The Ecumenical Institute was inaugurated in 1946 at the scenic Château de Bossey near Geneva. The Ecumenical Institute is a unique place for ecumenical theological education. A part of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and connected to the University of Geneva, the Ecumenical Institute offers five distinct study programs at the graduate level. It plays a major role in shaping ecumenical thought through intercultural and interconfessional encounter, study in residential programs, and common worship and life in community. It was founded, in part, through the ecumenical vision of the Swiss theologian Adolf Keller, one of the pioneers of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches FSPC.