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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Condolences on the death of Bishop Vinton Anderson

Condolences on the death of Bishop Vinton Anderson

Sincere condolences were expressed at the death of Bishop Vinton R. Anderson by the WCC general secretary. The first African American to serve as the WCC president for North America, from 1991-98, Bishop Anderson of the African Methodist Episcopal Church passed away on Wednesday.

Addressing ecology, theology and justice in practice

Addressing ecology, theology and justice in practice

While churches around the world live in very different contexts and may be separated by different doctrinal teachings, they do have one concern in common: will planet earth still be a fit place for their children to live?

Religious women have stake in conflict resolution and peace-building

Justice and peace are not possible without the involvement and participation of women. To accomplish this vision the United Nations Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 1325 can be an important negotiation tool for religious women's on-going work for conflict resolution and peace-building around the world.

Religion is two-edged sword for women after trauma and violence

Religion is two-edged sword for women after trauma and violence

Religion is a double-edged sword for women healing from violence and trauma, yet they find their way out of pain in amazing ways, say two scholars whose work investigates and analyses this.

WOCATI to strengthen theological education initiatives

WOCATI to strengthen theological education initiatives

With a growing awareness of plurality in theological education as a result of the changing faces of Christianity, and the reality of churches co-existing with other religions, members of the executive committee of the World Conference of Associations of Theological Institutions affirmed their commitment to cooperate closely, share information and build collaborative networks to strengthen world-wide initiatives in ecumenical theological education.

Sauca and Prove appointed to World Council of Churches posts

Sauca and Prove appointed to World Council of Churches posts

Father Ioan Sauca of the Romanian Orthodox Church and Peter Prove, a Lutheran lawyer and international affairs expert from Australia, have been named to key staff positions in the WCC.

Seminars in Bossey will provide opportunities of ecumenical formation

Seminars in Bossey will provide opportunities of ecumenical formation

During 2014 the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey will be holding a number of seminars raising awareness on issues related to women’s concerns, justice and peace, ecology and Christian theology, interfaith relations and migrant churches.

Former students share their memories of the Ecumenical Institute

Former students share their memories of the Ecumenical Institute

In a collection of essays, former students of the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey share how their years at the Institute created some of their fondest memories. Their experience inspired a new understanding of Christian unity and ecumenical endeavours they have undertaken in churches around the globe.

Paul Isaak appointed as director of elections in Namibia

Paul Isaak appointed as director of elections in Namibia

A long time academic and professor of missiology at the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey, Dr Paul J. Isaak has been appointed as director of elections by President Hifikepunye Pohamba in Namibia. Isaak commenced his new position at the Electoral Commission of Namibia in September.

Youth build multi-faith community in Bossey

Youth build multi-faith community in Bossey

Young people of the Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths have created a unique community during a summer course at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey. Together they seek to break religious stereotypes, promote mutual respect and enhance their understanding of religions beyond the conflict paradigm.

Seminar invokes reflections on eco-theology and care for creation

Seminar invokes reflections on eco-theology and care for creation

A seminar at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland gathered diverse reflections on eco-theology, care for the creation and climate change, and how to build a sustainable world. The contributors included Christian theologians and activists as well as youth.

Consolidated WCC library opens in Bossey

Consolidated WCC library opens in Bossey

The WCC has announced the opening of its consolidated library housed at the Ecumenical Institute, in Bossey, Switzerland, near its Geneva offices.

Bossey inaugurates its new guest house and conference hall

Bossey inaugurates its new guest house and conference hall

The Ecumenical Institute of Bossey inaugurated its recently renovated guest house and a new conference hall on 14 February, expanding its facilities for the use of churches, ecumenical bodies, local and international organizations and individual visitors.

New accreditation agreement announced for Ecumenical Institute at Bossey

New accreditation agreement announced for Ecumenical Institute at Bossey

A groundbreaking agreement was announced Wednesday making all students attending the WCC’s Ecumenical Institute at Bossey eligible to receive an accredited certificate from the University of Geneva.

Two new scholarship endowments for Bossey

Two new scholarship endowments for Bossey

The endowment of two new scholarship funds geared towards facilitating studies at the Ecumenical Institute of the WCC was celebrated at the graduation ceremony for the 61st session of the institute's Graduate School of Ecumenical Studies on 3 February.

There's value in diversity, say young people from three faiths

There's value in diversity, say young people from three faiths

Religious diversity is an unavoidable reality today – and an opportunity, according to the participants of an interfaith seminar held in July at the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Institute at Bossey outside Geneva, Switzerland.

Still young at sixty: the Bossey Ecumenical Institute

Still young at sixty: the Bossey Ecumenical Institute

Amidst the quiet vineyards overlooking Lake Geneva is a place that can seem an unlikely setting for the preparation of future church leaders. And yet the WCC's Ecumenical Institute at Bossey has been a unique international centre for Christian dialogue and learning for six decades, since its creation in 1946.