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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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GETI 2021: plans for lively learning by young theologians are underway

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Coming to Bossey is ‘hard,’ say students, but they leave in ‘a family’ knowing ‘Christian unity can be lived’

Coming to Bossey is ‘hard,’ say students, but they leave in ‘a family’ knowing ‘Christian unity can be lived’

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WCC Ecumenical Institute invites papers for conference on ’Teaching Ecumenism’

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With deadline 20 January 2020, the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Institute at Château de Bossey invites papers for an international conference on ’Teaching Ecumenism in the Context of World Christianity’.

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Those who make Bossey so special: The students

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Panel explores: How do we teach ecumenism today?

Panel explores: How do we teach ecumenism today?

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