Because you’ve got to have faith

People of different religions in the district came together to celebrate the culmination of national faith week.

Calderdale Interfaith Council organised a faith walk lasr Saturday which commenced from the mosque on Rhodes Street, Halifax.

Calderdale Interfaith Council Faith walk around different religious centres in Halifax.

Calderdale Interfaith Council Faith walk around different religious centres in Halifax.

From there, walkers made their way to nearby St Mary’s Church, Gibbet Street, the Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Centre and World Peace Cafe on North Bridge.

The walk finished at Halifax Town Hall.

Participants enjoyed meeting new people from different faiths and were given an insight into various faiths with talks from Hindu believer Dr Anand, Sikh believer Rajinder Singh, Baha’i Faith believer Jill Butterfield and Catholic believer Father David Smith, of St Mary’s Church.

Hopwood Lane resident Mohammed Bashir, 73, said: “I’ve come here to listen to everybody’s religion.”

Asked about interfaith relations where he lives Mohammed Bashir said: “In our area there are good relations, people are working together for a better community.”

Calderdale Council equality cohesion officer Sail Suleman said the day gave people an opportunity to come together and visit different places of worship and understand about different religious processes.

He said: “Events are held to break down barriers and misconceptions about different faiths which helps create social cohesion.”