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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Rev. John George Huber is very committed to Bossey and a consistent financial supporter of the Ecumenical Institute, and has even included Bossey in his will: “I feel the need to pass the ecumenical torch to a younger generation. Bossey was such a fulfilling experience on so many levels. I am grateful for the two experiences I’ve had and want to be supportive of the Ecumenical Institute because in doing so I am making a contribution to Christian Unity”.

Rev. John George Huber

There aren’t too many people who can say they twice attended school at Bossey, let alone almost 30 years apart. But that is exactly what John George Huber did in 1972 and 2000. While his decision to attend in 2000 was challenged by three personal fears; his church, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, was not a member of the WCC; he was 70 years old; and he had already attended in the 1970s; his application was wholeheartedly accepted.

Rev. John has maintained a longstanding commitment to Christian unity. This is partly what attracted him to complete the Master of Arts in Ecumenical Studies programme at Bossey in 2000.

“The second time was more intense as there were major papers to write and my thesis was over 100 pages long” Huber said. It was also a time in which Huber produced papers on ecumenical themes that would later become part of the Ecumenical Collection of John George Huber at the newly constructed David Allan Hubbard Library at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, USA. The library will officially launch in 2014.

The Huber collection consists of many articles, papers, theses, numerous books on ecumenical themes, and a big plastic tub of memorabilia (which he is currently cataloguing) from his days at Bossey including other publications, papers and correspondence which all relate to the ecumenical movement.

Rev. John is very committed to Bossey and a consistent financial supporter of the Ecumenical Institute, and has even included Bossey in his will: “I feel the need to pass the ecumenical torch to a younger generation. Bossey was such a fulfilling experience on so many levels. I am grateful for the two experiences I’ve had and want to be supportive of the Ecumenical Institute because in doing so I am making a contribution to Christian Unity”.