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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 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.

Muslim from Canada and Indian Christian share sun rising over Lake Geneva praying together

Muslim from Canada and Indian Christian share sun rising over Lake Geneva praying together

The Shia Muslim student from Canada, the Presbyterian Christian student from India and some of their companions reluctantly set off for an early run on a chilly morning to the Geneva lakeside little knowing what sunrise would bring.

مسلم من كندا ومسيحي من الهند يتشاركان لحظة شروق الشمس على بحيرة جنيف بينما يقيمان الصلاة معا

مسلم من كندا ومسيحي من الهند يتشاركان لحظة شروق الشمس على بحيرة جنيف بينما يقيمان الصلاة معا

انطلق على مضض كل من الطالب المسلم الشيعي القادم من كندا، والطالب المسيحي المشيخي المنحدر من الهند، صحبة رفاقهما، لممارسة الركض باكرا خلال صباح ذلك اليوم البارد على ضفاف بحيرة جنيف، دون أن يعلما ما يحمله شروق شمس ذلك اليوم من معاني غير متوقعة.

Eager ecumenists embark on new missions

Eager ecumenists embark on new missions

Monday 28 January was a very special day for 25-year-old student Kezia Wairata from Jakarta, Indonesia. Along with 30 dedicated peers she received her diploma in advanced studies of ecumenism at the WCC Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland.