Concord is one of the oldest interfaith groups in the UK, founded 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.
Concord is a registered Charity with a secretary, treasurer and executive committee.
Some of the faiths Concord brings together:
Baha'is, Brahma Kumaris, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Pagans, Sikhs and others.
Its aims are:
The Executive has appointed the Revd Dr David Randolph-Horn (left) and John Summerwill (right) as Acting Co-Chairs of Concord, following the retirement of Simon Phillips as Chair.
Inter Faith Network Statement on the Referendum Result - June 2016
Latest newsletter - April 2016 with report of book launch
On July 15, Friday, Turkey witnessed a coup attempt by
sections of the military, which has left dozens dead and
injured. The attempt has been successfully put down and the
government is back in control of the country. At the
Dialogue Society, we condemn, in the strongest terms, the
attempted military coup in Turkey and reiterate that there
is no place for military interventions in democracy.
Turkey has long suffered from the
anti-democratic reflex of the military. The achievement of
free and fair elections where governments are accountable to
the public and power changes hands through the ballot box
has been Turkey’s most valuable achievement, which should be
protected and cherished at all time.
While admitting the scarcity of
information at the early hours of the night, President
Erdogan and figures close to him were quick to lay blame on
the Hizmet movement. This is a predictable pattern, as
Erdogan blames almost all oppositional development in Turkey
on Hizmet as a pretext to purge state and civil society.
Gulen issued a statement early in the night condemning this
coup in the strongest terms, adding “[a]s someone who
suffered under multiple military coups during the past five
decades, it is especially insulting to be accused of having
any link to such an attempt. I categorically deny such
accusations.” Leading Hizmet NGOs in Turkey and abroad also
issued condemnatory statements last night. Hizmet
participants have consistently demonstrated categorical
condemnation of such anti-democratic practices and showed
strong commitment to the rule of law and functioning
democracy. Both Fethullah Gülen’s teachings and the Hizmet
participants’ works around the world on dialogue, democratic
engagement, active citizenship and social cohesion is the
embodiment of this commitment.
We hope those accused with trying to
overthrow the government will be tried in courts of law and
this incident becomes a source of motivation for
strengthening Turkey’s democracy. We are particularly
concerned that Turkey’s domestic troubles are used as a
source of polarisation of the Turkish-speaking communities
overseas and have already received reports from members of
hate crime originating out of the UK. We encourage anyone
who witnesses hate crime to report it to the police
Our neighbour France has again suffered an atrocity which
leaves in its wake dozens dead and injured and a community
and country in mourning. Our thoughts and prayers are with
all affected by this cowardly and horrendous attack.
Such attacks are designed to rupture the fabric of civil
society - not just in France but throughout Europe and
beyond: to create suspicion, fear and hatred.
It is vital that in the UK we continue to work for a society
which is marked by commitment to tackle tough issues with
honesty and constructiveness and to work peacefully to
resolve disagreement. Extreme voices and actions have no
part in this.
Communities will, and must, continue to reject and stand
against brutal violence where it is claimed by perpetrators
to be in the name of their religion.
It is vital, too, that we support communities that may be
rendered vulnerable by events overseas or at home. There
must be no room for prejudice which singles out any
community because of criminal actions carried out by a few
in the name of its religion.
Our thoughts turn back to France and indeed to all countries
around the world affected by terrorism. In the UK, many will
be holding vigils and times of prayer. We join our prayers
On Saturday 9th July, Concord Interfaith Fellowship and
friends were joined by Councillor David Balckburn of
Leeds Peacelink on the Annual Walk of Friendship, around the
Burley/Hyde Park Area of Leeds.
Starting at the Quaker Meeting House on Woodhouse Lane, we
took a wet walk through the University, visiting St George's
Field cemetery, and across Woodhouse Moor to Hyde Park
Terrace and St Augustine's Church, Wragthorne. After that,
the weather picked up and we made our way down Hyde Park
Terrace, Midland Road and Brudenell Road, where we were
subsequently welcomed into the Makkah Masjid (Mosque).
Finally we made our way to the Hindu Mandir (Temple) on
Alexandra Road, via Thornville Road.
283 A5 pages in full colour - 238 illustrations
Index of surnames
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.
Publication date: 5th April 2016
Women Peace-ing Together continue to meet and make things.
At our first meeting In April we had been asked to contribute to a Poppy Display going in the Museum's Brodrick Hall on July 1st. Some ladies started straight away.
28th June 2016
On Friday, the results of the European Union Referendum were announced. The UK has voted, by a majority of overall numbers of votes cast, to leave the European Union.
There are rapidly moving discussions and strongly held views on the issue.
An immediate need is extending support to those who have been targeted with abuse in the wake of the vote, including some members of the Polish community and also people from other ethnicities and of a number of faiths, including Muslim and Sikh. This abuse and hostility is entirely at odds with the values of tolerance, valuing of diversity, and mutual respect. IFN’s member bodies, like many others around the UK, will no doubt be finding ways to reach out and to be supportive at this difficult time.
We are entering a period when the need for bridge building within society will be more important than ever. Faith and inter faith organisations have an extremely important role to play in this as well as in contributing to the debate about future identity of the UK.