CAS Ecumenical Studies
PeriodSeptember 2023 - January 2024
FormatOn-site – switch over to online-learning if required
Registration deadline30 November 2022
- 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
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
Prof. Elisabeth GANGLOFF PARMENTIER, Faculty of Theology, University of Geneva and Prof. Ioan SAUCA, Ecumenical Institute of Bossey
Diploma delivered jointly by
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The module provides an intensive introduction and study of areas common to missiology (theology of mission), ecumenical theology or theology of religions.
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.
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.
University bachelor’s degree certificate in Christian theology, or in a closely related discipline.