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 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.

Bossey: forming ambassadors of reconciliation

Bossey: forming ambassadors of reconciliation

The sound of a bell “calling across fields and cities, re-assembling the community that celebrates the new creation” opened the Sunday service prepared to commemorate 70 years of the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey, on 2 October. The celebration closed a three-day programme of activities around the historic institute’s anniversary.

Fellowship in focus, as Ecumenical Institute in Bossey marks 70 years

Fellowship in focus, as Ecumenical Institute in Bossey marks 70 years

As the Bossey Ecumenical Institute marks 70 years of ecumenical formation, hundreds of current and former students, professors, partners and friends have gathered at the Château du Bossey for days highlighting the work of the institute and the role it has had and continues to play in the ecumenical movement.

Book launch will feature The Story of Bossey

Book launch will feature The Story of Bossey

A brief yet lively history of the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey, The Story of Bossey: A Laboratory for Ecumenical Life, will be released by the World Council of Churches (WCC) Publications at a book launch 1 October on the grounds of the institute.

Dialogue flourishes between WCC, Muslim Council of Elders

Dialogue flourishes between WCC, Muslim Council of Elders

The Grand Imam of Cairo’s prestigious Al-Azhar mosque and university, Prof. Dr Ahmad al-Tayyeb, will visit the WCC to give a public lecture and participate in high-level dialogue on interreligious peacemaking. “We are honoured to welcome one of the world’s highest-ranking and most influential Muslim leaders to Geneva, and I very much look forward to his lecture and to sharing views with him on the many challenges that we as religious persons and leaders face together,” says WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit.

معهد بوسيه المسكوني يحيي ذكرى مرور 70 عاما من الحوار الصادق

معهد بوسيه المسكوني يحيي ذكرى مرور 70 عاما من الحوار الصادق

لقد ساهم معهد بوسيه في توسيع مدارك عقلي وآفاقها " هذه هى بعض الكلمات التي تفوه بها طالب من الطلاب المتخرجين عند حديثه مع القس الدكتورة داغمار هيلر عميدة المعهد المسكوني ببوسيه منذ شهر في لقائهما في أحد المؤتمرات.

معهد بوسيه التابع لمجلس الكنائس العالمي يحتفل بمرور سبعين عاما وسط خضم من الأحداث

معهد بوسيه التابع لمجلس الكنائس العالمي يحتفل بمرور سبعين عاما وسط خضم من الأحداث

سوف ينظم المعهد المسكوني في قصر دو بوسيه احتفالية بمناسبة مرور سبعين عاما بحضور شخصيات بارزة عندما يجتمعون معا في صلوات وعبادات مشتركة وسوف يتم إصدار كتاب جديد بمناسبة هذه الاحتفالية خلال عطلة نهاية الأسبوع من 30 سبتمبر/أيلول - 2 أكتوبر/تشرين الآول.

Bossey anniversary commemorates 70 years of heartfelt dialogue

Bossey anniversary commemorates 70 years of heartfelt dialogue

“Bossey opened my mind and my horizon.” These words from a former student touched Rev. Dr Dagmar Heller, dean of the Bossey Ecumenical Institute, one month ago as the two met at a conference.

WCC’s Bossey institute celebrates 70 years with array of events

WCC’s Bossey institute celebrates 70 years with array of events

The Ecumenical Institute at Château de Bossey is observing its 70th anniversary with notable speakers, creative worship, prayer services and a book launch, over the weekend of 30 September - 2 October.

Peacebuilding and migrants are future foci of Roman Catholic-WCC working group

Peacebuilding and migrants are future foci of Roman Catholic-WCC working group

Roman Catholic and WCC representatives are forging new ways of working together on today’s most pressing issues.

Ecumenical Institute professor recognized as trust among religions grows

Ecumenical Institute professor recognized as trust among religions grows

Interreligious trust and respect has proven a key challenge in communities worldwide, not least in contexts where the need for successful peacebuilding is dire. Therefore, 11 August marked an important day in the history of the Ecumenical Institute as it saw the first students receive their CAS in Interreligious Studies diplomas.

Young people reflect on interreligious studies

Young people reflect on interreligious studies

Seventeen students completed a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Interreligious Studies in August at the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey. The six-week course, credited by the University of Geneva, is evenly split between distance learning and a residential experience.

Bossey students celebrate graduation

Bossey students celebrate graduation

On a sunny, hot afternoon on the grounds of the 18th-century Château de Bossey, 17 young people from across the world gathered for their graduation ceremony in the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Interreligious Studies from the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey.

أستاذ المعهد المسكوني ببوسي يقر بأن الثقة بين الأديان تتزايد

أستاذ المعهد المسكوني ببوسي يقر بأن الثقة بين الأديان تتزايد

خاضت الثقة والاحترام بين الأديان معتركا صعبا داخل المجتمعات في جميع أنحاء العالم وعلى وجه الخصوص في بعض الأحداث التي كانت فيها الحاجة الماسة لبناء السلام الناجح مطلوبة. ولذلك شهد يوم 11 أغسطس / آب حدثا بالغ الأهمية في تاريخ المعهد المسكوني في بوسي بسويسرا لأنه شهد حفلة تخريج الطلاب الأوائل الذين تلقوا دبلومات الدراسات العليا في فرع الدراسات بين الأديان. وشهد الحفل نفسه نيل أستاذ معهد بوسيه القس الأب الدكتور لورانس يوامادي الجائزة السنوية "جائزة المعرفة المشتركة " التي منحتها له المؤسسة الإسلامية (المعرفة المشتركة) وهى مؤسسة لا تستهدف الربح. وبغض النظر عن الجائزة التي منحت للورنس نرى التزام لورنس الإيجابي والصادق في الحوار بين الأديان وبين البشر.

Georges Lemopoulos looks back on 30 years with World Council of Churches

Georges Lemopoulos looks back on 30 years with World Council of Churches

Georges “Yorgo” Lemopoulos says his discovery of global ecumenism as a theology student in Istanbul, Turkey, transformed his life. The member of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople credits theology professors who were active in ecumenical work with awakening his interest in the global church movement.

Like pilgrims to the Ecumenical Centre, Geneva

Like pilgrims to the Ecumenical Centre, Geneva

Visits by leaders of member churches and other significant ecumenical partners, groups from congregations and theological schools - including clergy, theologians and lay persons - offer them a unique opportunity to learn about the diverse range of issues being addressed by the WCC.