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 Ecumenical Institute opens applications for ’exceptional study year’

Bossey Ecumenical Institute opens applications for ’exceptional study year’

The Ecumenical Institute at Château de Bossey. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

26 March 2020

When asked on the day of her graduation how she would describe Bossey, former student Quantisha Mason replied, ’Bossey is like a love letter to God.’ Today, the Ecumenical Institute invites prospective students to apply for the study year of 2021-2022.

The Institute, sitting on the banks of Lake Geneva in the Swiss countryside, is looking forward to a study year out of the ordinary.

Studies in 2021-2022 will include not just residential studies onsite at the Château de Bossey, but also participation in a Global Ecumenical Theological Institute (GETI) as well as attending the World Council of Churches 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany, in September 2021.

“The study year of 2021-2022 will be exceptional,” reflects Fr Prof. Dr Lawrence Iwuamadi, academic dean at the Ecumenical Institute.

“Students admitted to studies in Bossey will automatically be enrolled in the upcoming GETI, too, with all that it entails as a blended learning process of online studies and a residential phase in connection with the WCC’s 11th Assembly,” he adds.

“This is an opportunity no young ecumenist would want to miss,” he says, speaking from the position of someone who has seen many generations of Bossey students experience what the Institute has to offer.

In view of the timing of the WCC Assembly in Karlsruhe, the study year of 2021-2022 begins with arrival in Switzerland on 26-28 August 2021.

The deadline for applications is 1 September 2020.

Coming to Bossey is ‘hard,’ say students, but they leave in ‘a family’ knowing ‘Christian unity can be lived’ (WCC press release of 25 March 2020)

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