Katye Dunn of the Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary has been chosen this year to represent The United Methodist Church at the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey for a 5-month study and certificate program in ecumenism.
Founded by the World Council of Churches, Bossey is an international centre for ecumenical study and dialogue located outside of Geneva, Switzerland. Church leaders from denominations from around the world live and study together in an immersive multicultural program to engage in religious unity and promote interfaith problem solving in the 21st century.
Every year, one United Methodist representative is selected to attend the institute. Katye has also been granted $10,000 toward the cost of transportation and tuition. Upon return, she will be invited to write a reflection paper and lead a presentation on her experience.
Katye is currently completing her residency at Arkansas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church and is an Associate Pastor with Youth & Their Families at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church in Little Rock, AR.
Katye has arrived in Switzerland and is documenting her ecumenical journey. Upon arriving, Katye described the unique opportunities for interreligious dialogue.In her post “Bonjour!,” she writes of the lessons during the first few days of orientation, “We celebrate our common humanity, our common rootedness in Christ, and our common desire to work for Christian unity. But we are also learning to celebrate the things that we hold in tension.”
Follow her experiences at Bossey and travel adventures in Europe on her blog “Wine and Cheese and Chocolate, Oh my!” at https://katyebird.wordpress.com/.
Join us in wishing Katye the best during her time at Bossey and pray for her safe travels during her educational voyage.