What is ÖKT?

Frequently asked questions on the 3rd Ecumenical Kirchentag

The 3rd Ecumenical Kirchentag (ÖKT) will be adapted to the new conditions changed due to the pandemic situation.

Yes, but differently - and adapted to the Corona pandemic. More digital, more focused and at the same time so decentralised that many congregations, organisations and friends of the Ecumenical Kirchentag can also get involved. Especially in times of crisis, encounter, dialogue and community are important for social cohesion. The 3rd Ecumenical Kirchentag offers an opportunity to give a platform to those who are seriously struggling to preserve our democratic constitution, our peaceful coexistence and the ecological foundations of life. This opportunity should be seized, because the motto "take a look" calls on us to take responsibility in a Christian way.

The programme of the 3rd ÖKT is becoming more concise. As a result of the Corona pandemic, new questions and challenges are coming into focus. These will be of particular importance. The exchange will continue to be public, participatory and controversial: What holds our society together? How sustainable is our economic system? How can Integrity of Creation still be preserved? How are churches and our ways of living the Christian faith changing? The unique mix of socio-political, spiritual and cultural programme will be maintained.

The programme is presented in the spring before the event.

Yes, we are planning:

  • an Ascension Day service on Thursday in Frankfurt, which will be broadcasted throughout Germany
  • a kick-off event on Friday, combined with individual complementary formats from Frankfurt
  • a Saturday with a focused, digital programme - and many exciting places in Frankfurt
  • a closing service in Frankfurt, broadcasted throughout Germany.
  • The service on Wednesday evening and the evening of encounters will be cancelled.

The conditions of participation are currently being adapted to the new concept. If you don't want to miss anything, write us an e-mail (international(at)oekt.de) and we will inform you as soon as registration is open.

General FAQ

The 3rd Ecumenical Kirchentag Frankfurt 2021 is organized by the German Protestant Kirchentag (DEKT) and the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK). It takes place in Frankfurt am Main at the invitation of the Protestant Church in Hessen and Nassau (EKHN) and the Diocese of Limburg. Co-hosts are the Protestant Church of Kurhessen-Waldeck, the dioceses of Mainz and Fulda and the ACK Hessen-Rheinhessen.

For the organizational implementation of the 3rd Ecumenical Kirchentag Frankfurt 2021, an implementing organisation has been established as a legal entity, the “3rd Ökumenischer Kirchentag Frankfurt 2021 e. V.”. Its task is to ensure the organizational, legal and financial requirements for the preparation and implementation of the Ecumenical Kirchentag.

The Ecumenical Kirchentag is a joint event of the German Protestant Kirchentag (DEKT) and the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK). It will take place in Frankfurt am Main in May 2021.

The Ecumenical Kirchentag is a platform for intensive discussion about questions of faith, spirituality and ecumenism and a forum for critical debate about current social issues. Worship services, large and small panels, workshops, concerts, exhibitions, theater performances and much more invite the participants to join in, think, participate, pray and celebrate together.

The Ecumenical Kirchentag 2021 in Frankfurt is the third Ecumenical Kirchentag after Berlin 2003 and Munich 2010.


The 3rd Ecumenical Kirchentag 2021 in Frankfurt/Main is an event for everyone! Numerous standards have already been established at the Kirchentag and Katholikentag. For the ÖKT, we are taking on and organizing the following:

  • decentralised service points with advice on barrier-free participation  
  • decentralized lending of aids at service points  
  • multilingualism of advisors at service points  
  • meeting café and barrier-free café/catering facilities  
  • driving and escort service  
  • advice on accessible use of public transport
  • relaxation rooms  
  • barrier-free toilets and care facilities  
  • barrier-free accommodations  
  • interpreting in German sign language (DGS) and other sign languages if necessary  
  • letter interpreting  
  • programme items in simple German
  • participatory offers  
  • (reserved) seats  
  • trained helpers – and employees   
  • barrier-free communication to all service offers  

... and much more!

Please understand that we are currently unable to provide more detailed information about these offerings. If you have urgent questions, please send them to barrierefrei(at)oekt.de.


From the environmental policy of the 3rd Ecumenical Kirchentag: "For the preparation and follow-up, implementation and administration, we see ourselves as having a duty to deal responsibly with our basis of life, the planet earth or God's creation. Our actions should be sustainable, i.e. in harmony with environmental protection, socially just conditions and economic efficiency". In order to make these efforts transparent, ÖKT is striving for certification according to EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme). Some of the basic principles of the ÖKT's environmental policy are: the avoidance and consistent separation of waste, the procurement of bio-regional-fair food, public relations work to raise awareness of the topic, low-emission transportation of people and materials, the use of green electricity and much more.

With the cooperation of everyone!

Everyone supports environmental protection at the 3rd Ecumenical Kirchentag! Those who travel by train instead of alone in their cars reduce emissions. Those who offer fair and seasonal organic products from the region at the food stand not only support the local economy but also promote biodiversity. Everyone can make an important contribution to an environmentally friendly ÖKT. We are therefore also happy to receive feedback, ideas and suggestions at umwelt(at)oekt.de.

The General Terms and Conditions (GTC) of the Ecumenical Kirchentag can be found here.