The Diocese has good relations with other faith communities through local inter-faith groups.
A Year of Service
A Year of Service is a government sponsored initiative with faith communities. It is an opportunity for religious groups organising acts of service around one of their festivals to invite others from a different faith to join them. The Church of England is focusing on Harvest as a time when Anglican churches can invite others to join them in collecting and distributing food, gifts or money to a charitable cause.
Download an information sheet with more suggestions for harvest.
Calderdale Inter Faith Council
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 the 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).
Contact: Mr Raja Taufiq Khan (Faith Ambassador)
Calderdale Interfaith Council
Tel: 01422 355436/07775649655
Huddersfield Inter Faith Council
HIFC is a forum within which friendships between people of different faiths and no faith can be fostered, and which works towards raising levels of religious literacy in Huddersfield.
HIFC works towards racial and religious equality in all areas of life; to raise levels of awareness in Huddersfield about the positive effects faith communities have in our daily lives; to influence decision making in all areas of public life, and to form links with statutory and voluntary bodies.
They organise regular public meetings and events including an annual Multi Faith Picnic, a Walk of Friendship, and smaller, informal meetings for discussion of topical issues - all are open to people of all faiths and none.
Contact: The Secretary
17 Cross Church Street ,
Tel: 01484 428253
Kirklees Faiths Forum
Supporting and encouraging faith and interfaith groups;
raising awareness across Kirklees;
working together for the common good.
People of faith have been at the heart of our communities for thousands of years and continue to play a vitally important social, economic, and spiritual role in our modern society. Faith can promote understanding and respect of others and nourishes that personal spiritual dimension which helps to give meaning, purpose and hope to our lives.
Kirklees Faiths Forum supports and encourages faith, interfaith and community groups across Kirklees. We celebrate the contribution that faith based activities and projects make to the enrichment of life and to improving community cohesion in the locality and the wider community.
Contact: Batley Town Hall Annexe,
2-6 Brunswick Street,
Tel: 01924 326419
North Kirklees Inter Faith Council
A joint Christian and Muslim body enabling the sharing of views, and the taking of practical measures where possible.
Meetings take place in the evenings at various churches and mosques within the North Kirklees area.
Contact: Bishop Tony Robinson
Tel: 01924 250781
Wakefield District Inter Faith Group
A group of people from several faiths meeting together to learn and share.