In a necessary break with tradition, this year's Peace Service was held by Zoom instead of being in the Civic Hall. Nevertheless, all the usual features of the service were included: an address from the Lord Mayor, candles lit on behalf of nine faith traditions, readings, prayers and music, and the service was reckoned to be one of the best we have done. The candles were all together at the Brahma Kumaris Centre.
Cllr Taylor,the Lord Mayor, and her consort Mr Taylor, were appearing for the second time, a mayoral election having been deferred because of the pandemic. For Wania Ahmed, the Children's Mayor, it was also a second showing. Her term of office was ending a couple of days later. The Lord Mayor spoke of Leeds as a proud, diverse, multicultural city where all are welcome no matter what their ethnicity, age, gender, faith or sexual orientation is.
Sue Owen spoke about the ongoing work she is doing with schools based on the World Peace Flame.
The Leeds Street Team gave a very hope-filled video presentation reflecting on the impact of Covid on their lives. Music was provided by a talented family of Sikh musicians.
The readings from the faith traditions were a very interesting and varied selection of thought-provoking material.
The full text of the service, with the names of all the participants, and a video recording, are on our website. Click here
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.
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:
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.
Its aims are:
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.
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