Das Ökumenische Institut

Das Ökumenische Institut in Château de Bossey ist ein außergewöhnlicher Ort für ein ökumenisches Studium.

Gemeinsam leben, lernen und beten

Das Ökumenische Institut in Château de Bossey ist ein außergewöhnlicher Ort für ein ökumenisches Studium.

Um sich den Herausforderungen zu stellen, die ein Leben in immer pluralistischeren Gesellschaften mit sich bringt, in einer Welt der Wirtschaft und kulturellen Globalisierung, des Klimawandels, der Missachtung von Menschenrechten und dem Bestreben, die zunehmende Gewalt im Namen der Religion zu rechtfertigen, brauchen die Kirchen Führungskräfte, die sich mit anderen religiösen Traditionen auskennen und mit konfessionellen und kulturellen Unterschieden feinfühlig umgehen.

 

Das dem Ökumenischen Rat der Kirchen angehörende und an die Universität von Genf angegliederte Ökumenische Institut bietet drei eigenständige Studienprogramme auf Graduiertenniveau an.

Der Lehrstoff legt den Schwerpunkt auf die Herausforderungen für die Kirchen im 21. Jahrhundert und die Erwiderungen der modernen ökumenischen Bewegung. Als Lehrmethodik wird eine Kombination aus akademischem Unterricht und erfahrungsbezogenem Lernen angewandt.

Bossey Academic Brochure

Academic Brochure of the Bossey Ecumenical Institute

Study Courses

Study Courses of the Bossey Ecumenical Institute

Student Life

Student life at the Ecumenical Institute at Château de Bossey

Application forms and process

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Eine multikulturelle Umgebung, ein außergewöhnlicher Ort

Seit Oktober 1948 kommen Frauen und Männer aus der ganzen Welt und aus sämtlichen christlichen Traditionen zum Studium, für Seminare und Konferenzen in das Ökumenische Institut in Bossey. Viele von ihnen bezeugten, dass sie in diesem wegweisenden Zentrum bzw. dieser „ökumenischen Forschungsstätte“ lebensverändernde Erfahrungen gemacht haben.

Das Ökumenische Institut hat den Auftrag, kirchliche Führungskräfte, Geistliche und Laien für die Arbeit in Gemeinden, Bildungseinrichtungen und ökumenischen Zentren weltweit heranzubilden. Das Ökumenische Institut spielt durch interkulturelle und interkonfessionelle Begegnungen, Studienangebote mit Unterbringung vor Ort, gemeinsame Gottesdienste sowie das Leben in Gemeinschaft eine große Rolle bei der Gestaltung des ökumenischen Gedankens.

Das Ökumenische Institut ist ein Ort, an dem Persönlichkeiten gestärkt, verwandelt und bereichert werden. Durch Studium und Forschung, durch Leben und Begegnung, durch den Dialog mit einer multikulturellen und multikonfessionellen Gemeinschaft gelangen die Menschen zu einem besseren Verständnis und einer größeren Wertschätzung ihrer eigenen Tradition und Identität und bereichern diese dadurch um neue Perspektiven. Das Institut bereitet Menschen darauf vor, Mittler der Versöhnung, des gegenseitigen Respekts und der Einigkeit unter den Christen und mit allen Menschen Gottes zu sein.

 

Academic Study Programme

Academic Study Programme of the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey

Complementary Certificate (CC) in Ecumenical Studies

The Complementary Certificate (CC) in Ecumenical Studies/Certificat complémentaire d'études œcuméniques is accredited by the University of Geneva with 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits to be achieved during one-semester (mid-September – end of January). Read More…

Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Ecumenical Studies

Master of Advanced Studies in Ecumenical Studies (MAS)/Maîtrise universitaire d'études avancées en études œcuméniques is accredited by the University of Geneva with 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits to be achieved during one-semester (mid-September – end of June). Read More…

Doctorate in Theology (Ecumenical Studies)

The Doctorate in Theology (mention Ecumenical Studies)/Doctorat en théologie (Mention sciences oecuméniques) is a non-residential academic programme conducted jointly with the Autonomous Faculty of Protestant Theology of the University of Geneva. Read More…

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Ecumenical Studies

The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Ecumenical Studies/le Certificat de formation continue en d'études œcuméniques is accredited by the University of Geneva under the Swiss Higher Education Programme for Continuing Education in accordance with the requirements of the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities (CRUS) with 25 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits to be achieved during one-semester (mid-September – end of January). Read More…

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Interreligious Studies

The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Interreligious Studies/Certificat de formation continue en études interreligieuses is accredited by the University of Geneva under the Swiss Higher Education Programme for Continuing Education in accordance with the requirements of the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities (CRUS) with 10 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits to be achieved during a period of 6 weeks (3 weeks personal learning, 3 weeks residential). Read More…

Together Towards Unity. Being Church in a Fragmented World

The course offers succinct introductions into the classic dimensions of ecumenical studies. Through specific assignments, students are guided in exploring ecumenical relations in their local context, sharing about it in a global cohort of students and deepen their understanding through theological study. Strengthening the students’ agency and the students’ capacity for theological discernment is vital in this study program. Read More…

English as a Tool for Ecumenical Formation: Intensive English Summer Course

This course is offered to students admitted to one of the following courses: Complementary Certificate (CC) in Ecumenical Studies; Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Ecumenical Studies; Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Ecumenical Studies. Applicants who discern a need to enhance their English language proficiency, may apply to the course English as a Tool for Ecumenical Formation: Intensive English Summer Course taking place from mid-June until the beginning of the autumn semester. Read More…

Academic credits

ECTS credits are a value allocated to course units to describe the student workload required to complete them. They reflect the quantity of work each course requires in relation to the total quantity of work required to complete academic study at the institution. Read More…

 

Rev. Dr Ioan Sauca, Director

The director of the Ecumenical Institute is a priest of the Romanian Orthodox Church and lectures in missiology and ecumenical theology. He taught missiology and ecumenism in his home country at the Faculty of Theology in Sibiu, Romania. A graduate of the Ecumenical Institute, Sauca holds a Ph.D. in missiology from the University of Birmingham, England. Appointed director of the Ecumenical Institute in 2001, Sauca also heads the education and ecumenical formation programme of the WCC. On 3 June 2020, Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca has been appointed interim general secretary of the World Council of Churches by the WCC executive committee.
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Rev Dr Kuzipa Nalwamba, Professor of Ecumenical Social Ethics

Ordained in the United Church of Zambia (UCZ) Nalwamba holds PhD and MA (Theology) degrees from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, MTh (History of Christianity and Mission) and MDiv from Trinity Theological College, Singapore. She also holds a BA Ed. from the University of Zambia. She worked at the Council for World Mission and prior to that as lecturer and academic dean at the United Church of Zambia Theological College, staff at the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students and as high school teacher. Her research interests include Eco-theology and History of Christianity. She joined the Ecumenical Institute faculty in August 2019 and is also Programme Executive for Ecumenical Theological Education (ETE).
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Rev. Dr Simone Sinn, Professor of Ecumenical Theology

A theologian and ordained pastor seconded to the WCC from the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Simone Sinn holds a doctorate in systematic theology from the University of Münster. In her doctoral research, Sinn explored the theological and socio-political questions entangled in religious pluralism. From 2013 to 2018, Sinn worked in the theology department of the Lutheran World Federation in Geneva and coordinated international study processes and consultations in the area of public theology and interreligious relations. Sinn joined the faculty of the Ecumenical Institute in July 2018, combining teaching at Bossey with programme executive responsibility in the World Council of Churches’ Commission on Faith and Order.
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Rev. Fr Dr Lawrence Iwuamadi, Professor of Ecumenical Biblical Hermeneutics

A Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Owerri, Nigeria. Iwuamadi obtained his licentiate degree in Sacred Scriptures (SSL) from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and his Ph.D. in biblical theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University also in Rome. Before being appointed to the Ecumenical Institute in 2012 by the Vatican, he taught Fundamental Scriptures, Greek and New Testament Theology at the Seat of Wisdom Seminary in Owerri. The chair of Ecumenical Biblical Hermeneutics is supported by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU). In January 2018, Iwuamadi was appointed the Academic Dean.

Rev. Dr Odair Pedroso Mateus, Professor of Ecumenical Theology

A pastor of the Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil, Mateus worked in the Office for Theology and Ecumenical Engagement in the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and edited its quarterly journal Reformed World. A graduate of the Ecumenical Institute, he holds a Ph.D. in theology from the Faculty of Protestant Theology of the Marc Bloch University, in Strasbourg, France. From 2007 he is lecturing at the Ecumenical Institute and participating in the work of WCC’s Faith and Order Commission. Since 2015 he also has been appointed Director of Faith and Order. His chair is supported by the US-based Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
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Rev. Dr. Peniel Jesudason Rufus Rajkumar, Adjunct Professor

Ordained Anglican Priest Rajkumar is the Programme Executive and Coordinator of the WCC’s Office of Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation. His focus is on building relations of trust and respect with followers of Eastern religious traditions, primarily Hinduism and Buddhism. He completed his PhD in applied theology and ethics from the University of Kent at Canterbury. He was at the United Theological College in Bangalore, India as Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics and Director of Field Education, while being an associate minister of the Church of South India. Rajkumar has published widely in the areas of interreligious dialogue, Christian ethics, mission, and religious fundamentalism, post-colonialism and world Christianity. He is teaching at the Ecumenical Institute since 2016.
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Dr. Vasile-Octavian Mihoc, Adjunct Professor

With educational background that is ecumenical, focusing on Systematic Theology and intercultural and interreligious issues, Mihoc holds a BA and MA from the Faculty of Orthodox Theology, University of Sibiu (Romania), and a PhD from the Faculty of Protestant Theology, University of Göttingen. Between 2013-2019, he was a Research and Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Roman Catholic Theology, University of Münster designing and teaching courses on topics like comparative Missiology, Ecumenics and the Study of Christian theology beyond Europe; religious identity and conversion; interreligious theology; methods and projects in comparative theology, and theological aesthetics. He joined the Ecumenical Institute in 2019 and also serves as the Programme Executive in charge of ecumenical relations of the World Council of Churches.
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Fr Lawrence Iwuamadi, Academic Dean
E-mail: Lawrence.Iwuamadi@wcc-coe.org

Bossey admissions: Bossey_Admissions@wcc-coe.org 

Ecumenical Institute at Château de Bossey
Chemin Chenevière 2
1279 Bogis-Bossey
Switzerland

Tel: +41 22 960 7300
Fax: +41 22 960 7367
E-mail: bossey@wcc-coe.org

Château de Bossey

Hotel and Conference Centre 

 

 

 

Discover a unique place where calm and serenity reign, where nature invites to relaxation and sharing special moments. Château de Bossey welcomes you to a green and hidden gem between lake and mountain.