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

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

WCC develops links with University of Religions and Denominations in Iran

WCC develops links with University of Religions and Denominations in Iran

Relations between the WCC and the Centre for Interreligious Dialogue in Tehran go back more than 20 years. One recent fruit of this relationship has been the developing links between the WCC and the University of Religions and Denominations in the Iranian holy city of Qom.

WCC commission reflects on challenges of ecumenical formation

WCC commission reflects on challenges of ecumenical formation

“Ecumenism without youth is ecumenism without a future”, said Prof. Dr Esther Mombo at the opening of the annual meeting of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission on Education and Ecumenical Formation (CEEF), being held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 9-13 October.

Young people explore multi-cultural, multi-faith world at Bossey

Young people explore multi-cultural, multi-faith world at Bossey

“Put your preconceived ideas about young people aside. Listen to them and hear what they are saying to you!” Michal Szymanczak of the World YMCA presented findings of a YMCA study, “One Million Voices” to participants at a seminar, "Sharing the faith in a multi-cultural and multi-faith world,” held at the World Council of Churches (WCC) Bossey Ecumenical Institute.

WCC students study what makes a peace communicator

WCC students study what makes a peace communicator

Last week, young Jewish, Muslim and Christian students learned about communication and peacebuilding during a workshop at the Ecumenical Centre, all with the hope of serving as peacemakers in their own contexts. The session was led by Marianne Ejdersten, director of WCC Communication.

Bossey students speak as one on fostering peace

Bossey students speak as one on fostering peace

As young people earned an interreligious studies certificate at the World Council of Churches Bossey Institute, they completed their three-week course with unified thoughts on promoting peace. In a communique issued on 13 July, they identified themselves as Jews, Christians and Muslims - children of Abraham - with a unique openness.

Muslim scholar from Iran grateful for interfaith experience

Muslim scholar from Iran grateful for interfaith experience

For Dr Vahid Sohrabifar from Iran’s city of Qom, attending the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Interreligious Studies at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey was inspiring due to the diversity he encountered on the course.

Nigerian breaks down stereotypes on Muslims

Nigerian breaks down stereotypes on Muslims

For Nigerian Nwankpa Kenneth Chinedu, attending a course on peacebuilding in Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Geneva opened his eyes and helped eliminate stereotypes and myths he had built in his mind about Muslims.

Finnish justice advocate learns from daily living at Bossey

Finnish justice advocate learns from daily living at Bossey

Katariina Väisänen from Finland is used to ecumenical experiences, but was pleased at a course on peacebuilding in Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Geneva on how much she could share with her fellow participants due to their common humanity.

Christian Conference of Asia explores “our common journey”

Christian Conference of Asia explores “our common journey”

The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), on 11-12 July, held an international consultation on “Towards Revitalising the Ecumenical Movement in Asia.” The gathering of 60 church and ecumenical leaders was organised by the CCA at its headquarters in Chiang Mai, Thailand as a prelude to its Diamond Jubilee celebration.

Missional formation for new contexts

Missional formation for new contexts

How can seminaries, mission agencies, and theological schools teach mission in an age of such vast turmoil and change? How can the newer, post-colonial paradigms of mission--especially "mission from the margins"--be built into curricula and begin to form the aims, attitudes, and practices of mission everywhere?

Ecumenical Institute rejoices, as first student receives doctorate

Ecumenical Institute rejoices, as first student receives doctorate

Marking an important milestone in the history of the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Institute at Château de Bossey, the first candidate of the institute’s doctoral programme successfully completed his research with a viva voce examination at the University of Geneva on 24 May.

For Russian priest, Bossey is ‘valuable’ and ‘precious’

For Russian priest, Bossey is ‘valuable’ and ‘precious’

Father Mikhail Gundyaev grew up in St Petersburg at a time the city was known as Leningrad and when religion was still frowned upon in the then Soviet Union, so studying at Bossey in 1994 and 1995 opened new horizons for him. “It was a valuable and precious experience to meet people from different churches and from many different cultures,” said Gundyaev. “I saw people from Africa who had never seen someone from the Orthodox Church.”

How do you say “peace?”

How do you say “peace?”

Rauha. Paix. Friede. Paghidait.

From Myanmar, Khaing Moh Moh finds she can befriend the world at Bossey

From Myanmar, Khaing Moh Moh finds she can befriend the world at Bossey

When the Bossey Ecumenical Institute marked 70 years of formation, hundreds of current and former students, professors and friends gathered at the Château du Bossey to celebrate. Rev. Khaing Moh Moh was one of that band, but perhaps she travelled the furthest, from Myanmar, where she serves the Shan State Lisu Baptist Association about 200 kilometres north of Mandalay, the country’s second biggest city.

Bossey’s new missiology professor shares world of Africa and Europe

Bossey’s new missiology professor shares world of Africa and Europe

Rev. Dr Benjamin Simon was born in Germany, but he is also very much a product of Africa. Since September 2016, he has held the post of Professor of Ecumenical Missiology at the WCC's Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, a post he assumed just in time for the celebrations of 70 years’ serving ecumenism worldwide.

Fr Sauca: “Our hope that they continue to seek and build new ecumenical relationships”

Fr Sauca: “Our hope that they continue to seek and build new ecumenical relationships”

Thirty-five international students from the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland, are embarking on a future of ecumenism, dialogue and unity that began with months of intense study and fellowship.

Bossey students strengthen ecumenical ties in Rome

Bossey students strengthen ecumenical ties in Rome

As another academic term is coming to an end at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute, 35 international students and faculty have visited the Vatican in Rome, to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, engage in ecumenical dialogue, and to learn more about a variety of churches’ work towards Christian unity.

Bossey institute ‘is in the best hands now’, says descendant of former dwellers

Bossey institute ‘is in the best hands now’, says descendant of former dwellers

The descendants of the last family to live at Chateau de Bossey before it was acquired by the WCC are elated it is now a centre that brings people from different Christian traditions and other faiths together to understand one another better.

Bossey alums praise its 70 years of ecumenical formation

Bossey alums praise its 70 years of ecumenical formation

Bossey’s story is both old and new but it’s younger than ever, says one of its graduates, a renowned ecumenical scholar who opened a book launch on the history of the institute that has had students from so many parts of the world.