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The Faiths

HM Queen Elizabeth II

1926 – 2022

Members of all faiths represented in the Calderdale Interfaith are saddened and grieved by the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen served our country selflessly with dedication and devotion for over 70 years. In that time she managed to touch all our hearts in one way or another and she will be greatly missed.

Calderdale Interfaith representatives will always remember the Queen for her spirituality, deep understanding of our multicultural community and her resolute support for social cohesion and interfaith dialogue.

On behalf of the faith communities of Calderdale we would like to convey our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Royal Family during this difficult time. She and our King are in our thoughts and prayers.

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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