Meeting ID: 820 9241 1533
Next partner event (Breaking Down Barriers Project (LMYF)):
An interactive wellbeing walk aiming to bring people from Kirkstall, Hyde Park and Weetwood together on a route to explore places of social & religious significance, as well as picturesque green spaces in West Park. It is open to all of faith or none. This has been supported with funding from Wellsprings together and organised by young people from the Breaking Down Barriers Project (LMYF),in LS8.
Start at the Brahma Kumari Admin Centre: 241 Otley ROAD, Weetwood LS16 5LQ
We aim to walk for 45 mins-1hr along a short route, mapped here, stopping at various points to enjoy music, meditation and conversation starters and short introductions from local groups.
This will then lead to a light meal & refreshments at 7:15pm alongside an interactive presentation at the Catholic Church of the Assumption on 129 Spen Lane.
Guests are welcome to use the free car park at the Catholic church and walk up to the starting point (15 mins away).
Please RSVP Maaslam2015@gmail.com if you and friends wish to attend either/both the walk and meal. Please state any dietary requirements too.
Mohammed Adam Aslam, Freelance Youth & Community Development worker (Ind.) Chaplain, Educator & facilitator Tel: 07475976745
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.
The existing officers and executive members were reelected, with just two changes: Jay Anderson has been appointed Co-Chair and John Moreton has joined the Executive as a Christian representative.
Jay is well-known to Concord members as the host of our Zoom meetings, and more widely in Leeds interfaith circles as Secretary of the Leeds Faiths Forum.
We have lost three much valued members during the year: Iby Knill, survivor of Auschwitz, died at Easter; David Randolph-Horn and Primrose Agbamu have moved away from Leeds. We miss them all.
Thanks were expressed to our Treasurer, Stephen Tucker, to Jay, to Cynthia our Minutes Secretary, to the Committee Members, and to John Summerwill, Co-Chair.
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.
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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