faiths

faith and belief groups 
& courses

The Golden Rule of all  faiths is the principle of treating others as you want to be treated.

It is found in most 
religions and cultures.
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BUddHISM

Buddhism started in India over 2,500 years ago. Buddhists follow the teachings of a man called Siddhattha Gotama. He became known as the Buddha, which means ‘enlightened’. Buddhists try to live a good life by following the Buddha’s teachings, helping them to avoid suffering and bad feelings. They believe nothing in life is perfect and the way to avoid suffering is to follow a set of important guidelines known as the Noble Eightfold Path.

About the Cambridge Buddhist community

Cambridge Buddhist Centre is not-for-profit and the home of a dynamic Buddhist community in the heart of Cambridge. As well as running events for our community of practising Buddhists in and around Cambridge we aim to make meditation and Buddhism available to everyone, regardless of lifestyle or belief. It is our heartfelt wish to help as many people as possible to practise meditation and Buddhism in the modern world.

Cambridge Buddhist Centre is part of a worldwide Buddhist community, The Triratna Buddhist Community

About the Peterborough Buddhist community

Drolma Buddhist Centre is a Centre for meditation and Modern Buddhism based in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and offers everyone the opportunity to develop lasting inner peace through meditation. Meditation courses are held in Peterborough , Stamford , Spalding, Ely and Oundle.

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ChristianITY

Christianity is focussed on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe to be the Son of God. Jesus was born in Bethlehem in the Middle East over 2,000 years ago. Christians believe there is only one God, but that he is revealed in three different forms:

  • God the Father
  • God the Son
  • The Holy Spirit

Christians model themselves on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Jesus taught people to love God and love their neighbour.

Christians believe that God sent Jesus to live as a human being in order to save humanity from the consequences of its sins – the bad things humanity had chosen to do which had separated them from God.

Christians believe that through the death and resurrection of Jesus this broken relationship with God is restored.

About the Cambridge Christian community

Within Cambridge and the wider suburbs and villages you will find Christian churches that come under different institutions based on their denomination and structure (e.g. Church of England, Catholic Church, Methodist Church, Baptist Church, Free Churches etc).

Below are some links for you to explore further:

List of Churches in Cambridge

Catholic Diocese of East Anglia

Diocese of Ely (Church of England)

Eastern Baptish Association

Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches

Free Churches Directory

Methodist Church East Anglia

Community Churches – there are many independent churches in all cities that can be searched for by entering ‘Community Churches’ and the city you’re interested in when searching online.

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HinduISM

Hinduism also referred to as Sanatana Dharma, “the Eternal Law” is one of the world’s oldest religions and has no beginning – it precedes recorded history. Hinduism has no single founder or prophet. Hindus believe in the Supreme (Brahman), “one without a second”, can be found everywhere and in everything. The three most important representations of Brahman are: Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver, and Shiva the destroyer, the Hindu trinity.

About the Cambridge Hindu community

There is a Cambridge University Hindu Cultural Society that put on events and charity performances.

About the Peterborough Hindu community

Bharat Hindu Samaj Peterborough was established as a Hindu Association in 1973. The Association started with as few as 30 families, increasing to approximately 350 families at present, scattered over a large area of East Anglia.

We celebrate a number of main festivals in the Hindu calendar, plus help to organise individual members’ private religious & social events. 

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ISLAM

Islam is the religion that Muslims follow. Muslims believe there is one true God, called Allah (the Arabic word for God). In Arabic the word Islam means ‘submission to the will of God’. Muslims believe that Islam was revealed over 1,400 years ago, through the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him). The Five Pillars of Islam are an important part of Muslim life and reflect the the core duties of Islam, helping followers in their day-to-day lives.

About the Cambridge Islamic community

Cambridge Mosque aims to create an environment for the Muslim community in Cambridge. It will allow them to worship and access community development initiatives in the areas of health, education, employment, social and cultural interaction.

The Omar Faruque Mosque and Cultural Centre aims to look after the needs of the Muslim community in the north of Cambridge, with its Mosque (Masjid) located in Arbury.

Masjid Al Ikhlas and Cambridge Islamic Centre aim to promote the ethos of brotherhood and sisterhood with a mix of prayer, education, cultural and lifestyle activities.

About the Peterborough Islamic community

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The Muslim Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Community was established in the 1970’s in order to advance the religion of Islam, to promote the Shia Ithna-Asheri faith and to maintain and develop the worship and life of the Shia Ithna-Asheri in Peterborough.

Khoja Shia Ithna-Asiteri Muslim Community of PeterboroughThe World Federation of Khoja Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim Communities has existed for over 30 years. We are a faith-based organization, consisting of about 125,000 community members worldwide, mainly in Canada, East Africa, India, Middle East, Pakistan and the UK. 

Muslim Council of Peterborough
The aim of this programme is to give local Peterborough women a voice where they can express their opinions. The programme will bring together a group of core Muslim women that will have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a planned course. 

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JuDAISM

Judaism began nearly 4,000 years ago in the Middle East. Jews believe that there is only one God and have a special agreement with Him called a covenant. Jews promise to obey God’s laws with gratitude, which sustains them through times of trial.

About the Cambridge Jewish community

Beth Shalom is an independent orthodox community that holds traditional services with a relaxed, friendly and open style, and aims to be inclusive and welcoming.

Cambridge Traditional Jewish Congregation is the largest Jewish congregation in East Anglia; the Synagogue has a wide mixture of members, made up of families, single people of all ages and students.

About the Peterborough Jewish community

Peterborough Liberal Jewish Community are proud to be part of Liberal Judaism, with women and men taking equal roles in all aspects of the community. We are an inclusive community, and welcome all Jews and non Jewish spouses, partners and children. We also welcome those who are interested to find out more about Judaism.

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SikhISM

Sikhism was founded in the 15th Century by Guru Nanak in Punjab. This is an area which spans part of India and Pakistan in South Asia today. Sikhs believe in one God who guides and protects them.

Sikhism teaches that all human beings are equal and have the same rights and responsibilities and can realise the divine within them through devotion to God, truthful living and service to humanity.

About the Cambridge Sikh community

Cambridge Gurdwara acts as a focal point for the Sikh community in Cambridge, conducting a programme of activities fully in line with established Sikh protocols.

About the Peterborough Sikh community

There are two Gurdwaras in Peterborough for the Sikh community.

Gurdwara Baba Budha Sahib Ji was the first place of worship for the Sikh Community opened in 1974 at 186 Cromwell Road Peterborough. The current site at 23 Royce Road Peterborough was established in 2004.

There is also the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Peterborough

 

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OTHER FAITHS

The world of faith and belief is vast. There are so many different types of faiths and within some faiths there are different categories that have their own set of beliefs and rituals (e.g. within Christian faith there are many different types of denominations such as Baptist, Methodist…etc). A great source of understanding different faiths is the Interfaith Network which lists national and regional faith groups and promotes how all communities can work together to promote understanding and peace. 

spiritual courses & retreats

If you’re looking for deeper understanding of a faith or set of beliefs then maybe consider a course to immerse yourself further in a spiritual direction. Below are some links to inspire you further:

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Centre for Action and Contemplation founded by Fr. Richard Rohr, this a progressive Christian, organisation that send out regular newsletters and meditations

The Interfaith Network

Have you always liked the idea of a retreat? What better way to give yourself time to think about your spiritual self, explore different beliefs and have time to be alone with your thoughts and a higher being:

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Cambridge Courses in Spiritual Direction

Lee Abbey Christian Conference Centre

Launde Abbey Retreat & Conference

St Bueno’s Jesuit Retreat Centre

Hilfield Franciscan Friary

other organisations

Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum offers community development, education, health, housing, and language services…

Cambridge University directory of faith groups this page contains information on different faith and belief communities within Cambridge University…

Cambridgeshire Ecumenical Council is a gathering of area representatives from a number of organisations and church denominations. Its purpose is to support, resource and enable Christian ministry, through the co-operation and partnership of Christian organisations and church denominations…