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 students on their way to future of ecumenism

Bossey students on their way to future of ecumenism

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

Orthodox patriarchs prepare for Great and Holy Council in June in Crete

Orthodox patriarchs prepare for Great and Holy Council in June in Crete

Orthodox primates have attended a meeting chaired by the Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew, in Chambésy, Geneva, Switzerland, and set a June date for a larger Orthodox convocation, the Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church.

Challenges of fundamentalism in theological education raised at Brazil consultation

Challenges of fundamentalism in theological education raised at Brazil consultation

For public theology, “the essential and pressing task of the churches and theological education is to foster love, dialogue, forgiveness, reconciliation” says Prof. Dr Rudolf Von Sinner.

Ioan Sauca is awarded an honorary doctorate by Romanian university

Ioan Sauca is awarded an honorary doctorate by Romanian university

Father Ioan Sauca, associate general secretary of the WCC and director of the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey, has been awarded the title of doctor honoris causa by the Transylvanian Babes Bolyai University.

Bossey students combine academics with global relationships

Bossey students combine academics with global relationships

Even before Rev. Dr Solomon Mepaiyeda heard about the Ecumenical Institute at Chateau de Bossey, he knew he wanted to study at a reputable ecumenical institution. “I wanted to contribute to collaborative efforts among Nigerian churches,” said Mepaiyeda, a member of the Anglican Church.

Believers’ baptism provides a theme for The Ecumenical Review

Believers’ baptism provides a theme for The Ecumenical Review

“A Dialogue on Believers’ Baptism” provides the focus for the October issue of the quarterly journal of the WCC.

WCC seminar explores links between indigenous ecological spiritualties and Christian faith

WCC seminar explores links between indigenous ecological spiritualties and Christian faith

Dynamics of “indigenous ecological spiritualties and Christian faith” were explored at a WCC seminar in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

WCC Faith and Order Commission enjoys an encounter with Patriarch Daniel of Romania

WCC Faith and Order Commission enjoys an encounter with Patriarch Daniel of Romania

Patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Orthodox Church interacted with the Faith and Order Commission of the WCC on 22 June during their week-long meeting at the Caraiman Monastery in the southern Carpathian Mountains of Romania.

Union of Utrecht and Philippine Independent Church celebrate 50 years of full communion

Union of Utrecht and Philippine Independent Church celebrate 50 years of full communion

The WCC says it is grateful that the churches of the Union of Utrecht, the Philippine Independent Church, and the Episcopal Church have embarked on a study about Globalization and Catholicity.

Odair Pedroso Mateus named director of WCC Faith and Order Commission

Odair Pedroso Mateus named director of WCC Faith and Order Commission

Rev. Dr Odair Pedroso Mateus, professor of ecumenical theology at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland and acting director of the WCC Commission on Faith and Order, has been confirmed as the new Faith and Order director.

Ecumenical officers from WCC member churches meet to strengthen a “pilgrimage of justice and peace”

Ecumenical officers from WCC member churches meet to strengthen a “pilgrimage of justice and peace”

The WCC is hosting the annual meeting of an international group of people with responsibilities for ecumenical relations in several member churches of the WCC. The spring session of the gathering of the Ecumenical Officers Network is taking the theme “pilgrimage of justice and peace” as the inspiration for learning, reflective study and discussion on current developments in the ecumenical movement.

WCC commission promotes ecumenical learning and education

WCC commission promotes ecumenical learning and education

The committee that advises WCC governing bodies on promoting ecumenical learning has ended its February 2015 meeting with a series of recommendations to ensure a vibrant study environment.

Understanding justice and peace as Christian pilgrims

Understanding justice and peace as Christian pilgrims

As the WCC promotes the vision of a “pilgrimage of justice and peace”, four students from the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland, share their understanding of justice and peace and how they embarked on a pilgrimage of their own.

Water network develops a theological framework for water justice

Water network develops a theological framework for water justice

What is our call to respond to the global water crisis? In what way is our response different from other actors? To respond to these questions within a theological framework of water justice, the Ecumenical Water Network convened theologians from around the world at the Ecumenical Institute.

Apply now: Academic courses at Ecumenical Institute in Bossey

Apply now: Academic courses at Ecumenical Institute in Bossey

The WCC Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland is inviting applications for the academic programmes in ecumenical studies, 2015-2016. The application deadline is 30 November 2014.

Young theologians explore ways of furthering ecumenical formation

Young theologians explore ways of furthering ecumenical formation

New forms of ecumenical formation, as well as ways of enhancing ecumenical contributions from young people in churches and societies, were discussed by fifteen young theologians in a meeting convened by the WCC.

Migration transforms how churches do theology

Migration transforms how churches do theology

Amid the reality of migration, theological education can lead to the transformation of the church, agreed participants in a seminar organized by the WCC.

A community of young Christians, Muslims and Jews works for climate justice

A community of young Christians, Muslims and Jews works for climate justice

Amidst the reality of tensions often fueled by religions, a group of Christian, Muslim and Jewish youth has formed a multi-faith community. As part of an interfaith summer course sponsored by the WCC, this community wants to work for the protection of creation – a concern they say is common to all faith traditions.

WCC to hold seminar on migration and theological education

How should the growing phenomenon of migration affect training for ministry? An upcoming seminar organized by the WCC at the Ecumenical Institute Bossey will focus on evaluating experiences and devising new approaches to theological education that can help churches understand migration as an opportunity of “being the church together”.

Young theologians to reflect on the future of ecumenical formation

Sponsored by the WCC, young theologians will engage in dialogue on the coming shape of ecumenical formation and how it can ensure a viable future for the ecumenical movement.