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Concord is one of the oldest interfaith groups in the UK, founded 40 years ago. It exists to foster friendship, trust, tolerance, understanding and co-operation among members of the faith communities of multi-cultural Leeds.

The group also works closely with the Leeds Faith Forum
and is affiliated to the national Interfaith Network for the UK.
Concord is a registered Charity with a secretary, treasurer and executive committee.
Some of the faiths Concord brings together:
Baha'is, Brahma Kumaris, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Pagans, Sikhs and others.

Its aims are:

  • to advance public knowledge and mutual understanding of the teachings, traditions and practices of the different faith communities in the Leeds Metropolitan District, and to nurture respect and friendly relations by facilitating interfaith dialogue and organising educational and cultural events;
  • to promote and to work for justice, peace and social harmony for the public benefit in the multi-cultural Leeds Metropolitan District by advocacy, by focused public events and projects, and by co-operating with other organisations that have similar objectives.

Upcoming Events and Recent News

The End of Isil? - A Talk by Prof. Paul Rogers

On Monday 14th November, Paul Rogers, Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford presented a packed Quaker Meeting House, with his view of "The End of ISIL?". He presented  an in depth and knowledgeable assessment of what led to the creation of ISIL, their impact, and a future where "attacks from the margins" of society are more likely as we come to terms with the increased marginalisation of individuals, climate change, population growth and scarcity of resources. A truly thought provoking talk for all who attended.

Concord's Annual Peace Service

On the evening of Wednesday 26th October, individuals from all across Leeds gathered together in the Banqueting  Room of the Civic Hall for Concord's Annual Peace Service. Participants offered prayers, readings and music, alongside the lighting of candles by members of the major faith groups in Leeds, for Peace.


The Lord Mayor, Councillor Gerry Harper, and Lady Mayoress, Lynne Scholes, gave a reading and lit the central candle of the display on behalf of all the people of Leeds.

Further photographs from the event, courtesy of Steve Evans, can be viewed here, as can the Programme and the Readings.

 Paganism and Interfaith

On Monday 26th September,  Prudence Jones, the Interfaith Liaison Officer for The Pagan Federation (England and Wales) came to talk to Concord Interfaith Fellowship and friends, at the Carlton Hill Quaker Meeting House in Central Leeds. She kindly took attendees through the history of the term "Pagan" and the struggle, taking over 20 years, to get Pagans and other minority faiths recognised by the Inter Faith Network.


40th Anniversary Dinner

On the evening of Thursday 11th August, Concord Interfaith fellowship, along with friends old and new, celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a celebratory dinner at the GNNSJ Gurdwara in Beeston. Attendees were welcomed by the new Jathedar, Pritpal Singh Dhanjal, and the guest speaker for the evening, John Battle, former MP for Leeds West.

Further photographs from the event can be viewed here.

Walk of Friendship 2016

On Saturday 9th July, Concord Interfaith Fellowship and friends were joined by Councillor  David Blackburn of Leeds Peacelink on the Annual Walk of Friendship, around the Burley/Hyde Park Area of Leeds.On Saturday 9th July, Concord Interfaith Fellowship and friends were joined by Councillor  David Blackburn of Leeds Peacelink on the Annual Walk of Friendship, around the Burley/Hyde Park Area of Leeds.

Starting at the Quaker Meeting House on Woodhouse Lane, we took a wet walk through the University, visiting St George's Field cemetery, and across Woodhouse Moor to Hyde Park Terrace and St Augustine's Church, Wrangthorn. After that, the weather picked up and we made our way down Hyde Park Terrace, Midland Road and Brudenell Road, where we were subsequently welcomed into the Makkah Masjid (Mosque). Finally we made our way to the Hindu Mandir (Temple) on Alexandra Road, via Thornville Road.

The photographs from this year's walk can be viewed here.

News of this year's Walk even made it into the Yorkshire Evening Post. The article can be viewed here


Concord's 40th Anniversary commemorative book available to purchase

A Leeds Interfaith Story 1946-2016

BookWritten by a team including Trevor Bates, Primrose Agbamu, Cynthia Dickinson , John Moreton & John Summerwill (with contributions from Concord members)

283 A5 pages in full colour - 238 illustrations

This substantial and unique book, published to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Concord, tells the story of the different faith communities in Leeds and of the key individuals who have promoted interfaith relationships.



Women Peace-ing Together

Women Peace-ing Together continue to meet and make things. Some of their recent endeavours include:

  • Poppies made by members were included in fantastic displays at Leeds City Museum on July 1st and Kirkstall Abbey on July 9th - commemorating the Battle of the Somme.

  • The Interfaith Bookshelf quilted hanging

  • Dream Catchers for Light Night, and much, much more...

Further details about the Women Peace-ing Together Project, Past and Present, can be found here


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