Wednesday, November 4 – WASHINGTON, DC
Washington D.C., Dulles International Airport on board Ethiopian Airlines.
We enjoy lunch and dinner on board.
Thursday, November 5 – ADDIS ABABA
We Arrive in Addis Ababa
in the morning and be met by our representative. Enjoy a panoramic
tour of Addis Ababa with a stop at St. George's Cathedral and Museum
and at a Liturgical garment shop. The Ethiopian population is about 85
million: 50% Orthodox Christians, 20% Protestants and Catholics, 30%
Muslims and Others. Because of its indigenous character and legacy of
the Abyssinian Empire, Ethiopia and its capital have long been a source
of pride for the Pan-African movement. The city is home to 3.5 million
people, the secretariat of the African Union and the United Nations
Economic Commission for Africa, as well as many UN organizations and
NGOs. The city has several parks and museums, with a mix of older
buildings such as the railroad station and many contemporary buildings
surrounded by mountains. Evening: Welcome reception and a light dinner.
Friday, November 6 – ADDIS/LALIBELA
This morning we transfer
to the airport for our flight to Lalibella, described as the eighth wonder of
the world and considered one of the holiest cities in Ethiopia, for two days
of touring and meeting locals. Enjoy greetings by a local dignitary and a
light dinner. Dinner and overnight in Addis. (B, D)
Saturday, November 7 – LALIBELA
Lalibela is on the UNESCO list
of World Heritage sites. We start our exploration with the twelve majestic
rock-hewn churches, beginning with the breathtaking Bette Giorgis
church, carved in the shape of a cross and set apart from the other church
groupings. Included among the other churches there are Bete Medhane
Alem, Bete Mariam, Bete Maskal, Bete Danaghel, Bete Golgotha and Bete
Mikael. Dinner and overnight in Lalibela. (B, D)
Sunday, November 8 – LALIBELA/AXUM
Transfer to the airport
for the flight to Axum. Axum is the primary historical site in the North
of Ethiopia. The city tour of Axum includes the Stele Park, St. Mary's
Church, the Sanctuary Chapel ( which is the repository of the Ark of the
Covenant), the Coronation Yard, Queen of Sheba's palace ruins, Axum
Museum to view its impressive array of regional crafts - some dating
back more than 2,000 years - and the quarry where the steles used to
be made. Explore the Archeological Museum with its impressive array
of regional artifacts dating back more than 2,000 years. This ancient
city was once the center of the Axumite Kingdom with its zenith in the
centuries just after the birth of Jesus Christ. Christianity traces its roots in
this location to early in the 4th century. Today we will attend a service with
our local brothers and sisters. (B, D)
Monday, November 9 – a.m.
After breakfast we transfer to the
airport for our flight to Addis. Upon arrival we will transfer to the hotel
to check in, rest, have lunch and prepare for the afternoon session.
OPENING OF CONFERENCE, INTRODUCTION OF THE
ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (TONY BROWDER) AND
1. African Biblical Roots of the Old Testament2. African Biblical Roots of the New Testament3. Ethiopia in the Old and New Testament, History and Prophecy
After the conference dinner will be served at the hotel.
Tuesday, November 10 – a.m.
After breakfast the entire day will be
dedicated to the conference. Breaks will take place appropriately. After the
conference dinner will be served at the hotel.
1. Basic Scriptural Focus on the Hametic Ancestries2. Ancient Wisdom of the Oneness Lifeforce3. The Rise and Work of a Cultural Evangelist4. When we were Goddesses – Roles of Women in Religion
Lunch on your own
5. Geological Influences on the Racial Appearance of Bible Groups &
Individuals6. The Blue and the White Nile Influences on Ethiopia, Kush and Egypt7. An Introduction to Ethiopian Languages and culture
Wednesday, November 11 – a.m.
Breakfast Field Trip. Our
first stop will be at the Ethnographic Museum within the Addis Ababa
University. After the museum, visit the campus, and the classrooms,
then meet with some of the faculty. Visit the Mercato for an Ethiopian
experience. Visit Mount Entoto for a panoramic view of Addis Ababa,
then continue to the National Museum to view some of the most exciting
African art and historical artifacts.
Lunch on your own. Conference sessions will resume after lunch.
1. The Impact of Biblical African Roots on the Church today2. Ethiopianism and Pam Africanism – Common Roots3. Panel discussion and Q&A's
Closing ceremony includes a light dinner before transfer to the airport for
Those taking any of the extensions will overnight in Addis Ababa
Thursday, November 12 - ADDIS ABABA/HOME
in the USA in the morning in time to make our homebound connections.
Ethiopia will be with us forever.