ComUnitySpirit

Bahá’í Zentrum

Heilandskirche

Evangelisch-methodistische Kirche

Friedens-Stupa


im Volksgartenpark

Priesterseminar

Koptisch-orthodoxe Kirche


St. Johannes der Täufer

Grazer Dom


Kathedrale, Bischofskirche und Pfarrkirche Hl. Ägydius

Platz der Versöhnung

Leechkirche


Maria Himmelfahrt am Leech

Grazer Synagoge

She Drup Ling


Buddhistisches Zentrum

Buddhistisches Zentrum


Bad Gams

Friedliches Zusammenleben


der Religionen in Europa

Program of the Interreligious Conference Graz 2013

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    God and Transcendence The Individual and Society World and Global Responsibilty  
Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
8-9 AM Registration (Conference center)
9-10 AM
Opening plenary session
(Conference center)

Keynote addresses

Dr.in Karin Kneissl:
God's power and Caesar's power: the difficult relationship between political and spiritual power

Prof. DDr. Johann Figl:
In what ways can Religions give orientation and guidance today and for the future?

Plenary session
(Conference center)

Keynote addresses

Prof.in Susanne Heine
Perceiving and respecting differences. A social responsibility

Prof. Roberto Catalano: Individual and communities: Dialogue between challenges and prophecy

Plenary session
(Conference center)


Keynote addresses

Dr.in Carole Reich:
The Council of Europe Exchanges

Dr. Mustafa Ceric
Religion for Peace

10-10:30 AM Coffee break/change of location Coffee break/change of location Coffee break/change of location
10:30-12:00 AM

Workshops-morning session
Conference center/ Town Hall

Workshops-morning session
Conference center/ Town Hall

Workshops-morning session
Conference center/ Town Hall

12:00-1:30 PM Arrival of participants Lunch break / Opportunity for prayer Lunch break / Invitation to Friday prayer at the mosque* Lunch break / Opportunity for prayer Departure of participants
1:30-2:30 PM

Panel discussion
"God and Transcendence"
(Conference center)

Panel discussion
"Religion and gender aspects"
(Conference center)

Closing plenary session
(City Council Chamber, Town Hall)

2:30-3 PM   Coffee break/change of location Coffee break/change of location
3-4:15 PM

Workshops-afternoon session
(Conference center / Town Hall)

Workshops-afternoon session
(Conference center / Town Hall)

3-5 PM
Interreligious City Tour
(German/English)
Historical City Tour
(German/ English)


5 PM Dinner


Songs of Spirit Festival
Choir Parade (City center)

4:15-4:30 PM   Change of location Change of location
4:30-5:30 PM

Closing plenary session
(Conference center)

Closing plenary session
(Conference center)

6-7 PM   Dinner Dinner    
7-8:45 PM Opening Ceremony
(Minoritensäle)

7:30 PM Specialist lecture
Prof. Dr. Karl-Josef Kuschel
World Religions and Global Ethic in the Era of Globalization (Synaguogue)

7:30 PM Interfaith encounter
(St. Lukas church)


8 PM Messa da Requiem Stefaniensaal


8 PM Film Screening:
"The Cup" Kunsthaus


9:30 PM The Rosary Electronic Music and Light Performance (St. Andrä church)

6.30 PM "Sounding Schlossberg" Musical path up the Castle Mountain Choirs of the Songs of Spirit Festival  

8:45-9 PM

Break with possibility of fast-breaking* possibility of fast-breaking*  
From 9 PM

Welcome Reception (Minoritensäle)

Questions and moderated discussion with Prof. Kuschel after the lecture


7.30 PM- 10.30 PM
Grand Interreligious Closing Ceremony "Com Unity Spirit"
(Kasematten stage on top of the Schlossberg)


 
From 9PM Invitation of Muslim participants to the mosque (Laubgasse) From 9PM Invitation of Muslim participants to the mosque (Gmeinstraße)  
 

17:00- 24:00
Songs of Spirit Festival
Long Night of Choir Concerts

 

   
     
* Möglichkeit zum Gebet bzw. Fastenbrechen für muslimische Teilnehmer      

Program of the Interreligious Conference Com Unity Spirit 2013

Overall moderation ot the Conference: Mag. Johannes Kaup

Wed, July 17

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7-8:45 PM

Opening Ceremony of the Interreligious Conference Com Unity Spirit

    Minoritensäle (http://www.minoritensaal.at/)
Interlude: Choirs of the Songs of Spirit Festival Rivka Saltiel (Jewish songs)
accompanied by Kurt Bauer on the violin
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8:45-9 PM   Break with possibility of fast-breaking for Muslim participants
From 9 PM   Welcome Reception Minoritensäle (http://www.minoritensaal.at/)

Thu, July 18

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8-9 AM

Registration of participants at the reception desk in the foyer of the conference center
http://www.museum-joanneum.at/en/kunsthaus/kunsthaus-graz-5

9-10 AM

Opening plenary session
(Conference center )

  Keynote addresses: Dr. Karin Kneissl: God's power and Caesar's power: the difficult relationship between political and spiritual power
Prof. DDr. Johann Figl: In which ways can Religions give orientation and guidance today and for the future?
10-10:30 AM Coffee break/change of location

10:30-12 AM

6 concurrent workshops on the day's theme "God and Transcendence"- morning session (Conference center/ Town Hall)

  1.1 The significance of the conception of God for humans:
Why God, why Transcendence?
  1.2 Religions and Spirituality:
What distinguishes a religious person?
  1.3 Self image of religions and perception of others:
What is the meaning of terms like "Nirvana", "Trinity" or "Devotion"…?
  1.4 Identity – Rites – Symbols:
To what extent are religious symbols and rites legitimate in the public sphere?
  1.5 Mature and communicative religious belief:
How do religious people position themselves between the polar opposites of fundamentalism and indifference?
  1.6 Freedom of religion, criticism of religion, converting to another religion:
How is the human right to freedom of religion implemented on a political, state level and within the respective faith communities themselves?
12:00-1:30 PM Lunch break with invitation to selected restaurants in the vicinity of the conference center.
Possibility of Dhuhr prayer for Muslim participants in the prayer room at the conference center

1:30-2:30PM

Panel discussion "God and Transcendence" (Conference center)

  • Univ. Prof. Dr. Ednan Aslan, M.A., Professor for Islamic Religious Education at the University of Vienna
  • Prof. Dr. Reinhold Bernhardt- Professor for Systematic Theology / Dogmatics at the Unversity Baseln Gesellschaft für Religionswissenschaft und Professor für Islamwissenschaft an der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz.
  • Dr. Jamie Cresswell- President of the European Buddhist Union EBU
  • Hon. Prof. Dr. Walter Homolka- Executive Director of the Abraham Geiger College at Potsdam University, and Professor at its Department for Philosophy
  • Imam Benjamin Idriz- Chairman of the association"Centre of Islam in Europe, Munich", and Imam of Penzberg
  • Prof. Dr. Elpidophoros Lambriniadis- His Eminence Metropolitan of Bursa and Exarch of Bithynia
  • Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.theol. Karl Prenner- Vice Chairman of the Austrian Society for Religious Studies and Professor for Islamic Studies at the Graz University
2:30-3 PM Coffee break/change of location

3-4:15 PM

Workshop - afternoon session (Conference center/ Town Hall )

4:15-4:30 PM Change of location

4:30-5:30 PM

Closing plenary session (Conference center)

6-7 PM Dinner invitation to selected restaurants in the vicinity of the conference center.


Evening program



7-7:30 PM Doors open at 7 PM

7:30-8:45 PM

Specialist lecture in the Graz Synagogue

    Prof. Dr. Karl-Josef Kuschel, University of Thübingen, Germany
"World Religions and Global Ethic in the Era of Globalization"

Interlude: Choir of the Songs of Spirit Festival: Mixed Choir Group Marupia, Latvia Klezmer Duo of the Graz University of Music and Performing Arts
8:45-9:00 PM Possibility of fast-breaking for Muslim participants
9:10 PM Questions and discussion with Prof. Dr. Kuschel
From 9 PM Invitation of Muslim participants to the mosque (Laubgasse)

From 5 PM

Cultural side program: Songs of Spirit Festival , "Long Night of Choir Concerts"

Fri, July, 19

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9-10 AM

Plenary session
(Conference center )

  Keynote addresses Prof.in Susanne Heine:
Perceiving and respecting differences. A social responsibility
Prof. Roberto Catalano:
Individuals and communities: Dialogue between challenges and prophecy
10-10:30 AM Coffee break/change of location

10:30-12 AM

Six concurrent workshops on the day's theme "The Individual and Society"- morning session
(Conference center/ Town Hall )

  2.1 The responsibility of religions in the public sphere:
To what extent should and would faith communities participate in political life?
  2.2 Coexistence in religious diversity:
What are the challenges and are there any inspiring initiatives?
  2.3 Religions and gender:
What are the paths to more equality between the genders in the faith communities and in society at large?
  2.4 Partnership, family and sexuality:
In which way do religions contribute to building interpersonal relationships embodied with human values and dignity?
  2.5 Salvation and healing:
How are the various notions of religious salvation linked to our health?
  2.6 "Teaching Religion":
To what extent is religious education a public responsibility and service?
12:30-1 PM Lunch break with invitation to selected restaurants in the vicinity of the conference center
Invitation to Friday prayer for Muslim participants at the mosque (Josef-Huber Gasse)

1:30-2:30 PM

Panel discussion "Religion and gender aspects"(Conference center)

  • Dr.in Clare Amos, Pro­gramme Coordinator for Interreligious Dialogue and Coope­ation at the World Cou­cil of Churches
  • Mrs. Amina Baghajati, Women's Representative of the Islamic Faith Community of Austria
  • Sr. Dr.in Beatrix Mayrhofer, President of the  Association of the Austrian Orders of the Nuns
  • Hamideh Mohaghegi, MA, University of Paderborn, HUDA-  Network for Muslim Women
  • Parstor Anke Neuenfeldt- Pastor of the Methodist Church Graz
  • Dr. Eva Zeller- Zellenberg, former Vice President of the Austrian Buddhist Religious Community, Vienna
2:30-3 PM Coffee break/change of location

3-4:15 PM

Workshop - afternoon session (Conference center/ Town Hall )

4:15-4:30 PM Change of location

4:30-5:30 PM

Closing plenary session (Conference center)

6-7 PM Dinner invitation to selected restaurants in the vicinity of the conference center.
From 9 PM Invitation of Muslim participants to the mosque (Gmeinstraße) http://www.dzematbosnjak.at/


Evening cultural side program:

7:30 PM The interfaith encounters of St. Lukas
    Spiritual Oriental Music by Belfahem Hisham, discussion on 15 years of genuine encounters between faith communities, St. Lucas Church, Eggenbergergürtel 76, 8020 Graz, Friday, July 19, 7:30 PM, free admission, no registration needed
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7:30 PM Songs of Spirit Festivals:
    Messa da Requiem by Guiseppe Verdi (Stefaniensaal)
8:00 PM Film Creening: "the Cup"
    German version Directed by Khyentse Norbu. The plot involves two young football- crazed Tibetan refugee novice monks in a remote Himalayan monastery in India who desperately try to obtain a television for the monastery to watch the 1998 World Cup finals. Conference Center Kunsthaus Space 04, Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz Friday, July 19, 8-10 PM, free admission Registration at: n.baloch@aai-graz.at
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9:30 PM The Rosary – Electronic Music and Light Performance
    Musik - Bruno Degazio Installation - Henry Jesionka
Friday, July 19, 9:30 PM
St. Andrä church, Kernstockgasse 9, 8020 Graz
free admission, no registration needed.
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Sat, July 20

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9-10 AM

Plenary session
(Conference center )

  Keynote addresses Dr.in Carole Reich, Council of Europe: The Council of Europe Exchanges
Dr. Mustafa Ceric, , Grandmufti Emeritus of Bosnia and Herzegovina: Religion for Peace
10-10:30 AM Coffee break/change of location

10:30-12 AM

Six concurrent workshops on the day's theme "World and Global Responsibility " (Conference center/ Town Hal )

  3.1 Interfaith dialogue:
Who communicates with whom about what ? Why? To what purpose and under what conditions?
  3.2 Responsibility for the world:
What potential do the religions offer for a global future worth living in?
  3.3 Religions and politics:
Is religion a private matter?
  3.4 Religions and Human Rights:
Can faith communities convincingly commit to advocating for Human Rights?
  3.5 Religions and young people:
How can we succeed in offering constructive guidance?
  3.6 Religions and the media:
How can the scope and enormous power of the media be utilized best?
12:30-1 PM Lunch break with invitation to selected restaurants in the vicinity of the conference center Possibility of Dhuhr prayer for Muslim participants in the prayer room at the conference center

1:30-2:30 PM

Closing plenary session of the conference (City Council Chamber, Town Hall)



Cultural side program:

3-5 PM

Interreligious City Tour (German/English)
Historical City Tour (German/ English)
Songs of Spirit Festival: Choir Parade (City center)

3:30 PM Exhibition "Kultur:Stadt" (Kunsthaus, guided tour)

5 PM Dinner invitation to selected restaurants in the vicinity of the conference center

6.30-7.30 PM

"Sounding Schlossberg"
Musical path up the castle hill in the town center leading to the Kasematten stage as venue of the closing ceremony on top of the Schlossberg; Choirs of the Songs of Spirit Festival
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7.30-10:30 PM Grand Interreligious Closing Ceremony of the Interreligious Conference Com Unity Spirit & the Songs of Spirit Festival
(including common fast-breaking) (Kasematten stage on top of the Schlossberg)
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