Computer screen sitting on a desk, with a browser showing an online learning platform interface.

The Bossey online course platform. Following a successful pilot project in the spring of 2021, the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey is now inviting applications for a renewed version of the 10-week online course entitled “Together Towards Unity. Being Church in a Fragmented World” in 2022. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC


The course will run fully online, from 14 March-5 June 2022, with an application deadline of 15 February.

Sixty students participated actively in the pilot of the course last year, with students and faculty engaging across a variety of key topics and challenges in ecumenism today.

For the academic dean at Bossey, Rev. Dr Simone Sinn, it was a deeply encouraging experience to teach ecumenism in an online format – not least in view of the opportunities it offers for engagement across the globe in a world that connects by digital means perhaps more than ever before. 

We encourage young theologians and laypersons with an interest in the field of ecumenical dialogue and engagement to apply for this international course,” Sinn says.

The new online course builds on the long-established Ecumenical Studies courses at Bossey in addressing current changing dynamics and configurations of ecumenism through a new medium. In an international cohort of students, participants will explore the biblical, theological, ethical, societal, interreligious and missiological dimensions of ecumenism.

Argyro Delidaki from Greece was one of the participants in the course in the spring of 2021. "I found the course fulfilling; it was an excellent overview of the ecumenical movement. It was also firmly structured,” Delidaki reflected after the course.

"Additionally, I had the unique opportunity to communicate and exchange views with people from all around the globe. We became good friends and still maintain contact after the course," Delidaki said.

To qualify for the course, a minimum of six university semestersstudies in theology or a related field is required. Learn more, and apply directly via the links below.

Application guidelines and form – Bossey online course Together Towards Unity. Being Church in a Fragmented World”

Course decsription: Together Towards Unity. Being Church in a Fragmented World

Online Bossey course ecumenically links students from diverse global time zones (WCC feature story of 15 July 2021)