Bahá’í Zentrum


Evangelisch-methodistische Kirche


im Volksgartenpark


Koptisch-orthodoxe Kirche

St. Johannes der Täufer

Grazer Dom

Kathedrale, Bischofskirche und Pfarrkirche Hl. Ägydius

Platz der Versöhnung


Maria Himmelfahrt am Leech

Grazer Synagoge

She Drup Ling

Buddhistisches Zentrum

Buddhistisches Zentrum

Bad Gams

Friedliches Zusammenleben

der Religionen in Europa


Date: July, 17- 20, 2013
Venue: Museum of Mod­ern Art and City Hall, Graz, Aus­tria
Host: The city of Graz
Organ­iser: Afro-Asian Insti­tute Graz


The endorse­ment of an encounter between peo­ple of dif­fer­ent cul­tures and reli­gions has a long and promis­ing tra­di­tion in Graz. And this is why the city of Graz jus­ti­fi­ably and proudly holds the title “City of Human Rights”.  Among such  inter­cul­tural and inter­re­li­gious mile­stones in our city were the found­ing of the found­ing of the Afro- Asian Insti­tute in 1964; the hold­ing of the 2nd Euro­pean Ecu­meni­cal Assem­bly (1997); the found­ing of the Office for Peace and Devel­op­ment  (1988); a dynamic Christian- Jew­ish dia­logue which led to the rebuild­ing of the Graz Syn­a­gogue (2000); the World Bud­dhist Meet­ing and visit of the Dalai Lama (2002); the Inter­re­li­gious Con­fer­ence in coop­er­a­tion with the city of Sara­jevo (2003); the Euro­pean Con­fer­ence of Mus­lim Imams (2003); the found­ing of the Inter­re­li­gious Advi­sory Coun­cil of the City of Graz (2006), as well as the estab­lish­ment of a Mus­lim ceme­tery as part of the Graz cen­tral ceme­tery (2010).

In July, 2013 Graz will hold the Inter­re­li­gious Con­fer­ence with the aim of mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion to the peace­ful coex­is­tence of the dif­fer­ent faith com­mu­ni­ties in Europe. 150 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from var­i­ous faith com­mu­ni­ties and Uni­ver­sity experts from the respec­tive fields of study will meet, dis­cuss and share their exper­tise and views on top­ics rel­e­vant to the peace­ful coex­is­tence of reli­gions and cul­tures in Europe. Con­sen­su­ally the par­tic­i­pants will work out a Graz Mes­sage of Peace to pro­mote the peace­ful coex­is­tence of the dif­fer­ent cul­tures and reli­gions. The Graz Peace Mes­sage is intended to be a use­ful guide for faith com­mu­ni­ties, insti­tu­tions and munic­i­pal­i­ties in Europe.

The conference’s ambi­tious pro­gram includes the fol­low­ing for­mats:

• Fes­tive Open­ing Recep­tion in the beau­ti­ful halls of the Minoriten Order
• Three work­ing days with var­i­ous for­mats: Ple­nary ses­sions, keynote pre­sen­ta­tions, work­shops, dis­cus­sions and focus groups on rel­e­vant selected top­ics.
• Grand clos­ing event on the Schloss­berg , Graz’s impos­ing cas­tle hill
• Sup­port­ing artis­tic and cul­tural pro­gram in coop­er­a­tion with the Inter­na­tional Songs of Spirit Choir Fes­ti­val

The con­fer­ence is an expert con­fer­ence and is per­sonal invi­ta­tion only. The list of prospec­tive par­tic­i­pants was devel­oped by an inter­faith expert group in coop­er­a­tion with the Inter­re­li­gious Coun­cil of Graz. Cer­tain con­fer­ence events and the sup­port­ing pro­gram are how­ever open to a wider audi­ence.

Know­ing that the Inter­re­li­gious Con­fer­ence Graz 2013 is hosted by the city of Graz dur­ing Ramadan, we hope to pro­mote peace, dia­logue and under­stand­ing by wel­com­ing Mus­lim par­tic­i­pants with spe­cial pro­vi­sions to accom­mo­date them dur­ing Ramadan and allow those who observe Ramadan to ful­fill their reli­gious oblig­a­tions.

For more infor­ma­tion and cur­rent updates on the devel­op­ments of the prepa­ra­tions, key speak­ers, par­tic­i­pants, etc., please visit our web­site at: and/or con­tact Mrs. Baloch, the project coor­di­na­tor.

Con­tact Per­son:

Bakk.a Nicola Baloch
Pro­jek­tre­f­er­entin des Afro-Asiatischen Insti­tuts
Leech­gasse 22, A-8010 Graz
+43 316 324434/0 | +43 676 87423309 |

Key Top­ics:
An inter­faith expert group has iden­ti­fied the fol­low­ing key top­ics to be focused on dur­ing the three-day con­fer­ence and within var­i­ous for­mats.

I God and Tran­scen­dence

➢ Why God, Why Tran­scen­dence?
➢ Crit­i­cism of Reli­gion and God
➢ Reli­gion and Spir­i­tu­al­ity
➢ Teach­ing Reli­gion
➢ Free­dom of Reli­gion as a Uni­ver­sal Human Right

II The Indi­vid­ual and Soci­ety

➢ Embrac­ing Coex­is­tence in Reli­gious Diver­sity
- Poten­tial con­flicts in the coex­is­tence of faith com­mu­ni­ties
- Iden­ti­fy­ing pos­si­ble solu­tions und intro­duc­ing best prac­tice exam­ples from Graz and other Euro­pean cities.
➢ Reli­gion and Gen­der
➢ Reli­gious treat­ment of the Body and Sex­u­al­ity
➢ Reli­gion and Wellbeing- the new Pop­u­lar Belief?

III Mankind and Global Respon­si­bil­ity

➢ World Ethos
➢ The Socio-political Roles and Respon­si­bil­i­ties of Reli­gion
➢ Reli­gion and Pol­i­tics
➢ Reli­gion in the Com­mit­ment to Human Rights
➢ The Cul­tural and Artis­tic Expres­sion of Reli­gious and Cul­tural Diver­sity