|Latest Newsletter - September 2019
Pictures and readings from the Annual Peace Service in October 2019
|Faith, Interfaith & Diversity events diary|
A Light for Leeds Event took place at Kirkstall Abbey on Sunday 17th November, which draw in many visitors from a range of faiths. Concord members played a large part in organising and running it.
The event was again well supported and very enjoyable. As well as faith and interfaith stalls, there was carol singing, music and a meditative walk.
We finished with a candle-lit peace walk to the Chapter House where throughout the afternoon visitors had put their 'wish' candles on the tree of hope.
Pictures by Cynthia Dickinson: Full house; carol singing; Sikh music; meditation by candlelight in the Chapter House (click on a picture to enlarge it)
Participants in the Annual Peace Service held in the Banqueting Room of the Civic Hall in Leeds, 23rd October 2019. See link above for more pictures and the readings used.
Those taking an active part included the Lord Mayor, Cllr Eileen Taylor, and the Children's Mayor, Wania Ahmed (next to the Lord Mayor in the picture). Young people from the Harehills-based Leeds Street Team talked about the teachings of several famous peacemakers and related these to their own experience. Sue Owen introduced the World Peace Flame. Candles were lit on behalf of nine faiths in Leeds, and readings were given from each of the faith traditions. The Lord Mayor's Consort lit a candle for all of the people of Leeds. The Wesley Singers sang three anthems.
A retiring collection raised £160 for the Lord Mayor's Charity, Support After Sexual Rape and Violence, Leeds.
We had a very rich and lively discussion in November at the Hindu Temple in the last of our series of meetings on Attitudes Towards Violence. In this case we heard about Quaker perspectives from John Margham and Hindu perspectives from Dr Shripati Upadhyaya. The amount of common ground between them was remarkable.
In September we had a session on Attitudes Towards Violence in Islam and Paganism at the Baab ul Ilm Islamic Centre. Left to right: Ustadh Adam Aslam, Jay Anderson, Idris Aslam and Gurmukh Singh Deagon
Some Concord members visited the new Holocaust Museum at Huddersfield University in August, where we heard the fascinating and moving testimony of Iby Knill, a member of Concord and Holocaust survivor.
Concord made a presentation to the Revd Trevor Bates in July to mark his appointment as an Honorary Life Member of Concord. John Summerwill presented Trevor with a framed certificate signed by the Co-Chairs and Treasurer, with the following citation:
“This is to certify that The Revd Trevor S. Bates has been awarded HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP of Concord in grateful recognition of his outstanding contribution to inter-faith relationships in Leeds and his unstintingly generous service to Concord, particularly as Chair (2008-2012), author of 28 profiles of members and interfaith leaders, promoter of the 40th Anniversary Celebrations, editor of A Leeds Interfaith Story 1946-2016 and gatherer of Concord archives. Presented to Trevor on behalf of the membership of Concord at The Brahma Kumari Adminstrative Centre, Leeds 16, on Wednesday 17th July 2019”
In June 2019 we had a very successful Walk of Friendship in Beeston, with over 100 people taking part. We had coffee at Beeston Hill United Free Church, lunch at the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha gurdwara, and cake at the new Abu Haraira Masjid.
Concord is one of the oldest interfaith groups in the UK, founded over 40 years ago. It exists to foster friendship, trust, tolerance, understanding and co-operation among members of the faith communities of multi-cultural Leeds.
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Some of the faiths Concord brings together:
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