The theme of the 2022 interreligious summer course—closely intertwined with the theme of the World Council of Churches 11th Assembly—is “Reconciliation and Healing in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.” The theme will address the vital question of the role of religions in society today. Students will explore how people of faith build communities able to overcome conflicts, and have a public role and function through which they contribute to society as a whole.
The hallmark of the Certificate in Advanced Studies – Interreligious Studies programme is that it comprises an international group of Jews, Christians and Muslims within the student and teaching bodies. Courses are conducted by professors of the Ecumenical Institute and its academic and interreligious partners.
Young people 20-35 who are interested and engaged in interreligious dialogue are invited to apply. Together, they have the potential to become the next graduating class to contribute to deeper understanding in religiously and culturally diverse societies. Bossey’s “living laboratory of ecumenism” consistently features curriculum based on today’s context of migration and globalization.
Applicants may also include religious leaders, students, laypersons and professionals with a suitable level of religious literacy and/or experience in the field of interreligious dialogue and engagement, especially among the three Abrahamic religions.
The course encompasses a study period of six weeks, including three weeks of distance learning from 13 June - 2 July, then a 3-week intensive residential period of study, research and community life from 3-22 July. The residential period includes lectures, courses, workshops and study visits to places of interreligious interest.
The Certificate in Advanced Studies—Interreligious Studies is accredited by the University of Geneva under the Swiss Higher Education Programme for Continuing Education (10 ECTS). The prerequisite is a bachelor’s degree (six semesters of university education).
A limited number of scholarships are available.
Details about the interreligious summer course:
Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Interreligious Studies 6 weeks: 10 ECTS credits | World Council of Churches (oikoumene.org)