The ordinands began at the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey, where they learned about Nicaea2025 and how the first ecumenical council is still relevant for ecumenism in the 21st century. They also discussed decolonisation and racism, and in the first evening then enjoyed a social time with Bossey students.
The ordinands received a tour of the Ecumenical Centre after participating in a morning prayer.
They then received an introduction to the WCC, discussing, among other programmes, the WCC Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network, WCC Jerusalem Liaison Office, and WCC’s work related to peace building in Colombia.
They also met with representatives of the Church of Sweden Switzerland, Lutheran World Federation, and ACT Alliance.
After a tour of Geneva, which included a visit to Reformation sights and St Pierre Cathedral, the ordinands discussed the Unity Statement of the WCC 11th Assembly, as well as the concept of “just peace” and its role related to religion and violence, and key themes in ecumenical missiology.
Rev. Prof. Dr Kenneth Nordgren, Dean at the Church of Sweden Seminar, said: “It was informative to come onsite in Geneva and be updated with the frontlines of ecumenical discussions; and it was inspiring to hear about the efforts to connect intentions on a global level to local work.”
Ordinand Henrica Enström said: “In a challenging time, we need to be reminded of looking at each other as brothers and sisters, and in that find hope and power. Through the work of the World Council of Churches, we enable ourselves to look at the world with love.”