Former Ethiopian PM speaking in GR 9/30

Passing along to my fellow fans of Ethiopa. Kristi and I are going to try to attend.


Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Tamrat Layne Wednesday

September 30 7:30 pm

Calvin College – Gezon Auditorium

Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Tamrat Layne, will speak at Calvin on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. on Transformation in Jesus. The event will take place on the Calvin College campus in the Gezon Auditorium.

Layne was one of the founding members of the former Ethiopian Peoples Democratic Movement (EPDM) [now the Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM)]. As a leader in the organization, he was an active participant in the seventeen years of rebellion prior to their overthrow of the socialist military dictatorship in Ethiopia, when he became deputy prime minister. But in 1996, he was arrested, charged, and convicted of corruption and abuse of power.

Layne served twelve years in prison in Ethiopia, and was recently released six years before completing his 18 year sentence. While incarcerated, Tamrat Layne became deeply religious, converting to Christianity in 2001. In an interview with Addis Fortune after his release on December 19, 2008, he said, “I am a man of God. I’ve no desire to engage in personal or party politics. I would like to preach faith, peace and love.”

The lecture is free and open to the public.For more information, please contact Todd Cioffi, 616-526-7797.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Henry Institute, the Calvin College President’s Office, the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity, and the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.

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