Presented by David Goodman and Gurmukh Singh Deagon
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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.
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 individualgrant 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:
Schools Welcome! is an initiative endorsed by the Leeds SACRE to provide people from faith communities with training to enable them to feel confident about hosting visits from schools. Local schools recognise that places of worship displaying the logo are welcoming and willing to host educational visits. Quality educational visits help to build pupils’ understanding of different faiths and to explore the experience of people of faith in an educational context.
Many places of worship already welcome school visits and others would like to be able to link up with schools more effectively. Training and support is provided free of charge and is available to faith communities in Leeds in partnership with Leeds City Council.
The Schools Welcome Badge is displayed by faith communities which offer quality education visits for schools. To achieve this recognition, faith communities and volunteers meet several criteria covering training, protocols, learning activities and facilities.
The Leeds SACRE is undertaking a project to support teachers delivering the new statutory Relationships, Sex and Health Education curriculum. There is professional guidance for teachers on what to cover in lessons and it is not SACRE’s role to duplicate or confuse this. However, because of the sensitivity involved and the (diverse) views of members of faith communities, teachers are often nervous and confused about aspects of RSHE and these perspectives.
Together with Calderdale and Kirklees they would like to put together a support document and Concord members can help to contribute to it.
This would be in the form of an anthology of perspectives, offering authentic faith approaches, but not purporting to be a scholarly textbook. The aim would be to help teachers gain understanding and therefore confidence, and also to reassure parents that faith perspectives are understood. A key aspect of this would be short paragraphs on the approach of a particular faith to the areas covered in the RSHE curriculum. Alastair Ross, who advises the SACREs and is a member of Concord, wonders if members of Concord might be able to contribute to this.
The draft outline is attached here. There are quite a few questions as it has been linked to the curriculum. However there is no expectation that all contributors would have to do all of them. And, if the headings don’t work, they are quite happy to let people have free rein with the keyboard and to organise material appropriately.
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.
Click here for report, pictures, recording and text of the service.
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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