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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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For Russian priest, Bossey is ‘valuable’ and ‘precious’

For Russian priest, Bossey is ‘valuable’ and ‘precious’

Father Mikhail Gundyaev grew up in St Petersburg at a time the city was known as Leningrad and when religion was still frowned upon in the then Soviet Union, so studying at Bossey in 1994 and 1995 opened new horizons for him. “It was a valuable and precious experience to meet people from different churches and from many different cultures,” said Gundyaev. “I saw people from Africa who had never seen someone from the Orthodox Church.”

How do you say “peace?”

How do you say “peace?”

Rauha. Paix. Friede. Paghidait.

From Myanmar, Khaing Moh Moh finds she can befriend the world at Bossey

From Myanmar, Khaing Moh Moh finds she can befriend the world at Bossey

When the Bossey Ecumenical Institute marked 70 years of formation, hundreds of current and former students, professors and friends gathered at the Château du Bossey to celebrate. Rev. Khaing Moh Moh was one of that band, but perhaps she travelled the furthest, from Myanmar, where she serves the Shan State Lisu Baptist Association about 200 kilometres north of Mandalay, the country’s second biggest city.

Bossey’s new missiology professor shares world of Africa and Europe

Bossey’s new missiology professor shares world of Africa and Europe

Rev. Dr Benjamin Simon was born in Germany, but he is also very much a product of Africa. Since September 2016, he has held the post of Professor of Ecumenical Missiology at the WCC's Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, a post he assumed just in time for the celebrations of 70 years’ serving ecumenism worldwide.

Fr Sauca: “Our hope that they continue to seek and build new ecumenical relationships”

Fr Sauca: “Our hope that they continue to seek and build new ecumenical relationships”

Thirty-five international students from the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland, are embarking on a future of ecumenism, dialogue and unity that began with months of intense study and fellowship.

Bossey students strengthen ecumenical ties in Rome

Bossey students strengthen ecumenical ties in Rome

As another academic term is coming to an end at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute, 35 international students and faculty have visited the Vatican in Rome, to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, engage in ecumenical dialogue, and to learn more about a variety of churches’ work towards Christian unity.

Bossey institute ‘is in the best hands now’, says descendant of former dwellers

Bossey institute ‘is in the best hands now’, says descendant of former dwellers

The descendants of the last family to live at Chateau de Bossey before it was acquired by the WCC are elated it is now a centre that brings people from different Christian traditions and other faiths together to understand one another better.

Bossey alums praise its 70 years of ecumenical formation

Bossey alums praise its 70 years of ecumenical formation

Bossey’s story is both old and new but it’s younger than ever, says one of its graduates, a renowned ecumenical scholar who opened a book launch on the history of the institute that has had students from so many parts of the world.

Bossey: forming ambassadors of reconciliation

Bossey: forming ambassadors of reconciliation

The sound of a bell “calling across fields and cities, re-assembling the community that celebrates the new creation” opened the Sunday service prepared to commemorate 70 years of the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey, on 2 October. The celebration closed a three-day programme of activities around the historic institute’s anniversary.

Fellowship in focus, as Ecumenical Institute in Bossey marks 70 years

Fellowship in focus, as Ecumenical Institute in Bossey marks 70 years

As the Bossey Ecumenical Institute marks 70 years of ecumenical formation, hundreds of current and former students, professors, partners and friends have gathered at the Château du Bossey for days highlighting the work of the institute and the role it has had and continues to play in the ecumenical movement.