Bossey Online Course in Ecumenical Studies

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ECUMENICAL INSTITUTE

PART OF THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES

ATTACHED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF GENEVA

 

BOSSEY ONLINE COURSE IN ECUMENICL STUDIES

20 MARCH - 11 JUNE 2023

TOGETHER TOWARDS UNITY - BEING CHURCH IN A FRAGMENTED WORLD

The online course invites students to explore the biblical, theological, ethical, societal, interreligious and missiological dimensions of ecumenism. This new online course builds on the long established Ecumenical Studies courses at Bossey of addressing the current changing dynamics and configurations of ecumenism through a new medium.

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.

TARGET AUDIENCE

International audience of young theologians and laypersons with a suitable level of ecumenical literacy and/or experience in the field of ecumenical dialogue and engagement. A minimum of six university semesters’ studies in theology or a related field is required.

CONTENT OF THE ONLINE COURSE IN ECUMENICAL STUDIES

The title of the new online course is “Together Towards Unity. Being Church in a Fragmented World.” This theme will be explored in five modules:

Module 1: Engaging in Dialogue to Build Communion and Solidarity

Module 2: Scripture, Hermeneutics and Ecumenical Spirituality – Biblical Interpretation for Christian Unity

Module 3: Ecological Reformation: Rethinking Theological and Ethical Frameworks

Module 4: Church, Society and Mission - Responding to Challenges in Today’s World

Module 5: Celebrating Unity in Diversity: Dynamic Understanding and Complementary Approach in Ecumenical Missiology

METHODOLOGY OF THE ONLINE COURSE IN ECUMENICAL STUDIES

The study programme is a 10-weeks online course. There will be a break for Holy Week/Easter 3-17 April 2023. Each module will be studied for two weeks. Each of them consists of the following elements:

  • A series of video lectures on each theme. These lectures connect contemporary dynamics with insights from the history of the ecumenical movement. They explore key concepts in the thematic field and articulate perspectives from different church traditions. These video lectures are pre-recorded and can be watched at different times.
  • Required and optional reading. These academic articles help to deepen knowledge in each field.
  • Reflection on the reading material. There will be guiding questions for the students in order to engage with the literature. Students are required to hand in brief written reflections on the required reading material.
  • Assignment for contextual exploration. For each module, students will receive an assignment that invites them to get in touch with another community/ study a topical issue within their local context. These local study visits and explorations will be shared in the group.
  • Joint seminar session. Each week on Wednesday afternoon (CET) the module coordinator and the students will gather for a joint seminar session.
  • In order to round up the course there will be a quiz at the end.

GENERAL STUDENT APPLICATION FORM GUIDELINES

The on-line application form must be filled in English language by the applicant. The course takes place in English.

 The Ecumenical Institute uses multiple criteria when selecting students for admission including:

  • affinity between the applicant’s ecumenical motivation/plans and the ecumenical teaching and research carried out at the Ecumenical Institute;
  • intention of the applicant’s church to make the best possible use of his/her ecumenical studies and experience in the future;
  • aim to create a balanced student body, especially in terms of geographic context, church tradition and gender.

Three weeks before the start of the course, all applicants are informed in writing about the admission/non-admission decision. The course fee is EUR 100.00 (can be reduced in specific cases). The course fee will be due immediately after receiving admission letter to the course.

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION

The on-line application form requires uploading electronically scanned documents listed below.  Use the full name of your passport/identity documents. All documentation for your application dossier is identified by you surname/family name.The academic documents are accepted in one of the following languages: English OR French OR German OR Italian OR Spanish. Documents in any other languages must be translated by an officially registered translator into English.

Documents to be uploaded:

  • One (1) passport-size photograph in digital form;
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) listing your academic, professional and church/ecumenical experience in English;
  • A copy of the upper secondary school certificate and transcript of records;
  • A copy of a university Bachelor’s or Master’s or Doctoral degree certificate and a transcript of academic records, in Christian theology, or in a closely related discipline;
  • A personal statement of 600 words exposing your ecumenical motivation and plans and how studying at the Ecumenical Institute relates to these;
  • A recommendation letter from your church leadership.

CLOSING DATE 28 FEBRUARY 2023.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST AND APPLICATION!