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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Mission and vision

Since October 1946 thousands of women and men from all over the world and every Christian tradition have come to the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey for academic studies, seminars and conferences. Many have testified to life-changing experiences in this pioneering centre, or "ecumenical laboratory".

The Ecumenical Institute's mission is to educate and form church leaders, both clergy and lay, for service in parishes, classrooms and ecumenical centres around the world. The Ecumenical Institute plays a major role in shaping ecumenical thought through intercultural and interconfessional encounter, through academic study in residential programmes and through common worship and life in community.

A unique international ecumenical community, the Institute constitutes a free and safe space of mutual encounter and challenge for Christians from all over the world. Considered as part of the "avant-garde" of the ecumenical movement, the Institute offers an academic platform where some of the most acute and complex challenges confronting the churches, often considered taboo topics by the churches themselves or even by society at large, are debated and analyzed in an attempt to find a common response, action and witness, so "that the world may believe".

The Ecumenical Institute is a place that strengthens, transforms and enhances identities. Through study and research, through life and encounter, through dialogue within a multicultural and multiconfessional community, people come to better understand and appreciate their own tradition and identity, thereby enriching it with new perspectives. The Institute prepares people to be agents of reconciliation, mutual respect and unity among Christians and with all God's people.