ComUnitySpirit – Religions and cultures in dialogue

The mis­sion of the project ComU­ni­tySpir­it is to encour­age inter­faith and inter­cul­tur­al dia­logue in our com­mu­ni­ty and cre­ate a com­mon iden­ti­ty, while respect­ing cul­tur­al and reli­gious diver­si­ty in accor­dance with Euro­pean val­ues. The project ComU­ni­tySpir­it – reli­gions and cul­tures in dia­logue is look­ing at the col­lec­tive, pos­i­tive ener­gy inher­ent in reli­gions and cul­tures rep­re­sent­ed in Aus­tria and encour­ages inter­faith and inter­cul­tur­al dia­logue between mem­bers of the com­mu­ni­ty in Graz and beyond.
As the com­mu­ni­ty we live in is char­ac­ter­ized by sec­u­lar­ism, the aim of encour­ag­ing com­mu­nal life as well as the peace­ful coex­is­tence of reli­gions and cul­tures by analysing sim­i­lar­i­ties and dif­fer­ent poten­tials of the reli­gious groups is of great impor­tance. The dia­logue net­work cre­ates ideas in intense work meet­ings and com­pris­es local reli­gious groups and their rep­re­sen­ta­tives, dia­logue groups as well as experts that are guests and par­tic­i­pants in the Inter­faith Con­fer­ence. In this con­text the project ComU­ni­tySpir­it takes on the role of an agency for the Inter­faith Coun­cil for the City of Graz and serves as a coor­di­nat­ing office pro­mot­ing, extend­ing and inten­si­fy­ing inter­faith and inter­cul­tur­al dia­logue.
We would like to thank the Dio­cese of Graz-Seck­au, the City of Graz and the Fed­er­al Min­istry for Europe, Inte­gra­tion and For­eign Affairs for con­tin­u­ous­ly sup­port­ing and fund­ing ComU­ni­tySpir­it as well as for many years of suc­cess­ful coop­er­a­tion.

Being locat­ed at the Afro-Asian Insti­tute Graz, an insti­tu­tion that rep­re­sents a very open-mind­ed and tol­er­ant as well as reflec­tive approach to diver­si­ty, enables ComU­ni­tySpir­it to deal open­ly with the sub­ject mat­ter. The back­bone of the dia­logue plat­form are the Inter­faith Con­fer­ence, long-term expe­ri­ence, inter­na­tion­al­i­ty, gath­er­ing inter­faith and inter­cul­tur­al con­tacts as well as a long-stand­ing and con­tin­u­ous effort to pro­mote inter­cul­tur­al and inter­faith dia­logue.
The role of the Afro-Asian Insti­tute Graz as an insti­tu­tion of the Dio­cese of Graz-Seck­au with an inde­pen­dent pro­file in real­is­ing projects is the per­fect way to use exist­ing struc­tures and make con­nec­tions to oth­er reli­gious and cul­tur­al insti­tu­tions as well as to insti­tu­tions of the City of Graz.