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Negotiate a nuclear weapons ban next year, says UN group with broad support

Negotiate a nuclear weapons ban next year, says UN group with broad support

“Negotiate a legally-binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons”. Do it “in 2017”. Make sure the negotiations are “open to all states” and include civil society. These are key points in a much-disputed report adopted last week by a United Nations working group of more than 100 countries meeting in Geneva.

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 at Bossey, Switzerland, as it saw the first students receive their CAS in Interreligious Studies diplomas. In connection with that same ceremony, Bossey professor Rev. Fr Dr Lawrence Iwuamadi was awarded the annual “Inter-knowing Prize” by the Muslim non-profit organization the Inter-knowing Foundation. Behind the award is Lawrence’s positive and sincere commitment to interreligious and inter-human dialogue.

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.