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The G2W Institute’s Ecumenical Forum for Faith, Religion and Society in East and West is a specialist research institution dedicated to ecumenical matters and the Eastern Churches. The Institute is run by the G2W society, the Swiss Churches and a number of partners abroad. G2W’s aim is to promote dialogue between East and West and to represent the interests of socially disadvantaged groups and individuals in Eastern Europe.

The institute publishes the monthly specialist journal Religion & Society in East and West, supports social projects and serves as a consultant on questions concerning the coexistence of European religious cultures.

Journal provides information in German on current affairs and events related to the Churches and religious communities in Eastern, Central Eastern and South-eastern Europe, with a particular focus on ecumenical and interfaith dialogue. Useful background information is also provided by analysis of political, societal and cultural developments in the individual countries of Eastern Europe.

Religion & Society in East and West covers four areas:

In the news: the latest on Church affairs, religious communities and society.
Main section: articles providing background information on selected topics (2 to 4 pages)
Project reports: introduces civil society initiatives
Book reviews: presents important new publications

Drawing its contributors from the Church, academia and journalism, Religion & Society in East and West is committed to a pluralist approach to reporting that aims to foster understanding between East and West.

Accessible but scholarly, Religion & Society in East and West is written for a broad and educated readership interested in the situation of the Churches and religious societies of our Eastern neighbours. It is read throughout the German-speaking world by scholars, people involved in interfaith dialogue and people interested in international developments.

The G2W institute’s collaboration in the field of development is based on three principles: exchange on an equal footing with our project partners, long-term engagement and ecumenical openness. Our project partners in Eastern Europe include both religious and non-religious organisations. 

In order to guarantee efficient and sustainable development for individual projects we are in permanent close exchange with project leaders on the ground, many of whom are women. A large part of the work is performed by volunteers, whose commitment sends a message of Christian solidarity with people who are socially vulnerable. We offer reliable support for our project partners in the long term so that model structures do not lose their financial basis overnight.

We support
• the development of civil society and the solidarity it offers
• activities promoting observance of human dignity, human rights and the rule of law
• the re-establishment and development of social services arms of the Russian Orthodox and other Churches
• the education of young people on a Christian basis
• people’s readiness and ability to act for themselves