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January 2022 Newsletter | Meetings coming up | Light for Leeds | 12th Century Monks in Leeds | Namaste Fund's first grant | Peace Service October 2021 - script and video recording

Tuesday 8th February,7.00-8.30pm (doors open 6.45)
at Roundhay Road Resource Centre
(239 Roundhay Rd, Harehills LS8 4AY)
and on Zoom

Puraniee Yadein—Exploring the Pakistani & Kashmiri migration story to Leeds
Presentation by Ustadh Adam Aslam and young people from the Leeds Muslim Youth Forum


Meeting ID: 879 7966 2630 Passcode: 741976


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.

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

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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.

Light for Leeds 2021

Lord MayorSunday November 21 was a bright, sunny day for the Light for Leeds Interfaith Week event in Kirkstall Abbey's visitor centre. There were display stands by the Christian, Sikh, Muslim, Brahma Kumari and Pagan faiths as well as Concord and Leeds Faiths Forum. As a Covid-19 precaution numbers in the centre were limited and it was recommended that face-masks were worn.

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John Battle12th Century Monks in Leeds: a spirituality for today?

The Visitors’ Centre at Kirkstall Abbey was the ideal location for a talk on the relevance today of 12th century monastic ideals, and the Right Honourable John Battle was the ideal person to give it. John is a former MP who was responsible for interfaith matters in Tony Blair’s government. He has a keen interest in community relationships in Leeds and a longstanding fascination also with the history of Leeds and particularly its spirituality.

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Fun on the Water: Namaste Fund’s First Project

CanalBreaking Down Barriers, a project of the Leeds Muslim Youth Forum, aims to empower young people across Harehills to come together to organise activities that challenge racial tensions, misconceptions of the other and foster friendships. This project, supported by National Lottery funding, began in July.

In October a group of these young people had a canal boat trip sponsored by the Namaste Fund.

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Annual Peace Service - 13th Oct 2021

Did you miss the Peace Service? You can catch up with the content on these links: Click here for: Order of Service | Click here for full script | Click here for a video recording

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NamasteConcord Namaste Fund

Concord has set up a special fund to provide grants to enable young people to engage in interfaith dialogue by, for example, attending conferences, workshops and lectures in Britain or overseas, such as the youth events organised by the Interfaith Network of Great Britain. Young people aged 14-21 can apply for an individual grant of up to £100, and schools and other organisations can get £250.

Donations to the fund are welcome

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The word ‘namaste’ refers to the form of greeting commonly used in India, illustrated here. It is a respectful, peaceful way of recognising the divine in another person, which encapsulates the spirit of true interfaith dialogue.

The fund is administered by the registered trustees of Concord.

Young people aged 14-21 can apply for a grant of up to £100. Click here for more details.

Donations to the fund would be welcome. Click here to donate online You can also donate:

  • BY BANK TRANSFER: Make a BACS payment to Sort Code 40-52-40 A/c No 00013515, include your name as Reference, and send an email to
    treasurer@concord-leeds.org.uk to alert the Treasurer to the payment, specifying that it is for the Namaste Fund.

  • BY POST: Write a cheque payable to Concord and post it to Stephen Tucker, Concord Treasurer, Southway, 371A Halifax Road, Liversedge, WF15 8DU. Add a note with your contact details so that we can acknowledge your gift, and state explictly that it is for the Namaste Fund.

Welcoming Schools

SchoolsAlastair Ross, RE adviser in Leeds, Kirklees and Calderdale and an author of the local agreed RE syllabus, will be running another FREE training day to support faith communities providing school visits. It will be open to all staff or volunteers.

Tuesday 15th February, 2022 9.30am – 12.30 pm, on-line course via Zoom.

Click here for details

BookConcord's 40th Anniversary book: A Leeds Interfaith Story 1946-2016

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

Available to purchase or free online. Click here for details

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