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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Student testimonials

 

Rebekah Cypert—Dallas, TX

Disciples of Christ

For me, ecumenical formation is a significant part of ministry. Without it, you can be lost. You can graduate from seminary and not have an understanding of the wider movement. Bossey is special because the learning is holistic. We eat, live, and travel together which is so much better than a traditional classroom setting. When I return to the United States as an associate pastor, my goal is to develop a multicultural and multi inclusive environment in the church. The experience that I have living here at Bossey will help me do this. But without the scholarship support that I received from the Disciples of Christ, my ecumenical training would not have been possible. I went to an all-Protestant seminary, so I did not learn about other traditions like Orthodox or Catholicism. At Bossey, we are reading the same book for our missiology class that I did in seminary, but the dynamic of the students and different perspectives is what brings a better understanding of the text at Bossey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashraf Khamis Elias Tannous—Palestine

Lutheran

I chose to study at Bossey because I am interested in ecumenism. It is an important field to study especially for Palestine. Less than 2 percent are Christian here so we must take care of each other in order to save Christianity in Palestine.  I have a heavy burden to reflect on Palestinians and our issues. I heard a lot about Bossey before coming here. When I got here, it was the first time that I heard about some of the confessions such as Disciples of Christ. When I go back, I want to carry on my church's view of unity and to try and heal the broken body of Jesus Christ. My education here has opened up for me to know more about the "other". I live in the Holy Land with Jews and Muslims. Bossey has prepared me to be more solid, to be able to dialogue better about Christian theology and not to only answer from a Lutheran point of view. What I find special about Bossey is the family atmosphere that is here.  The community life with the other students, the professors, and Father Sauca has taught me how important it is to take care of one another.  I feel blessed to be here and want to see the school continue on and succeed.  I could not have come here without scholarship support. Not even my church could have supported me, but I am very grateful to the school for giving me this unique opportunity.

 

Rev. Zhongpu Cen—Shanghai, China

West Shanghai Church

I chose to study at Bossey in order to have a better understanding on how to better unite the churches in China. There are 156 churches in Shanghai and there is a need there to explain more about the ecumenical movement. There are not that many pastors in China to lead believers. I believe Bossey is preparing me to understand different cultures and traditions. It is difficult to understand some of the traditions. It  is real challenge for me, but a good experience. In China, we only learn through knowledge in the classroom, not direct experience like at Bossey. When I go back to China, I plan to organize ecumenical activities to unify the church. The Bible says that “we should make every effort to maintain the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace”. Shanghai is a modern and international city. Such a multicultural society has brought some problems. How to help people in a big city, how to take advantage of churches’ resources, I think ecumenical training may offer us some good advice.