Expressions of African Values

Expressions of African Values: An Ethiopian Theological Reflection

African virtues are usually manifest in three forms: relationship with God, relationship among
humans, and relationship with nature. Ethiopia, with almost two millennia of Christian
history, has had ample time to develop local African values along these three forms. Hence, a
study of African values manifest in contemporary Ethiopian Christianity would reveal a wide
range of forms and adaptations.
The major goal of this project is to conduct an exhaustive survey of the three forms of African
values (relationships with God, humans, and nature) among contemporary Ethiopian
Christians (Eastern Orthodox, Protestant, Catholic). By using data from this survey, project
team members then plan to undertake a theological reflection on the expressions of these
Christian African values and assess its implication on the larger discussion of human
character formation.

Principal Investigator: Br. Daniel Assefa, Director of Capuchin Franciscan Research and
Retreat Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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