International Ecumenical Centre

International Ecumenical Centre

Ökumenische und interreligiöse Perspektiven aus dem Ausland

Worldwide, over 80% of people are members of a religion. Faith communities often have a great deal of influence in their society. For many, their religious identity is more important than their nationality. Religions can be a factor for promoting both peace and violence. At the International Ecumenical Centre

  • We want to build conversations about faith and identity beyond nationalism, about religious activism worldwide and faith as a factor.
  • We want to look at the worldwide ecumenical movement: How do Christian churches cooperate to promote their faith? What unites or divides them? How can young people be empowered to take part in ecumenical cooperation?
  • We want to talk about participation and power in our churches and religious groups: How do we allocate power in church entities? How do we deal with structures of injustice and violence? Do we need change and what could it look like?

The International Ecumenical Centre is a place for international participants to contribute their own faith and interfaith topics, a place to meet and share ideas and arguments, to appreciate diversity and grow in unity. We are especially inviting interfaith as well as ecumenical cooperation.

Please send us your application by 15 August 2020.

Please read before you start your application

To prepare for an application, we ask you to read the following documents carefully:

call for applications
international ecumenical centre

conditions for contributing: panels​​​​​​​


Please download the application form for the International Ecumenical Centre and send the completed PDF form via email to Christoph Krenzer (iec(at) The closing date for applications is 15 August 2020. By early November at the latest, we will inform you whether your application has been accepted.

download the application form


ÖKT is dependent on volunteers to make it happen. All participants who want to get involved in the overall program of the 3rd ÖKT can make an active contribution. Following approval of your application, every member of the group will be offered a contributor’s admission pass at EUR 26 per person (not including travel pass). In comparison to the full cost of an ÖKT admission pass (EUR 98) this represents a considerable discount and grants admission to all ÖKT events. A ticket for public transport in Frankfurt can be ordered with the registration at an expected additional cost of EUR 8.

What is ÖKT?

The Ecumenical Kirchentag (ÖKT) is a joint event of the German Protestant Kirchentag (DEKT) and the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK). It will take place from 12 – 16 May 2021 in Frankfurt am Main. Over five days, over 100,000 people of all ages, different religions and different origins will celebrate a festival of faith together.

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.

More information

The deadline for application is 15 August 2020

Please read carefully the Conditions for Contributing and the Call for Applications provided above.

Do you have questions?

We are glad to help. Just contact us by email:

E-Mail: iec(at)