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Ecumenical Relations

Eugene Carson Blake Scholarship to the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey

 

Eugene Carson Blake

The Reverend Dr. Eugene Carson Blake was the Stated Clerk of the United Presbyterian Church in the USA, an antecedent of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He was a pioneer in the ecumenical movement and went on to serve both the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches. After his death, family and friends created the Eugene Carson Blake Scholarship to support a North American student at the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey, Switzerland.

The General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations (CEIR) has been invited to nominate one Presbyterian Church (USA) student applying for admission for the upcoming academic year. Priority will be given to students under 40 who have at least an undergraduate degree in theology or two years of a Master of Divinity/Theology.

Apply Today- The Deadline is November 30

About the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey

 

 

The General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations (CEIR) has been invited to nominate one Presbyterian Church (USA) student applying for admission for the upcoming academic year. Priority will be given to students under 40 who have at least an undergraduate degree in theology or two years of a Master of Divinity/Theology.

Application Instructions

To request consideration for the nomination, complete the Bossey admission procedures and fulfill the application instructions to be nominated for the scholarship, then submit all materials to the CEIR at ecumenical.relations@pcusa.org.

Full scholarship support (tuition, room and board) is available for the:
  • Certificate of Advanced Studies in Ecumenical Studies (5 months)
  • Complementary Certificate in Ecumenical Studies (5 months)
  • The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Interreligious Studies (3 weeks personal learning, 3 weeks residential).
Application materials to be submitted to CEIR at everdith.landrau@pcusa.org:
  • Application form (name, contact information, home congregation and theological educational institution)
  • Copy of the complete Bossey application, including transcripts (in PDF or Word Documents)
  • Copies of letters of recommendation, submitted by those making the recommendations to PC(USA) office (these do not need to be rewritten/readdressed and can be submitted as email attachments)
  • An 800-1000 word essay about the significance of ecumenism and interfaith partnership in the life of the applicant, the applicant’s community, and the church broadly
Selection will be based on:
  • Members or active participation in PC(USA) congregations
  • Demonstrated commitment to or strong interest in ecumenical engagement
  • Potential for ecumenical and interfaith partnership with and on behalf of the church in the future
  • Academic ability
  • Candidates in seminary and or with a Bachelor’s degree are welcome to apply.

Deadline: November 30

Names of the nominee for the scholarship will be forwarded to the admission committee at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute, who grant final approval of applicants. Scholarship applicants will be informed of scholarship decisions following their admission to the Bossey program. 

For more information contact Everdith Landrau at ecumenical.relations@pcusa.org or 502-569-5037.

More information:

-Learn more about the Ecumenical Institute and download the application 
-Read a reflection on the Bossey experience by Bossey graduate Sabrina Slater
-More about the ministry of Eugene Carson Blake at the Presbyterian Historical Society
-Learn about the history of the Scholarship 

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