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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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.

Bossey students on their way to future of ecumenism

Bossey students on their way to future of ecumenism

Twenty-seven international students from the Bossey Ecumenical Institute, Switzerland, are embarking on a future of ecumenism, dialogue and unity that began with months of intense study and fellowship.

Orthodox patriarchs prepare for Great and Holy Council in June in Crete

Orthodox patriarchs prepare for Great and Holy Council in June in Crete

Orthodox primates have attended a meeting chaired by the Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew, in Chambésy, Geneva, Switzerland, and set a June date for a larger Orthodox convocation, the Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church.

Challenges of fundamentalism in theological education raised at Brazil consultation

Challenges of fundamentalism in theological education raised at Brazil consultation

For public theology, “the essential and pressing task of the churches and theological education is to foster love, dialogue, forgiveness, reconciliation” says Prof. Dr Rudolf Von Sinner.

Ioan Sauca is awarded an honorary doctorate by Romanian university

Ioan Sauca is awarded an honorary doctorate by Romanian university

Father Ioan Sauca, associate general secretary of the WCC and director of the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey, has been awarded the title of doctor honoris causa by the Transylvanian Babes Bolyai University.

Bossey students combine academics with global relationships

Bossey students combine academics with global relationships

Even before Rev. Dr Solomon Mepaiyeda heard about the Ecumenical Institute at Chateau de Bossey, he knew he wanted to study at a reputable ecumenical institution. “I wanted to contribute to collaborative efforts among Nigerian churches,” said Mepaiyeda, a member of the Anglican Church.

Believers’ baptism provides a theme for The Ecumenical Review

Believers’ baptism provides a theme for The Ecumenical Review

“A Dialogue on Believers’ Baptism” provides the focus for the October issue of the quarterly journal of the WCC.

WCC seminar explores links between indigenous ecological spiritualties and Christian faith

WCC seminar explores links between indigenous ecological spiritualties and Christian faith

Dynamics of “indigenous ecological spiritualties and Christian faith” were explored at a WCC seminar in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

WCC Faith and Order Commission enjoys an encounter with Patriarch Daniel of Romania

WCC Faith and Order Commission enjoys an encounter with Patriarch Daniel of Romania

Patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Orthodox Church interacted with the Faith and Order Commission of the WCC on 22 June during their week-long meeting at the Caraiman Monastery in the southern Carpathian Mountains of Romania.

Union of Utrecht and Philippine Independent Church celebrate 50 years of full communion

Union of Utrecht and Philippine Independent Church celebrate 50 years of full communion

The WCC says it is grateful that the churches of the Union of Utrecht, the Philippine Independent Church, and the Episcopal Church have embarked on a study about Globalization and Catholicity.

Odair Pedroso Mateus named director of WCC Faith and Order Commission

Odair Pedroso Mateus named director of WCC Faith and Order Commission

Rev. Dr Odair Pedroso Mateus, professor of ecumenical theology at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland and acting director of the WCC Commission on Faith and Order, has been confirmed as the new Faith and Order director.

Ecumenical officers from WCC member churches meet to strengthen a “pilgrimage of justice and peace”

Ecumenical officers from WCC member churches meet to strengthen a “pilgrimage of justice and peace”

The WCC is hosting the annual meeting of an international group of people with responsibilities for ecumenical relations in several member churches of the WCC. The spring session of the gathering of the Ecumenical Officers Network is taking the theme “pilgrimage of justice and peace” as the inspiration for learning, reflective study and discussion on current developments in the ecumenical movement.

WCC commission promotes ecumenical learning and education

WCC commission promotes ecumenical learning and education

The committee that advises WCC governing bodies on promoting ecumenical learning has ended its February 2015 meeting with a series of recommendations to ensure a vibrant study environment.

Understanding justice and peace as Christian pilgrims

Understanding justice and peace as Christian pilgrims

As the WCC promotes the vision of a “pilgrimage of justice and peace”, four students from the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland, share their understanding of justice and peace and how they embarked on a pilgrimage of their own.

Water network develops a theological framework for water justice

Water network develops a theological framework for water justice

What is our call to respond to the global water crisis? In what way is our response different from other actors? To respond to these questions within a theological framework of water justice, the Ecumenical Water Network convened theologians from around the world at the Ecumenical Institute.