The preachers at the main church services of the Ecumenical Kirchentag have been chosen.
The preparations for the 3rd Ecumenical Church Congress 2021 (ÖKT) are entering their final lap. The people who will provide important spiritual input through their sermons in the two central acts of worship at the beginning and at the end of the ÖKT have now been chosen. The selection was made with a view to reflecting a wide range of perspectives within Christian traditions.
At the service on Ascension Day the preacher will be Brother Alois, Prior of the Taizé Community, one of the best-known ecumenical voices in Europe. The service will be held on May 13th on a skyscraper roof in central Frankfurt. It will be broadcast live in the first instance and live streamed on oekt.de. Participation "on site" will not be possible due to the pandemic.
The double act of Sister Dr. Katharina Ganz, Superior General of the Oberzeller Franciscan Sisters and the Methodist Pastor Mareike Bloedt will preach in the closing service of the ÖKT. The service at the Weseler Werft in Frankfurt will be broadcast live on ZDF on May 16th at 10 a.m. It will be led by Dr. Georg Bätzing (Bishop of Limburg), Volker Jung (president of the Evangelical Church in Hesse and Nassau), and the Greek Orthodox archpriest Radu Constantin Miron, who is also chairman of the national Council of Churches in Germany (ACK).
The complete program of the 3rd Ecumenical Kirchentag, which will be celebrated digitally and locally, will be launched on March 30th. In addition to live-streamed events, there are also plans for digital workshops and meetings. Nationwide many parishes, societies and organisations will be celebrating the ÖKT from 13th to 16th May with their own events.