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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Two new scholarship endowments for Bossey

Two new scholarship endowments for Bossey

"We thank God for giving Bishop Anderson the gifts and graces for empowering us in the work of ecumenism," said the Rev. Philip Blair and the Rev. Wilma Taylor, who are the first benificiaries of the Bishop Vinton R. Anderson Ecumenical Leadership Scholarship, at the graduation ceremony in Bossey.

04 February 2010

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

The Bishop Vinton R. Anderson Ecumenical Leadership Scholarship Fund was created to provide support for African Methodist Episcopal students attending the Graduate School of Ecumenical Studies. The fund was initiated by Bishop Anderson of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the USA. Born 1927 in Bermuda, he was the first African American to serve as WCC President for North America (1991-98).

With an initial capital of 100,000 US dollars, the fund was established as part of the Ecumenical Trust in New York, USA, which, among other functions, collects donations in favour of the Ecumenical Institute.

The Elisabeth and Jan Remijn-Oerlemans Scholarship Fund is being created from a legacy of some 100,000 Swiss francs bequeathed to the Ecumenical Institute by Elisabeth Remijn, née Oerlemans. In 1948, she had participated in the founding assembly of the WCC in Amsterdam.

The Reformed parish of Interlaken, where Elisabeth and her husband Jan Remijn lived for many years, is one of the parishes that regularly receive visits from students of the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland. Jan Remijn was the pastor of Unterseen until his death in 1986. Supported by his wife, he has initiated an ongoing programme of worship services in Dutch for the many holiday guests in the region.

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