Inter Faith Week 2019 in Kirklees: Sunday 10 November – Sunday 17 November
Inter Faith Week is a national initiative designed to strengthen faith relations at all levels, increase awareness of the faith and non-faith communities in the UK and celebrate the positive contribution members make to their neighbourhoods and the wider society.
What’s happening in Kirklees?
Across Kirklees, events are being planned by local faith groups, community groups and the Kirklees Council Cohesion Team to celebrate commonality and strengthen faith relations.
The following events will be taking place across Kirklees and are open to the public:
Sunday 10 November – Remembrance Sunday, all information about services can be found here.
Sunday 10 November – Interfaith Friendship Lunch, Asian main course provided by Darul-ilm Mosque team, bring and share your favoured dessert. 1pm, Thornhill Parish Church, Thornhill, WF12 0JZ. Led by Thornhill Parish Church and Darul-ilm Mosque.
Sunday 10 November – “Who was the Prophet Mohammad?” An open invite for a talk on the Prophet Mohammad Led by Al-Muminun organisation, 6pm – 8pm, Paddock Village Hall, West View, Huddersfield, HD1 4TX.
Monday 11 November – Community Remembrance, 10:15am – 11:30am at Greenhead Park, and 10:30am – 11:10am at Batley Memorial Gardens.
Wednesday 13 November – Roses for Peace event, sharing a peace and friendship message. Led by North Kirklees Interfaith, 10am, Dewsbury Town Centre.
Thursday 14 November – Roses for Peace event, sharing a peace and friendship message. Led by North Kirklees Interfaith, 11am, Heckmondwike Morrisons Supermarket.
Friday 15 November – Poetry event – A poetry event inviting all to attend and share their poetry. Led by Batley Poets and Indian Workers Association Huddersfield, 7pm – 9pm, Indian Workers Association, 52 Old South Street, Springwood, Huddersfield, HD1 4BU.
Saturday 16 November – Roses for Peace event, sharing a peace and friendship message. Led by North Kirklees Interfaith, 9:30am, Batley Tesco Stores.
Saturday 16 November – Roses for Peace event, sharing a peace and friendship message. Led by North Kirklees Interfaith, 11am, Mirfield Town Centre.
Saturday 16 November – Poetry event – A poetry event inviting all attend and share their poetry. Led by Batley Poets and Friends of Batley Library, 2pm – 4pm, Batley Library, Market Place, WF17 5DA.
Saturday 16 November – Intercultural afternoon tea – Led by Friends of Batley Library, 4pm – 5pm, Batley Library, Market Place, WF17 5DA.
What happened last year?
Last year, the North Kirklees Inter Faith forum (NKIF) distributed roses to the general public with messages of peace from the Bible and the Qur’aan wrapped around them which brought many to share a meaningful conversation. This year local faith leaders and volunteers will be back out in Dewsbury, Batley and Mirfield to do the same.
Ali Amla, Cohesion & Integration Manager at Kirklees Council, said:
“Inter faith Week is an important date in our annual programme of events as it is a great opportunity for communities to build bridges, find their common ground and dispel myths and stereotypes. It is wonderful to see many groups and individuals working in partnership to improve relations in Kirklees and I would like to encourage everyone to get involved and attend the events. The cohesion team have spent the last year bringing new partners around the table, if you are interested in collaborating in the future or have a great idea to bring communities together, break down barriers and promote commonality, please get in touch.”
Also taking place during Inter Faith Week,
Workshops in North and South Kirklees have been organised with the Muslim Council of Britain around the ‘Visit My Mosque’ initiative which is due to take place in 2020. The workshops aim to inform individuals why they should open up there Mosques to the general public. The ‘Visit My Mosque’ initiative aims to break down perceptions and challenge misconceptions by inviting the local community to see the inside of a mosque and gain a better understanding about Islam and Muslim practices.
Local faith leaders have been working on a faith covenant of how Kirklees Council and faith, or belief organisations, can work together. A meeting will be held with faith groups to share information on the faith covenant. A Cleric’s Tea has also been organised by faith leaders which will bring priests and imaams together to discuss commonalities in faith and have an open dialogue around matters their communities face.
For more information about the events taking place, please contact the Cohesion Team at Kirklees Council on 01484 221000.