The general secretary of the World Council of Churches, Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay, will join His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in offering opening greetings to the event, alongside Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, and Bishop Dr Thomas Schirrmacher, general secretary of the World Evangelical Alliance.
The webinar comes as the Christian world is preparing to celebrate in 2025 the 1700th anniversary of the Council of Nicaea, which brought together for the first time bishops representing the whole of Christendom.
The event is being supported by the Pasqua Together 2025 (Easter Together 2025) initiative, which is calling for all churches to celebrate Easter on the same date, as currently Eastern and Western Christianity have different ways of calculating when Easter should fall.
As well as marking the anniversary of the Council of Nicaea, 2025 is one of the years when all churches celebrate Easter on the same date.
Other speakers at the webinar will reflect on the Council of Nicaea as a new Pentecost, understanding the Nicene Creed, Nicaea and the challenges of the churches’ global mission today, and many other topics.
Interpretation is being offered into Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Italian.