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
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.
Sunday 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.
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.
Breaking 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.
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 15th February, 2022 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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