A programme of readings and music, with candles lit by representatives of all the major faith communities in Leeds. Participation by the Lord Mayor of Leeds (Cllr Asghar Khan), the Lady Mayoress (his wife, Mrs Robina Kosar), and by Samuel Hill, the Children’s Mayor. Young people from the Breaking Down Barriers project of the Leeds Muslim Youth Forum will give a presentation. Buddhist chanting.
Meeting ID: 854 5678 7181 Passcode: 909598
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.
For the second time, the Annual General Meeting was held by Zoom.
The Co-Chairs announced that, although it might be possible for physical meetings to take place in June, Concord is not considering face-to-face events before the autumn. Executive committee meetings are likely to continue on Zoom in the foreseeable future, being easier for members to attend without the need to travel. This could exclude those without internet access, but even now e-mail has become essential as a means of communication.
Committee members were thanked for their support and work at putting the programme together; we have enjoyed a very good selection of meetings.
No applications have been received for help from The Namaste Project because Covid has prevented social activities. Hopefully things will change soon.
Concord still contributes to the life of the city and will continue to do so.
Stephen Tucker, the Treasurer, reported reported that our income, made up of subscriptions and general donations, is higher than last year’s. There have also been extra donations to the Namaste Project. Expenditure has been lower as we have paused insurance cover; the main costs relate to printing and posting of the newsletter and gift-cards to speakers. Concord has £9,253 in reserve. A vote of thanks was given to Stephen for excellent work at keeping our accounts, and to his colleague, Claire Howarth, for her independent examination of them.
The Principal Officers were reelected: Co-Chairs John Summerwill and David Randolph-Horn; Treasurer Stephen Tucker; Minutes Secretary Cynthia Dickinson and Membership Secretary John Summerwill.
Three members of the Executive Committee have stepped down: Hannah Bloom, Hilary Curwen and John Nottingham. Thanks were expressed for their contributions. Four new Executive members were elected unanimously: Helen Michael (Jewish); David Midgley (Buddhist); Hema Yadav (Hindu);Catherine Margham (Quaker).
A suggestion had been received asking if Concord could agree on a list of religious festival dates that would be appropriate for lighting up the Civic Hall. After some discussion it was agreed that it was a good idea but we would need to work with Leeds Faiths Forum and consult with faith communities then come up with a list of suitable festivals and colours for consideration. It was suggested that the big screen in Millennium Square might be used to explain what the colours represented. The idea is being pursued.
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
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:
Alastair 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 5th October, 2021 9.30am – 12.30 pm, on-line course via Zoom.
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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