World Council oh Churches: Engaging for Just and Participatory Societies – Belongingness in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Intended for an international audience of young people (ages 20-35) interested and engaged in interreligious dialogue, religious leaders, students, lay persons and professionals with a suitable level of religious literacy and/or experience in the field of interreligious dialogue and engagement, especially among the three Abrahamic religions, the Ecumenical Institute’s Certificate of Advanced Studies in Interreligious Studies is accredited by the University of Geneva under the Swiss Higher Education Programme for Continuing Education.
The course encompasses a study period of 6 weeks (3 weeks distance learning, 3 weeks residential). The residential period includes lectures, courses, workshops and study visits to places of interreligious interest.
The theme of the 2019 interreligious summer course is Engaging for just and participatory societies – Belongingness in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, chosen to address the vital question of the role of religions in society today. People of faith build community so that people from different backgrounds find home and belonging, and at the same time they have a public role and function through which they contribute to society as a whole
The hallmark of this CAS-IS programme is that it is constituted of an international group of Jews, Christians and Muslims, both within the student body, as well as the teaching body. Courses are conducted by professors of the Ecumenical Institute and experts of the World Council of Churches in collaboration with the Autonomous Faculty of Protestant Theology of the University of Geneva and Jewish and Muslim partners.
The interfaith course takes place annually with the long-term objective to continually build the capacity of younger religious leaders for inter-religious dialogue and collaboration. The 2019 course will be the 12th such event since 2007. The course has provided formation for over 230 participants to date.