FAITHS united in Huddersfield yesterday in a spirit of diversity and tolerance.
Welcoming visitors of six religions to Huddersfield Town Hall, the Bishop of Pontefract Tony Robinson explained that the Faith In Action scheme was founded on different communities working together.
The day has been organised by the Huddersfield Interfaith Council and North Kirklees Interfaith Council.
A second similar event will be in Dewsbury on March 23.
Representatives from the Baha'i, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish and Sikh faiths gathered in a celebration of harmony.
They each set up displays around the Town Hall to illustrate their teachings and beliefs.
Throughout the afternoon, Kirklees teenagers visited the Town Hall to learn about different religions while, later on, Brian Pearce of the Interfaith Network gave a talk about the effectiveness of united action.
The Rev Mel Garside, who sits on the Huddersfield Interfaith Council, said old rigid ideas would have to change.
He noted how the world had changed in the last 50 years. He outlined how a new globalism was creating a world where religion and cultural diversity were valued.
The event was officially opened by the Mayor of Kirklees Barbara Allonby who echoed Mr Garside's words. "Promoting harmony among all sections of our community is something which is very close to my heart," she said. "Diversity is one of our strengths."
Brian Pearce said there were 150 multi-faith groups throughout England, of which 40 had been set up in the last two-and-a-half years.
The Interfaith network was founded in 1987. "But at that time," said Mr Pearce, "the significance of inter-faith work was not as fully appreciated as it is now and indeed was greeted with suspicion by some who thought that some people were risking the integrity of their own faith."
He said that since the riots in Bradford, Oldham and Burnley and the terror attacks of September 11, there was a greater sense of purpose in moves to encourage greater dialogue between faiths, both nationally and internationally.