 2013 to 2015, and later to the Inter-Religious Council of Ethiopia as the coordinator of Peace Building Department since 2016. Adane facilitates effectively dialogues and peacebuilding workshops throughout the country. He teaches publicly about peacebuilding, tolerance, coexistence, common values and the golden rules for interfaith leaders and authors articles and training manuals.

Interreligious Activities and Initiatives

Promoting IRD for Religious Leaders and Government Officials in Ethiopia

The concept of Interreligious dialogue is very important for diversified Ethiopia and its nations for peaceful coexistence. The vision of Interreligious Council of Ethiopia is to see the religious comminutes and their institutions in Ethiopia stand together for peace, justice, human dignity, mutual respect, tolerance, religious freedom, and development to promote peaceful coexistence and collaborations among member religious institutions and communities in Ethiopia. To Achieve this goal, interreligious dialogue is necessary and cornerstone. The Members of Interreligious Council of Ethiopia are working together based on common values, and the idea of IRD is not promoted well. The IRD promotion workshop takes place in late June 2018 with the participants of 51 religious leaders of the seven member institutions and 14 Government representatives. On the workshop of the first-day participants learn about the meanings, principles, and functions of IRD. The next day, group exercises and feedbacks will be facilitated.

All participants will be encouraged and asked to take the idea of the IRD to their religious institutions and to give the training for target groups in their community and finally, IRD will be promoted in all religious institutions and in the community in a better way.