Ecumenical Institute at Bossey

The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey is the international centre for encounter, dialogue and formation of the World Council of Churches. Founded in 1946, the Institute brings together people from diverse churches, cultures and backgrounds for ecumenical learning, academic study and personal exchange.

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Bossey’s ministry continues, now inviting applications for 2018-19

Bossey’s ministry continues, now inviting applications for 2018-19

Student reads on the lawn, at the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

09 November 2017

With deadline on 30 November, the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey now invites applications for the study year of 2018-19.

“As long as we remain united in one heart and mind and walk and serve together in the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, we will be strong and our institute will continue its valuable ministry,” says Fr Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, World Council of Churches deputy general secretary and director of the Ecumenical Institute at Château de Bossey, in the recently released 2017 issue of Beyond Boundaries.

The newsletter, which portrays the life and work of the Ecumenical Institute at Château de Bossey, highlights among other things a recent visit to Rome with an exposure to the Roman Catholic Church and an audience with Pope Francis in Rome, the successful defence of several doctoral theses produced by Bossey students, and the Institute’s continued engagement with ecumenical and inter-religious partners in Switzerland and around the world.

The Ecumenical Institute offers three study programmes with certificates from the University of Geneva. The courses offer basic knowledge of the history of the modern ecumenical movement and insights into contemporary key issues in the ecumenical work. But the concept of these programmes goes beyond academic learning and is based on life in an ecumenical community.

”Having seen many generations of students return to their home contexts enriched by their studies and experiences from Bossey, we hope that our work can continue to give the theological foundations to build new bridges among people of faith around the world. This is not always a fast-moving process, but one we believe is deeply valuable,” reflects Rev. Dr Dagmar Heller, the academic dean of the Institute.

“As we now call for student applications for the year of 2018-19, we look forward to seeing a well-balanced group of women and men from diverse Christian traditions and different parts of the world that are curious and open to learn from one another,” says Bossey professor Rev. Fr Dr Lawrence Iwuamadi. “We hope that at the end they can contribute in addressing the challenging issues facing churches around the world.”

Applications for the study year of 2018-19 are open until 30 November 2017.

Application guidelines for the Ecumenical Institute

Beyond Boundaries – Ecumenical Institute newsletter of October 2017

Ecumenical Institute at Château de Bossey