What we believe and who we are

Ahmadiyya Muslim Association

The message of the Ahmadiyya Community is that Islam teaches that unless man learns to live at peace with himself and his fellow human beings, he cannot live at peace with God. In Islam, you shall find peace and tranquillity of the heart, which is the fruit of submitting to the Will of God 

Buddhist community  

Buddhism is the teaching of the Buddha from his Enlightenment he discovered it.  He teaches that craving, hatred and delusion is the main root of human suffering.  To eliminate them, one must cultivate the good, not do any evil deeds and purify the mind. Only then does one gain happiness, peace and eventually attain Nirvana - the deathless.

Anglican or Church of England

Anglicans uphold the Catholic and Apostolic faith.  Following the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Churches are committed to the proclamation of the good news of the Gospel to the whole creation.  In practice this is based on the revelation contained in Holy Scripture and the Catholic creeds, and is interpreted in light of Christian tradition, scholarship, reason and experience. To be an Anglican is to be on a journey of faith to God supported by a fellowship of co-believers who are dedicated to finding Him by prayer and service. Within the borough of Kingston there are 11 Church of England churches with hundreds of members.  Each church expresses mission in a range of ways including Sunday worship.  Also serving their local communities in a range of ways including clubs and meeting places, children and youth work, visiting of the elderly and vulnerable.

Christian Science

The present availability of God's healing love for all is at the heart of Christian Science, as found in the Bible and explained in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy.

Following her own recovery from a life-threatening accident - inspired by reading a familiar Gospel account of a healing by Jesus - the author of "Science and Health" articulated the spiritual Principle, or divine laws of Love, which she felt marked a return to "primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing". Contemporary accounts of prayer-based healing based on divine Science are published in weekly and monthly magazines, available in Christian Science Reading Rooms. Local congregants also share accounts of healings they have experienced at Wednesday evening meetings at the church in Penrhyn Road.

There has been a Christian Science congregation meeting in Kingston upon Thames, since 1911.

Free Churches  

The United Reformed Church was formed in 1972 by the union of the Congressional Church in England and Wales and the Presbyterian Church of England.

It is one of the so-called ‘Free Churches’ or ‘Non-conformist Churches’, along with the Baptist Churches and the Methodist Churches that date back to the 17th and 18th centuries.

Jewish Community (Orthodox)

Judaism is a historical, monotheistic religion that has its roots with the forefathers and was born when God revealed his Book of Law to the Jewish Nation at Mount Sinai.  From then on, Jews were bound by a Written and Oral Law, which should be studied meticulously to understand its meaning.  Judaism is a God revealed religion with a distinct human input.

Since this revelation, about 3600 years ago, Jewish law has been passed down, enrichened and in some ways has evolved through the generations. It is therefore able to live in the world while remaining true to its original tenets. There are a diverse number of styles of Orthodoxy, but all would agree on the importance of the legal process that connects us now with the revelation at Mount Sinai.   

 Jewish Community (Liberal)

Liberal Judaism (which arose in the wake of the French Revolution but was actually founded in the Germany of the early nineteenth century) came to England in 1902.  Liberal Judaism seeks to transmit the traditional values and practices of Judaism within the framework of modern knowledge and morality.
Liberal Judaism values pluralism within, and outside of, the Jewish community, and seeks to be inclusive in its actions.  It offers women and men equal rights and expects equal responsibilities; it welcomes gay and lesbian Jews; it offers a community to Jews who are partnered to non Jews and their children, and it affirms the Jewish status of the children of Jewish fathers in exact parallel with those of Jewish mothers. 
Liberal Judaism seeks to offer a dynamic modern faith and way of life that are rooted in Jewish tradition.

 Kingston Baha’i Faith

Baha’is believe that All Religion is One, God is the One Creator.  Bahai’s are followers of the teachings of Baha’u’llah.  (Means Glory of God).  God by definition, is unknowable, we can only know God by his manifestations sent to earth throughout the ages.  “God hath oriented that in every age and dispensation a pure and stainless soul be made manifest in the Kingdoms of Earth and Heaven.”  These include Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Christ, Muhammad, The Bab and Baha’u’llah.  

Baha’u’llah said the Earth is But One Country and Mankind its Citizens”. If the Bahai Faith had to be summed up it would be WORLD UNITY, WORLD PEACE and EQUALITY OF HUMANITY.

Birth:   One cannot be born a Bahai, although the children are instructed in all major religions and may only decide on reaching the age of 15.

Death: Baha’is can only be buried not cremated, Baha’u’llah said it takes nine months to come into this world and it should take at least the same for the body to decompose naturally.

Kingston Quakers

The basis of our Quaker faith is the conviction that God’s love abides in the hearts of all, and that all have access to God. We have no ordained minister or liturgy. Our Meeting for Worship is a living silence, a waiting upon God, out of which prayer or ministry may come through anyone present.

The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) is concerned for the practical application of religious principles in business, social and international affairs. It attempts to take literally the command of Jesus to love one another. It rules out violence, and participation in war. It recognises evil, but seeks to meet it with active goodwill.

Kingston University

is a multicultural community, its students and staff adding greatly to the diversity of Kingston itself. The Ecumenical Chaplain is a Christian minister working within the university, both representing the churches and helping to support people whatever their faith.