Educational courses and events

    Mission 21 believes that its global programme and project work is inseparably linked to its educational work in Switzerland. Our educational offerings offer insights into interrelated global issues and cross-border experiences. And you'll gain inspiration that will empower and encourage you to take action in solidarity. Our educational offerings are certified with the EduQua label.

    Educational courses

    We offer an extensive range of courses for adults and young people with the focus on these subjects: Religion and Development Cooperation, The Worldwide Church, and Interfaith Peace Work. Dates and times by agreement; we can conduct your preferred courses at your location or on our own premises.

    ► 2019 course program (German)


    Courses for adults

    Mission and development cooperation

    What potential does religion offer for development cooperation? What can we learn from a critical appraisal of mission history? And what understanding of mission and development provides the basis for our work today? – We'll gladly examine these and other questions in depth with you.

    ► Course programme: Mission and development cooperation (German) as PDF


    The Worldwide Church

    Most Christians live outside Europe. There are many different cultures in the world, and faith is expressed and lived in just as many different ways. We join with you to explore this diversity and discover exciting inspirations that you can contribute to your day-to-day life in the church and in society.

    ► Course programme: The Worldwide Church (German) as PDF

    Interfaith peace work

    We live and work in an increasingly pluralistic society. Which intercultural skills are helpful in this context? And which conditions must be met so that peaceful coexistence with other religions can succeed? These topics and more besides are waiting for you to discover in our programme of courses on interfaith peace work.

    ► Course programme: Interfaith and intercultural peace work (German) as PDF


    Courses for young people

    Are you looking for a course on justice for a confirmation class? Would you like to work on the subject of reconciliation with your school class? Does your youth group want an entertaining introduction to fair trade, or perhaps you want to raise awareness about intercultural dialogue? You'll find the right courses here – in compact form, or as one-day workshops.

    ► Course programme for young adults (German) as PDF

    Course instructors

    Claudia Buess

    Programme manager educational events
    Team Education Exchange Research

    Christian Weber

    Study leader
    Team Education Exchange Research

    Heidi Zingg Knöpfli

    Study leader
    Team Education Exchange Research


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    Encounter trips

    Mission 21 organises encounter trips to its partner churches and partner organisations. These trips give participants a vivid picture of Mission 21's development cooperation work. They offer insights into our project work and the relationships with our local partners that have developed during our long history. Stimulating encounters with people on the ground enrich this programme, which also enables participants to get to know a country's geographical and social diversity.

    ► Encounter trip to Bolivia and Peru, November 2019 (PDF, in German)

    Christa Nadler

    Responsible Programme Officer, Education and Speaker Referral
    Tel.:+41 (0)61 260 22 67
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    Mission 21 offers sabbaticals for pastors in Costa Rica, Cameroon, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Japan. These sabbaticals last from one to three months; they include participation in academic events and the chance to become acquainted with churches and projects, as well as occasional involvement in work on the ground. Mission 21 provides advice, arranges contacts, and offers preparation and evaluation.

    ► Sabbaticals in Costa Rica (PDF)

    ► Sabbaticals in Kamerun (PDF)

    ► Sabbaticals in Hongkong (PDF)

    ► Sabbaticals in Indonesien (PDF)

    ► Sabbaticals in Japan (PDF)


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    Christian Weber

    Director of Studies, Mission 21
    Tel.:+41 (0)61 260 22 60
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