Food & music for Inter Faith Week

On Tuesday, many Leeds shoppers were delighted to be offered a free lunch as they walked past Holy Trinity Church at the Trinity Shopping Centre.

It was organised by Leeds Faith Forum whose chair is the Revd Charles Dobbin. He said, "During Inter Faith Week we wanted to share with passers-by some of the food that is special to the different faith communities to demonstrate the importance of inter faith dialogue and cooperation.

"And with the same aim, on Thursday in the Merrion Centre (10.30-4), there will be school choirs, displays about the different faiths, worship led by members of the different faiths in their own traditions and a visit from the Lord Mayor of Leeds (11am-12pm). See timetable below.

This week, Leeds Faiths Forum has put out a statement saying that in the wake of the attacks in Paris, dialogue and cooperation between faiths is more urgent than ever:

". . .  We perceive ISIS to be seeking their ends by creating a climate of fear and fostering division in our society. They are fighting a subversive battle within our minds and in our community in an attempt to create conditions for their distorted version of Islam to flourish. We believe that the wider community must not let itself become fertile ground for seeds of division and fear to grow. This is what gives urgency to the dialogue and cooperation between faiths that so many of us are engaged in."

The choirs singing at the Merrion centre on Thursday 19 November are:

10.30am     Abbey Grange High School
11am           St Philips Catholic Primary and Nursery School
11.30am      Meanwood CofE Primary School (Which was this week named as Sunday Times State Primary of the Year)
12.30pm     St Augustine’s Primary  School
1pm             Corpus Christi College (High)
1.30pm        Holy Rosary Primary School

More inter faith week activity and Leeds Faiths Forum’s programme of topical debate, community action and inter faith dialogue from jocelyn21 [at] (

All welcome at the following events:

Tue 17     7pm                       Hindu Ethics and Morals in contemporary life – at Alexandra Road Temple. (Plus food)

Wed 18    7.30pm                “Refugees – opportunity or threat?” event by North Leeds Faiths group  at Baab’l Ilm  Muslim Centre, Shadwell Lane. Presentation, food and discussion

Sun 22    10am onwards     Mitzvah Day ‘doing a good deed’ –  collections and activities inviting food donations to help refugees. Meet at Marjory & Arnold Ziff Centre, Stonegate Rd, Leeds.

                 10am onwards     Mitzvah Day – inter faith community clean-up/litter-picking project in Harehills. Contact Simon Phillips on 07931370791simonphillips90 [at]

Over the Autumn  - “Faith and Public Health Network”  - Leeds Faiths Forum pilot projects begin, working with Health Service to provide health education in Faith communities

Tue  1     7.30pm  “Democracy – enlightened ideal or Western obsession?” event by North Leeds faiths group.  Presentation, food and discussion. Contact jocelyn21 [at] for details and booking.

Thu 10    7.30pm  ‘Scriptural Reasoning’ - looking at the theme of ‘Spiritual Community’ in the light of Buddhist, Muslim, Christian and Jewish scriptures. Organized by Leeds Faiths Forum

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