CAS Ecumenical Studies 2022

This CAS is for international constituency of theologians, and others, involved in ecumenical dialogue. The community life within a student body provides opportunities for deep insights on themes and challenges faced by changing ecclesial and religious landscape.

Information

Period

September 2022 - January 2023
25 ECTS credits
254 Teaching hours
Fall semester

Language

English

Format

On-site – switch over to online-learning if required

Contact

Location

Bossey

Registration

Registration deadline

30 November 2021

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development

Objectives

  • Study the issues at stake in the ecumenical movement through an interdisciplinary approach linking theory and practice
  • Understand the nature of the ecumenical studies as well as their place in a local, national and international society
  • Strengthen knowledge on ecumenical biblical hermeneutics, ecumenical missiology, ecumenical social ethics and ecumenical theology
  • Understand the past, present and future challenges of the ecumenical debate
  • Become aware of interdisciplinary approach of the ecumenical studies
  • Find constructive solutions linking theory to practice
  • Integrate in an ecumenical reflection

Audience

Theologian, pastor and professional of other disciplines with a suitable level of theological literacy

Programme

An intensive one-semester of study, research and community life

5 compulsory modules:

  • Core Course on the History of the Ecumenical Movement
  • Workshop on Intercultural Bible Study
  • Workshop on Practical Theology
  • Ecumenical Study Visits
  • Intensive Thematic Seminar

One module chosen out of the following:

  • Ecumenical Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Ecumenical Missiology
  • Ecumenical Social Ethics
  • Ecumenical Theology

Director(s)

Prof. Ghislain WATERLOT, Faculty of Theology, University of Geneva and Prof. Ioan SAUCA, Ecumenical Institute of Bossey

Coordinator(s)

Prof. Ioan SAUCA, Ecumenical Institute of Bossey

Diploma delivered jointly with

University of Geneva, Ecumenical Institute of Bossey

Description

The core course offers an overview of the genesis, development and institutionalisation of modern ecumenism, as well as an introduction to selected contemporary themes and challenges in relation to a globalised world and a changed ecclesial and religious landscape. The core course is conducted in form of plenary lectures and requires regular participation and a successful final oral exam.

Description

The workshop gives an opportunity to deepen exegetical competencies, an introduction to the plurality of Biblical contextual interpretation paradigms and an evaluation of their ecumenical relevance. The workshop requires regular participation and fulfilment of possible task assignments.

Description

The workshop provides a reflected experience on the historical-cultural modes of theological transmission, and more specifically on their (liturgical) communication and consideration of the ecumenical dimensions of translating theology practically. The workshop requires regular participation and fulfilment of possible task assignments.

Description

During the ecumenical study visit students will have an opportunity to gain a reflected practical insights and overviews on the way of practice, organization and spiritual life of the work of different ecumenical actors, particularly those of different Christian confessional traditions. The following visits are usually planned: the Orthodox Centre of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, Switzerland, the Vatican and Rome, Italy ; the Taizé Community, France ; and local parishes of the Reformed Protestant Church in Switzerland. The study visits require full participation and the submission of reports.

Description

The intensive thematic seminar offers space for critical analysis and in-depth study of a question of contemporary ecumenical relevance determined and designed specifically for each academic year. The seminar requires regular participation and fulfilment of possible task assignments.

Description

The module offers an intensive introduction and study of exegetical methods in relation to the biblical literature, as well as an initiation to biblical research with regard to the vision of reconciliation and human unity in general and of the Christian churches in particular.

Description

The module provides an intensive introduction and study of areas common to missiology (theology of mission), ecumenical theology or theology of religions.

Description

The module offers an intensive introduction and study of areas common to ecumenical theology, systematic theology and social science of religions, which pertain to the challenges arising from the complexity and plurality of globalised societies, as well as the exploration of ecumenical ethical responses.

Description

The module provides an intensive introduction and study of areas of ecumenical theological research on the search for ecclesial communion as the focal point of ecumenism.

Assessment

Each module of choice requires regular participation and fulfillment of all task assignments. Evaluation includes an oral exam and the writing of a research paper.

Admission criteria

University bachelor’s degree certificate in Christian theology, or in a closely related discipline.

Number of participants

Max. 40 participants

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development

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