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The Ecumenical Institute

The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey near Geneva, Switzerland, provides a space for reflection and study to students from around the world. Each student leaves prepared to return to his or her home communities and churches renewed and transformed through learning, encounter and personal exchanges at Bossey. By cooperating and working closely with churches, the institute is a foundational piece in the strengthening of the WCC fellowship and the ecumenical movement.

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Bossey students learn English as a tool for ecumenical formation

Bossey students learn English as a tool for ecumenical formation

Every summer the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey runs an intensive English course used to equip students from all over the world for further ecumenical formation. About 15 students come to the institute in June for almost three months of full-time English study. The majority of the students continue in September with certificate and masters programmes in ecumenical studies, which are conducted in English.

Behind-the-scenes in the kitchen at Bossey

Behind-the-scenes in the kitchen at Bossey

From the restaurant terrace, at Chateau de Bossey, one enjoys a clear view of Lake Geneva during a shared meal with family and friends. Located just 15 kilometres outside of Geneva, the restaurant has a broad range of freshly cooked food in a buffet-style manner, prepared with care and thoughtfulness.

At Bossey, inter-generational pilgrims move together toward Christian witness

At Bossey, inter-generational pilgrims move together toward Christian witness

Church leaders and young people are having both lively discussions and deep reflection at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute this week as they participate in a seminar on equipping each other for Christian witness in a multi-cultural and multi-faith world. With honest sharing and storytelling at its centre, participants were already reporting that the seminar is an active, exciting - and yet safe - place to share. Music and prayer are an integral part of the programme as well.

Bossey gathers students for interreligious dialogue

Bossey gathers students for interreligious dialogue

Young students from all over the world were welcomed to the World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland on Tuesday for the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Interreligious Studies. The theme of the 2018/2019 academic year is “Engaging for just and participatory societies - belongingness in Judaism, Christianity and Islam”.

WCC facilitates conversations on ecumenism at the Kirchentag

WCC facilitates conversations on ecumenism at the Kirchentag

Conversations at the World Council of Churches (WCC) exhibition booth at the Kirchentag showed there is a growing interest in ecumenical movement among German churches. The topics of a particularly high interest were the Thursdays in Black campaign and studies at the Ecumenical institute in Bossey.

New academic brochure invites ecumenical studies in Bossey

New academic brochure invites ecumenical studies in Bossey

The World Council of Churches invites students to Ecumenical studies in Bossey through an updated version of the institute's Academic Study Programme.

Bossey master students graduate, continuing 'that pilgrimage we call ecumenism'

Bossey master students graduate, continuing 'that pilgrimage we call ecumenism'

A ceremony on 11 June saw eight new master students graduate from the WCC Ecumenical Institute at Château de Bossey.

“Green reformation” consultation renews commitment to care for creation

“Green reformation” consultation renews commitment to care for creation

Over 30 seasoned theological educators, emerging theologians and researchers, church ministers and practitioners engaged in grassroots adult education gathered at the Ecumenical Institute Bossey, near Geneva, Switzerland, 12-15 May, to reflect on eco-theology and theological education.

Green Reformation: seeds of hope for an ecological theology

Green Reformation: seeds of hope for an ecological theology

An international consultation on "Green Reformation: Ecology, Religion, Education and the Future of the Ecumenical Movement,” organised by the World Council of Churches (WCC) department on Ecumenical Theological Education in cooperation with the Association of Protestant Churches and Missions in Germany, will take place 12-15 May, at the Ecumenical Institute Bossey, near Geneva, Switzerland.

WCC pays tribute to ecumenist pioneer

WCC pays tribute to ecumenist pioneer

On Monday 3 June the WCC hosts a half-day seminar on the legacy of one of ecumenism’s leading figures, archishop Nathan Söderblom, followed by a discussion on today’s ecumenical challenges.