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Welcome to Calderdale Interfaith

The Trustees of Calderdale Interfaith join to call for an immediate ceasefire in Israel and occupied Palestine.

Calderdale Interfaith aims to promote the positive role of religious faith, to share concerns and provide mutual support.

We deplore the killing of any civilians no matter who the perpetrator.

We are appalled by the indiscriminate bombing and the wholesale destruction of homes, hospitals, places of worship and education. We are shocked by the daily horrors unfolding on our TV screens as millions of people have been displaced, and thousands killed and suffering from horrendous, life changing injuries. We are deeply disturbed by the reports that starvation is now a tool of war.

As people of faith, we are united in our grief at this suffering. We raise our voices together to call for an end to violence and cruelty and to pray for peace, justice and reconciliation.

As the trustees of Calderdale Interfaith:
We call for an immediate ceasefire and release of all hostages by both parties.

We call for all concerned to work together to speed the delivery of aid to Gaza, including food, medicines and other essential items to alleviate the immeasurable human suffering there.

In Calderdale, we are proud of our diversity, we understand the challenges faced in our Borough during these difficult times. We will redouble our efforts to build bridges of solidarity between our communities.

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The Faiths

Who We Are

In 1993 following a proposal by the Anglican Diocese of Wakefield, the Calderdale Churches Partnership was set up for joint working on regeneration initiatives. A Declaration of Intent was signed in 1994 between the Bishop of Wakefield and representatives of local Council.

The importance of interfaith joint working became increasingly recognised in 2001 with reference to the civil disturbances in the North and as part of the Government’s recommendations for promoting community cohesion. Furthermore, the impact of September 11th underlined the importance for local government to be more aware of religious and interfaith issues and to take a more active interest in ensuring good faith relations in their areas.

In 2002, the Churches Partnership revised its terms of reference and transformed itself into the Faith Communities Partnership, and other faiths and their representatives came on board.

In 2003 the Partnership adopted a new constitution and a new name giving it broader appeal and greater independence: the Calderdale Interfaith Council (CIC).

About The Faiths


Christianity came out of Judaism, when the promised Messiah was recognized in the person of Jesus Christ.


The term 'Hindu' comes from the name of the River Indus in India. Hinduism has come to represent the complex of religions that flowed out from that area.


Muslims believe that when God created the world, he sent a line of Prophets all of whom promoted virtue and prevented vice.


The Baha’i Faith itself is an independent world religion with millions of followers around the globe.


A person is considered to be a Jew if their mother was Jewish, in the Orthodox tradition, or if either parent was Jewish, in the Progressive tradition.

Quaker Faith

Quakerism is almost 400 years old. It's the common name for the Religious Society of Friends. It grew out of Christianity and today we also find meaning and value in other faiths and traditions.


The founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, was born in 1469 in the Punjab area of what is now Pakistan.


Buddhism is an Indian religion founded on the teachings of a mendicant and spiritual teacher called "the Buddha" ("the Awakened One")

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