Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Interfaith Week 2012 such an important worthwhile event.
Welcome to our website
Please browse the tabs on the left to find out more about what the Forum is up to. Feel free to contact us for more information and to get involved. We have a number of projects happening in the area, through which we are working with people from the local faith communities. Please feel free to call or contact us if you or your group are interested in any of the projects KFF are working on, or if you have suggestions for projects we could work on in the future. We deliver interactive awareness raising and myth busting sessions around topics such as the veil in Islam, giving people a chance to learn about and ask questions about important topics in our communities
A series of events, lectures and seminars to give people of faith a voice in today's big debates, to encourage dialogue between communities and develop understanding. If you love reading but find it hard to make time, or get to the end of a good book and find yourself with no one to discuss it with, come to our book club. STEPS project is a tool to give women the opportunity to build their skills and become active participants in both their communities and wider society through training and workshops, practical learning and discussion forums. We are working with two local groups, a Muslim women's group from Batley and a Bible Studies group from Dewsbury to bring them together through an informal ‘cultural awareness’ workshop, visits to each other’s places of worship, and discussion forums. Faith communities took part in numerous activities from days to faith and events and dialogues. This gives people the opportunity to experience a place of worship first hand spiritual significance and meaning.
An educational project faith communities of Kirklees by providing interactive opportunities to enable students to both learn about and learn from different faiths and beliefs. To enhance pupils’ experiences when visiting places of worship and raise awareness on matters related to faith, stereotyping, parallel lives and partiality. To develop constructive, intellectual and emotional features respectful and understanding of relationships between communities of different ethnic origin or faiths.
The week was launched at Kirklees Faiths Annual General Meeting which this year took place at The Deighton Centre. Bishop Tony Robinson, Chair of Kirklees Faiths Forum, opened proceedings and throughout the evening was joined on stage with a variety of guests including Canon Duncan Green who gave an inspiring speech about his role as faith advisor at the 2012 Olympics. Canon Green explained to the audience that athletes, Olympic staff and volunteers came together from all different faiths and backgrounds and learned about each other’s beliefs and most importantly respected each other’s faith. Guests were also given a presentation from the Kumon Y’all youth group which gave its own interpretation of Islam and the misconceptions some people have about Islam. Bridget Crabtree was guest auctioneer for this year’s Pledge a Pound Beat Your Best Fundraiser.
Community cohesion in Kirklees
We are almost 7.4 billion people in the world and there are over 20 different religions worldwide. Yet regardless our nationality, culture or religious beliefs, we should get along and learn how to live all together. People who live in Kirklees have different opinions and religious beliefs, yet there are numerous programs aimed to teach them coexist peacefully. Here are some ideas of how we can improve tolerance and teach our children live together harmoniously.
Interfaith programs in Kirklees
Many comprehensive programs are developed here to help people of Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism and Judaism live together as a community. Although we are not trying to establish a new religion, at Kirklees Faiths Forum our goal is to honor Interfaith as some sort of spiritual expression. We are convinced that people with various beliefs can understand and support each other and our programs will help them to better understand the differences, similarities and everything in between them.
People of different religions and from various ways of life will offer advice and guidance to those who want to make from this world a better place for our children. In addition to this, kids are welcomed to the Faith Centre, where they can play games and learn about other religions so they will not grow up and have any misunderstandings regarding those who do not share their religious beliefs.
Any parent should preach their children about tolerance and love for another, whether they believe in the same God or they do not. Instead of spending time on http://www.camplace.com, parents should head to the Faith Centre and discover new ways to communicate better with those who have different opinions. It is often being said that those with different religions cannot coexist. They fight in the name of religion and some would say that they are arguing for the souls and hearts of men. But don’t our actions matter in our afterlives?
Kirklees Faiths Forum was not created to sum up if one religion is better than others. It is about people, community and the future of our children. We want to make from this world a better place and we will do our best to live peacefully even though we have different backgrounds, we speak different languages and we have different faiths. We have to rise interfaith’s impressive membership network and strive to meet the increasing need for assistance in our community. We believe that everyone can lead an independent and thriving life, no matter their religion, and that our mental health and overall wellness can be enhanced due to our efforts. We will focus and work on our common values and teachings of various cultures and religious beliefs.
The world itself is a global village and the advanced technology makes it easier for people with various faiths interact. People of different races, religions and nationalities are brought together and if we do not learn how to peacefully coexist, it will eventually ruin our existence. Come to Kirklees Faiths Forum to befriend with surprisingly nice people and learn that even when you do not share the same religious beliefs, you might be alike and get along with each other!