The programme for the visitors included meeting with Bossey students and faculty, as well as discussing the directions of the WCC after the WCC 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe.
The group also discussed the Arusha Call, the fruit of the the WCC Conference on World Mission and Evangelism, which took place in Arusha, Tanzania, in 2018.
A lively exchange of ideas also occurred related to economic and ecological justice, Orthodox participation in the WCC Commission on Faith and Order, and gender justice.
The group from the Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche in Norddeutschland was very diverse, explained Oberkirchenrätin Dr Uta André, dezernentin.
“Church leadership, young theologians preparing for their ministry, pastors in ecumenical ministries, academic researchers—we all came to learn and be instructed by the WCC staff members and experts in ecumenism,” said André. “And what we did not expect happened: We were strongly asked and empowered to take ourselves responsibility for the ongoing reception of ‘Karlsruhe’ and the future of the ecumenical movement.”
André said the group left Geneva “not as those who were filled with information and strategies and duties, but as those who now are inspired to more than ever implement a new ecumenical way of being church.
“We thank those who took their time to meet and receive us for this great mixture of expertise, hospitality, and mutual exchange and advisory,” said André.