Our Story

How do you see others?

The way we see others produces the society we see. If we see others as cheap, we accept poverty. If we see others as worthless, we perpetrate violence. But if we see others as precious, we will and work for our shared wellbeing.

Since launching in November 2019, we’ve hosted over 30 events, built a network with hundreds of leaders, inspired thousands of people to sign our Covenant, and reached almost ten million people on social media. Our passion is to energize the next steps of the Neighbor-Love Movement for all people at home and across the world. Our work has been recognized by the U.S Embassy in Ethiopia, the European Institute of Peace, Bank of America, and other partners.

“This could not be more important work. You should go with full force.”

 
Dr. Daniel Bekele,
Chief Commissioner of the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission

“This is as timely and important as it gets.”


Dr. Gedion Timothewos,

Attorney General
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

“I can’t think of anything more important in today’s Ethiopia.”


Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin,

Founder of the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange and blueMoon

Our Honorary Founders

The Neighbor-Love Movement was born out of Dr. Andrew DeCort’s PhD studies in Ethics at the University of Chicago and his life-changing encounters with three vulnerable youth in Ethiopia: Wudenesh, Eyob, and Ferdosa.

With Wudenesh, we discovered the power of moving our feet toward others and building practical relationships of neighbor-love.
With Eyob, we discovered the power of seeing a boy in suffering as our neighbor rather than a stranger and fighting for his health.
With Ferdosa, we discovered the power of calling young people to love their enemies across boundaries of religion, ethnicity, and politics.

These honorary founders ensure that our movement will always focus on the poor, hated, and forgotten.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Andrew DeCort
Dr. Andrew DeCortFounding Director

Dr. Andrew DeCort is the founder of the Neighbor-Love Movement. Andrew holds a PhD in Religious and Political Ethics from the University of Chicago. He has served as a lecturer in Ethics at Wheaton College (USA), the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology (Ethiopia), and the University of Bonn (Germany). Andrew is passionate about sacred presence, rigorous learning, and practical service. He is married to Lily Atlaw DeCort and the author of Bonhoeffer’s New Beginning: Ethics after Devastation (Fortress Academic, 2018). Follow his weekly newsletter Stop & Think. Email him at andrew@nlmglobal.org.

Dr. Tekalign Nega
Dr. Tekalign NegaCo-Director

Dr. Tekalign Nega holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from Tilburg University (Netherlands) and was a 2019 SUSI Fellow on Religious Pluralism in the United States at the Dialogue Institute, Temple University. He holds graduate degrees in Accounting, Counseling Psychology, and Theology. Dr. Tekalign is a sought-after speaker (see his interview on the Selome Show) and serves as Assistant Professor at Addis Ababa University and lecturer at the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology. He is married to Tehitena Mesfin with one son and the author of My Neighbor (Rohobot, 2020) and The Prosperity Gospel: Turning a House of Prayer into a House of Merchandise (Rohobot, 2017). Email him at tekalignnega@gmail.com.

Fitsum Admasu
Fitsum AdmasuMedia Director
Fitsum Admasu is a self-taught creative director and designer, living and working in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He has over 7 years of experience in graphics design, web development, and video production. He is the co-founder and creative director of Firma, a media and communications firm based in Addis Ababa. Fitsum is passionate about social justice projects that bring untold stories to life and has led many successful campaigns such as Daily Injera.
Lily DeCort
Lily DeCortStrategic Advisor
Lily serves as NLM's Strategic Advisor on culture and hospitality. She is a passionate skincare professional and baker with a gift for making everyone feel welcome and valuable.
Eric Hoskins
Eric HoskinsPartnership Developer
Eric Hoskins holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Wheaton College, where he also explored his academic interests in Environmental Justice, Race, Gender, Community Art, and Urban Studies. Eric first visited Ethiopia on a scholarship in the Summer of 2018. In November 2019, Eric returned to intern and serve as NLM's Partnership Developer. Eric is passionate about creative language, radical empathy, and hospitable pedagogy. Email him at ericj.hoskins@gmail.com.