The Ecumenical Institute Bossey

The Ecumenical Institute at Château de Bossey is a unique place for ecumenical education – part of the World Council of Churches, attached to the University of Geneva.

Living, learning and praying together

The Ecumenical Institute at Château de Bossey is a unique place for ecumenical education.

In order to face the challenges of living in increasingly pluralistic societies, in a world of economic and cultural globalization, climate change, neglect of human rights and attempts to justify growing violence in the name of religion, churches need leaders with knowledge of other religious traditions and with a sensitivity to confessional and cultural differences.

A part of the World Council of Churches and attached to the University of Geneva, the Ecumenical Institute offers three distinct study programmes on the graduate level.

The content of the teaching is focused on the challenges for the churches in the 21st century and the responses given through the modern ecumenical movement. The methodology is a combination of academic teaching and experiential learning.

Bossey Academic Brochure

Academic Brochure of the Bossey Ecumenical Institute

Study Courses

Study Courses of the Bossey Ecumenical Institute

Student Life

Student life at the Ecumenical Institute at Château de Bossey

Application forms and process

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A multicultural environment, a unique place

Since October 1946 thousands of women and men from all over the world and every Christian tradition have come to the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey for academic studies, seminars and conferences. Many have testified to life-changing experiences in this pioneering centre, or "ecumenical laboratory".

The Ecumenical Institute's mission is to educate and form church leaders, both clergy and lay, for service in parishes, classrooms and ecumenical centres around the world. The Ecumenical Institute plays a major role in shaping ecumenical thought through intercultural and interconfessional encounter, through academic study in residential programmes and through common worship and life in community.

The Ecumenical Institute is a place that strengthens, transforms and enhances identities. Through study and research, through life and encounter, through dialogue within a multicultural and multiconfessional community, people come to better understand and appreciate their own tradition and identity, thereby enriching it with new perspectives. The Institute prepares people to be agents of reconciliation, mutual respect and unity among Christians and with all God's people.

Academic Study Programme

Academic Study Programme of the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey

Complementary Certificate (CC) in Ecumenical Studies

The Complementary Certificate (CC) in Ecumenical Studies/Certificat complémentaire d'études œcuméniques is accredited by the University of Geneva with 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits to be achieved during one-semester (mid-September – end of January). Read More…

Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Ecumenical Studies

Master of Advanced Studies in Ecumenical Studies (MAS)/Maîtrise universitaire d'études avancées en études œcuméniques is accredited by the University of Geneva with 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits to be achieved during one-semester (mid-September – end of June). Read More…

Doctorate in Theology (Ecumenical Studies)

The Doctorate in Theology (mention Ecumenical Studies)/Doctorat en théologie (Mention sciences oecuméniques) is a non-residential academic programme conducted jointly with the Autonomous Faculty of Protestant Theology of the University of Geneva. Read More…

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Ecumenical Studies

The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Ecumenical Studies/le Certificat de formation continue en d'études œcuméniques is accredited by the University of Geneva under the Swiss Higher Education Programme for Continuing Education in accordance with the requirements of the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities (CRUS) with 25 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits to be achieved during one-semester (mid-September – end of January). Read More…

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Interreligious Studies

The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Interreligious Studies/Certificat de formation continue en études interreligieuses is accredited by the University of Geneva under the Swiss Higher Education Programme for Continuing Education in accordance with the requirements of the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities (CRUS) with 10 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits to be achieved during a period of 6 weeks (3 weeks personal learning, 3 weeks residential). Read More…

Together Towards Unity. Being Church in a Fragmented World

The course offers succinct introductions into the classic dimensions of ecumenical studies. Through specific assignments, students are guided in exploring ecumenical relations in their local context, sharing about it in a global cohort of students and deepen their understanding through theological study. Strengthening the students’ agency and the students’ capacity for theological discernment is vital in this study program. Read More…

English as a Tool for Ecumenical Formation: Intensive English Summer Course

This course is offered to students admitted to one of the following courses: Complementary Certificate (CC) in Ecumenical Studies; Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Ecumenical Studies; Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Ecumenical Studies. Applicants who discern a need to enhance their English language proficiency, may apply to the course English as a Tool for Ecumenical Formation: Intensive English Summer Course taking place from mid-June until the beginning of the autumn semester. Read More…

Academic credits

ECTS credits are a value allocated to course units to describe the student workload required to complete them. They reflect the quantity of work each course requires in relation to the total quantity of work required to complete academic study at the institution. Read More…

 

Rev. Dr Ioan Sauca, Director

The director of the Ecumenical Institute is a priest of the Romanian Orthodox Church and lectures in missiology and ecumenical theology. He taught missiology and ecumenism in his home country at the Faculty of Theology in Sibiu, Romania. A graduate of the Ecumenical Institute, Sauca holds a Ph.D. in missiology from the University of Birmingham, England. Appointed director of the Ecumenical Institute in 2001, Sauca also heads the education and ecumenical formation programme of the WCC. On 3 June 2020, Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca has been appointed interim general secretary of the World Council of Churches by the WCC executive committee.
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Rev Dr Kuzipa Nalwamba, Professor of Ecumenical Social Ethics

Ordained in the United Church of Zambia (UCZ) Nalwamba holds PhD and MA (Theology) degrees from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, MTh (History of Christianity and Mission) and MDiv from Trinity Theological College, Singapore. She also holds a BA Ed. from the University of Zambia. She worked at the Council for World Mission and prior to that as lecturer and academic dean at the United Church of Zambia Theological College, staff at the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students and as high school teacher. Her research interests include Eco-theology and History of Christianity. She joined the Ecumenical Institute faculty in August 2019 and is also Programme Executive for Ecumenical Theological Education (ETE).
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Rev. Dr Simone Sinn, Professor of Ecumenical Theology

A theologian and ordained pastor seconded to the WCC from the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Simone Sinn holds a doctorate in systematic theology from the University of Münster. In her doctoral research, Sinn explored the theological and socio-political questions entangled in religious pluralism. From 2013 to 2018, Sinn worked in the theology department of the Lutheran World Federation in Geneva and coordinated international study processes and consultations in the area of public theology and interreligious relations. Sinn joined the faculty of the Ecumenical Institute in July 2018, combining teaching at Bossey with programme executive responsibility in the World Council of Churches’ Commission on Faith and Order. In August 2021, Sinn was appointed the Academic Dean.
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Rev. Fr Dr Lawrence Iwuamadi, Professor of Ecumenical Biblical Hermeneutics

A Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Owerri, Nigeria. Iwuamadi obtained his licentiate degree in Sacred Scriptures (SSL) from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and his Ph.D. in biblical theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University also in Rome. Before being appointed to the Ecumenical Institute in 2012 by the Vatican, he taught Fundamental Scriptures, Greek and New Testament Theology at the Seat of Wisdom Seminary in Owerri. The chair of Ecumenical Biblical Hermeneutics is supported by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU).

Rev. Dr Odair Pedroso Mateus, Professor of Ecumenical Theology

A pastor of the Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil, Mateus worked in the Office for Theology and Ecumenical Engagement in the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and edited its quarterly journal Reformed World. A graduate of the Ecumenical Institute, he holds a Ph.D. in theology from the Faculty of Protestant Theology of the Marc Bloch University, in Strasbourg, France. From 2007 he is lecturing at the Ecumenical Institute and participating in the work of WCC’s Faith and Order Commission. Since 2015 he also has been appointed Director of Faith and Order. His chair is supported by the US-based Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
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Rev. Dr Joo Mee Hur, Professor of Ecumenical Missiology

A pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK), she holds a PhD in Theology and Religion from Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU) Mainz, Germany, a ThM from Protestant Theological University (PThU), the Netherlands. From 2012 to 2018, she was a lecturer (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at the chair for Comparative Religion and Missiology, the Protestant Theology Faculty, JGU Mainz, Germany. She joined the Ecumenical Institute Bossey in August 2021. The chair of Ecumenical Missiology is supported by United Evangelical Mission (UEM), Council for World Mission (CWM), and Community of Churches in Mission (CEVAA).
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Dr. Vasile-Octavian Mihoc, Adjunct Professor

With educational background that is ecumenical, focusing on Systematic Theology and intercultural and interreligious issues, Mihoc holds a BA and MA from the Faculty of Orthodox Theology, University of Sibiu (Romania), and a PhD from the Faculty of Protestant Theology, University of Göttingen. Between 2013-2019, he was a Research and Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Roman Catholic Theology, University of Münster designing and teaching courses on topics like comparative Missiology, Ecumenics and the Study of Christian theology beyond Europe; religious identity and conversion; interreligious theology; methods and projects in comparative theology, and theological aesthetics. He joined the Ecumenical Institute in 2019 and also serves as the Programme Executive in charge of ecumenical relations of the World Council of Churches.
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Rev. Dr Benjamin Simon, Adjunct Professor

Ordained pastor of the Church of Baden (EKD, Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland) Simon is the Programme Executive for Church Relations of the World Council of Churches since March 2020. He was the chair for Ecumenical Missiology at the Ecumenical Institute Bossey since 2016 and is the managing editor of the International Review of Mission. He completed his Dr. theol. in Missiology and Intercultural Theology at the University of Heidelberg and his “habilitation” (Post-Doc) at the University of Mainz with the venia legendi in Religious Studies and Intercultural Theology. Simon published extensively in the field of Migration, Christianity in Africa and the Diaspora. Before joining WCC he was working as parish pastor, Ecumenical Officer of his church and as lecturer at the Makumira University College, Tanzania.
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Rev. Dr Simone Sinn, Academic Dean
E-mail: Simone.Sinn@wcc-coe.org

Bossey admissions: Bossey_Admissions@wcc-coe.org 

Ecumenical Institute at Château de Bossey
Chemin Chenevière 2
1279 Bogis-Bossey
Switzerland

Tel: +41 22 960 7300
Fax: +41 22 960 7367
E-mail: bossey@wcc-coe.org

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