Oldham Interfaith Forum

Many Faiths, One Community

Our People

Anil Kara - Vice Chair

Mr Anil Kara of Shree Swaminarayan TempleMr Anil Kara of the Shree Swaminarayan Temple Lee Street, Oldham

Moulana Muhammad Iqbal - Chair

moulana muhammad iqbalMoulana Muhammad Iqbal is currently serving as the Imam of the European Islamic Centre.

Father Philip Sumner - Treasurer

Father Phil SumnerFather Philip Sumner - Treasurer

Phil Sumner is currently the Parish Priest of St. Mary's with St. Patrick's, Oldham.

He was Chair of the National Conference of Priests of England and Wales from 1997-2000.

He was the first Chair of the Oldham Inter Faith Forum. He is now Project Manager, in a voluntary capacity, for the Inter Faith Development Project in Oldham. From 2010 - 2015, he was Chair of Oldham Race Equality Partnership.

He is a member of Oldham's Safer and Stronger Communities Partnership Board and a member of the Oldham Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector Partnership.

He gained his Masters and Licence in Canon Law from Ottawa University and serves as an Ecclesiastical Judge in the Salford Diocesan Matrimonial Tribunal. He is also one of a team of Presenters for the BBC Radio 4 "Daily Service".

In February of 2006 he was the Individual and "Overall" winner of Oldham's first, and only, Diversity and Equality awards and, in September 2006, he was named in a British national newspaper as amongst the top fifty British "campaigners, thinkers and givers transforming our world" (The Independent Newspaper's "Good list", 1st September 2006). He has lectured for UNESCO on "Intercultural mediation processes" in Barcelona in 2006 and (Feb. 2008) in Brazil at the World Conference on the Development of Cities.


Hindu: Jit Kara

Muslim: Qari Manzoor, Ahmed Shakir