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  • Bristol Diverse Doors Open Day 2022 May 8th Sunday

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    Faith Trail at the Sikh Gurdwara, after a delicious lunch (Langar)

    Bristol Multi-Faith Forum (BMFF) is organising this year’s Bristol Diverse Doors Open Day on Sunday, the 8th of May 2022 from 9.30 am to 5 pm. This year’s Diverse Doors Open Day also commemorates the platinum jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne. Bristol Diverse Doors Open Day celebrates the religious diversity of Bristol, giving communities the chance to experience and learn each other’s cultures and beliefs; and offering the opportunity to visit a range of places of worship and discover many faith communities that exist in Bristol.

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    Faith Trail at the Hindu Temple

    Over the years, many places of worship have opened their doors to the general public and to members of other faith communities as part of this event, which is unique to Bristol. All places of worship in Bristol are invited to participate in the Diverse Doors Open Day. Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant, the Lord Mayor, the Mayor, civic dignitaries, various community leaders, and people from different walks of life will be participating in the Diverse Doors Open Day programmes at different venues. BMFF always requests guests and community members to respect and follow the customs and practices of the visiting place of worship.

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    Faith Trail at the Greek Orthodox Church

    The theme of this year’s Diverse Doors Open Day will be ‘Spirituality and Mental Wellbeing’, and the theme message will be delivered to various communities in collaboration with the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP). AWP is dedicated to connecting, helping, and supporting the mental health needs of the diverse communities in the region, and delivering high-quality care. Please feel free to be connected: https://www.awp.nhs.uk/. AWP wishes to take away the stigma attached to mental health and cares for the mental well-being of all. BMFF will also focus on world peace and efforts to support the distressed people affected by the war. 

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    Faith Trail at the Buddhist shrine

    BMFF will arrange a scheduled tour providing minibus transport for people who have signed up for the tour in advance, for a small donation of £5. The Faith Trail will pass through a Buddhist shrine, a Greek Orthodox Church, an Evangelical Christian Church, a Muslim Mosque, a Sikh Gurudwara, a Jewish Synagogue, a Hindu Temple, and a Bahai Centre. Due to covid restrictions, seats are limited on the tour. Please email info@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk to book your seats in advance. We are planning to provide special care and provisions to elderly persons on the Multi-Faith Trail, as part of the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations.

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    Faith Trail at the Mosque

    Diverse Doors Multi-Faith Trail will start at 9.30 am on Sunday, the 8th of May 2022 from the BMFF office at the Barton Hill Settlement, 43 Ducie Road, Bristol (BS5 0AX), and will finish by 5 pm. We request all those who are interested, to join this year’s Diverse Doors Multi-Faith Trail.

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    Faith Trail at the sanctuary of the Jewish Synagogue
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    A group gathering of the Bristol Multi-Faith Forum led by Mayor Tom Aditya

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  • Big Spring Clean Up: Bristol Multi-Faith Forum joins

    Bristol Multi-Faith Forum will be joining the Bradley Stoke community members under the leadership of Mayor Tom Aditya to clean up litter hotspots in Bradley Stoke on Sunday, the 13th of March 2022 from 10 am, starting from Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre, Fiddlers Wood Lane, Bradley Stoke, Bristol BS32 9BS.

    The litter picking volunteer teams will cover different spots around Bradley Stoke, including Jubilee Centre, Bailey’s Court Activity Centre and Brook Way Activity Centre.  Let’s keep our neighbourhoods tidy, and let’s celebrate the springtime together, and reinforce our community commitment. Please come and join the ‘Big Clean’ litter picking session on Sunday.

  • 2022 British Science Week: Funfilled Virtual Science Workshop.

    Bristol Multi-Faith Forum in association with the British Science Association is organising a Fun-Filled Virtual Science Workshop for school students on Saturday, 12th of March 2022 from 10.15 am to 11.30 am GMT.

    The popular ‘Fun Science team’ will be delivering this interactive virtual workshop through Zoom virtual platform, to celebrate British Science Week. Fun Science team specialises in providing science-themed parties and workshops to children across the UK.

    This virtual science workshop will be an informative and entertaining experience for kids. Registration and participation in this virtual science workshop are free for all children.

    To register, just email info@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk with your child’s name, school year, and your contact details, and also subject reference: Virtual Science Workshop (Information will be stored confidentially). Certificates of participation will be given later to all children who register and attend the workshop.

    Here is the list of items participants shall have to make the virtual workshop more interactive and fun-filled: 

    • A few leaves of red cabbage,
    • Cup of warm water x 2 Spoons,
    • at least 2 tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice or apple juice,
    • at least 2 tablespoons of any alkaline (e.g. baking powder, bicarbonate of soda),
    • At least 2 tablespoons of oil,
    • Empty glass x 2,
    • Piece of scrap paper,
    • Scissors,
    • Paperclip x 3,
    • Plastic bottle,
    • Balloon,
    • A straw,
    • Sticky tape,
    • A piece of string (roughly 20 cm).

    If you are using a mobile device to join this virtual Science Workshop, you will need to have downloaded the Zoom app from your usual app store.

    • Please join the virtual science workshop by 10.15 am. In case you have any technical difficulties, please email us.
    • Please enable your web-camera and microphone before the workshop begins.
    • Please enter the name of the participant and if there are more than one child, put names of those children.

    Please click this link to take you to your virtual science workshop:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81941212567?pwd=dEFwUHJiWjd5RExHNkxJcEl4NHlGZz09

    Fun Science’s Zoom Meeting
    Time: Mar 12, 2022 10:15 AM London
    Zoom Meeting ID: 819 4121 2567
    Passcode: G4Atw8

    When you join the virtual workshop, you can use the chat function of the Zoom application to let the trainer know that you have joined. In the initial few minutes, please bear with us – the trainer may be assisting other participants who are experiencing technical difficulties. Please be assured that the trainer will be with you as soon as possible.

    During the workshop:

    • Please ensure that the participant can be seen clearly on screen. Please don’t switch off your webcam.
    • Please make sure that there are no noise distractions in the background. If there are any noise distractions, please mute your speaker.
    • Please follow the trainer’s instructions to ensure best results of the workshop. You must give your full attention to the workshop at all times and not be distracted.

    Definitely, it’s fun and it’s science. Let’s enjoy. Let’s make the best use of this exciting opportunity.

    With warm regards,

    Cllr Tom Aditya, Chairman

    Adv. Tripti Megeri, Secretary

    Bristol Multi-Faith Forum

    Email: info@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk

    NB: We may take a screenshot of the participants as a group (not individually) for our record to motivate others to join future science workshops. If you have any objections to your screenshot, please inform us.

  • 2021 British Science Week: Funfilled Virtual Science Workshop.

    A Fun-Filled Virtual Science Workshop for school students is happening on Saturday, 13th March 2021 from 11 am to 12 pm (UK time) to celebrate British Science Week.

    The popular ‘Fun Science team’ will be delivering this virtual workshop through Zoom. Fun Science team specialises in providing science-themed parties and workshops to children across the UK. This virtual science workshop will be an informative and entertaining experience for kids. Registration and participation in this virtual science workshop are free for all children. Please register your interest by providing your child’s name, and your contact details by email: info@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk. (Information shall be stored confidentially). Certificates of participation will be given to all children who register. Please encourage the children to join in and make the best use of this opportunity. Please share this information with other children too.

    Date and time: 13/03/2021, Saturday (11 AM -12 PM), UK time

    Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87464527163

    Meeting ID: 874 6452 7163

    Passcode: 7dqLvC

    List of items kids shall have to make the session more interactive and fun-filled: 1. Felt tip pens (any colours), 2. Kitchen roll/toilet roll (4 sheets), Scrap paper (any size), 3. Scissors, 4. Sticky tape, 5. Bowl of water (any size), 6. Straw, 7. Washing up liquid.

    It’s not too late to register and be part of this. It’s free and it’s fun. Join in.

    With warm regards,

    Bristol Multi-Faith Forum,

    Email: info@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk

    Bristol Multi-Faith Forum is an equality organization established in 2004 by the Bristol City Council for inter-faith and inter-cultural community cohesion and social harmony and to promote the health and well-being of the communities.

  • Covid Vaccinations Clinic

    Bristol Multi-Faith Forum (BMFF) is joining hands with the Wellspring Doctors Surgery to host a series of Covid Vaccinations Outreach Clinics at Barton Hill Settlement, 43 Ducie Rd, Bristol, BS5 0AX.

    Vaccination is free, but registration is essential as the NHS vaccinators need to keep the right number of vaccines, and the 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞-𝐬𝐥𝐨𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐬 𝐝𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐚 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭-𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞, 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭-𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐬𝐢𝐬. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐩 𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝟓𝟎. 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐛𝐲 𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠: info@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk 𝐨𝐫 𝐛𝐲 𝐭𝐞𝐱𝐭: 𝟎𝟕𝟕𝟖𝟗 𝟎𝟒𝟎𝟐𝟔𝟕, 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐞, 𝐚𝐝𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬, 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐜𝐨𝐝𝐞, 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐧𝐮𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐛𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐡 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐰𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐮𝐩 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. Kindly register soon, and please attend the vaccination clinic.

    The vaccine is the only hope to protect ourselves and others from the infectious virus and gradually bring normality back into our lives. Kindly make the best use of this opportunity. Let’s prepare our community to be healthy and happy.

    Cllr Tom Aditya, Chair &

    Adv. Tripti Megeri, Secretary,

    Bristol Multi-Faith Forum (BMFF),

    Barton Hill Settlement, 43 Ducie Road, Bristol, BS5 0AX

    Cllr Tom Aditya, Chair of Bristol Multi-Faith Forum and Dr Wil Klinkenberg of the WellSpring GP surgery along with the vaccinators and volunteers at the Covid Vaccination Outreach Clinic at Barton Hill Settlement, Bristol on 31st March 2021

    NB: Dr. Wil Klinkenberg and Dr. Sarah Jahfar will lead this outreach vaccination clinic. The main purpose of the clinic is to reach people from our local ethnic minority communities who would otherwise have difficulty or feel reluctant to take up a vaccine in the local GP surgery, community pharmacy, or mass vaccination centre. Pregnant ladies are advised not to register for vaccination at this clinic. People with allergies should discuss their concerns related to any allergies with the NHS professionals prior to the vaccination.

    Reports show significant portions of our BAME communities expressing hesitation around the Covid-19 vaccine. False information about the contents of vaccines being spread on social media and a lack of public education are contributing to patients not attending clinics or being reluctant to come forward for vaccination. This is very concerning because people from black ethnic groups have suffered a higher impact of the disease. Vaccination is the only hope to protect us and the community. Please make the best use of it.

    Cllr Tom Aditya, Chair of Bristol Multi-Faith Forum and Dr Wil Klinkenberg of the WellSpring GP surgery along with the vaccinators and volunteers at the Covid Vaccination Outreach Clinic at Barton Hill Settlement, Bristol on 9th March 2021

    Bristol Multi-Faith Forum is an equality organisation established in 2004 by the Bristol City Council for interfaith and inter-cultural community cohesion and social harmony and to promote the health and wellbeing of the communities.

  • Inter-Faith Week 2020 Buddies Scheme

    Bristol Multi-Faith Forum is actively encouraging the ‘Inter-Faith Week Buddies’ idea as a possible way to mark the Inter-Faith Week. The Inter-Faith Week ‘buddies’ scheme involves two people of different faiths or of a particular faith and of a non-religious belief:

    • keeping in touch on a weekly basis during September and October;
    • choosing or developing  questions on which to share their thoughts and experiences; and
    • during Inter Faith Week, sharing online or at a socially distanced event, in an agreed way, some reflections on what they have gained from this.

    Some questions for possible exploration:

    • How does your faith or non-religious belief shape your daily life – including at this time of COVID-19?
    • What, in your faith or non-religious belief, encourages service to others in society?
    • Has COVID-19 brought any lessons about common values and action?
    • Why is Inter Faith Week important?

    This is an opportunity for sharing and learning, on a one-to-one basis across a limited period of time, about what is important to us, in the context of our wider community. The process may, of course, lead to longer term conversations and new forms of practical co-operation.

    INTERESTED IN TAKING UP THE IDEA WITHIN YOUR ORGANISATION?

    If you are interested in taking up the Inter Faith Week Buddies idea, please call on 0778 9040267 or email: info@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk.

    • Please know how to build good relations with people of different faiths and beliefs.
    • Invite interested members to be in touch, asking them if there is any particular faith or belief background or backgrounds from which they would be interested to have an ‘Inter Faith Week buddy’ and securing their permission to share a contact email address or phone number with someone who would also like to be a ‘buddy’.
    • Put people who have expressed interest in touch with one another. [Note: It can be helpful for people to have met in person first but no face to face meetings should be arranged at present unless they can adhere to social distancing guidelines].
    • Act as a point of contact if any queries or concerns arise in the course of the virtual dialogue.

    You may also wish to arrange an opportunity for Inter Faith Week feedback by participants – eg a Zoom meeting or blog section on your website.

    If your organisation is a national faith community representative body you may wish to join with a similar body of a different religious community to take part.

    All participants remain responsible for all aspects of their activities. 

    Some Practical Pointers

    GETTING STARTED

    • Agree your expectations, for example about frequency and duration of contact  (you can always agree to change that later), respectful engagement, what you hope to gain from the exchange, etc.
    • Set any boundaries of what you are happy to discuss (for example, some might wish not to discuss events in other countries).
    • Be realistic about what kinds of questions and responses will work within the format.
    • Take a few minutes to go through together Building Good Relations with People of Different Faiths and Beliefs and to agree these or other ground rules that you wish to have.
    • Agree that your exchange will be private to you, except what you both agree to share at the end of the process.
    • Begin by sharing a little about yourselves and asking a question of each other.
    • Bear in mind that this is a time with some major faith festivals and that may have some impact on people’s ability to reply to each other swiftly at times.

    SHARING WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED

    • Agree together, in the last week of October or first week of November what you might like to share with others about your conversations: what you have learned from these and what points for others might have emerged from them.
    • Agree how you will share these thoughts – it may be that you are part of a local inter faith body, for example, and they would like to feature some of your reflections as part on an online discussion or event during Inter Faith Week.
    • If you would like to share on social media that you are taking part, please use the hashtags #InterFaithWeek and #IFWbuddies and tag @ifweek on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

    SAFEGUARDING AND SAFETY

    • Safeguarding is very important. Buddies should be over the age of 18 years old and commit to engage in respectful listening and dialogue. They should also respect the privacy and security of other buddies and their families.
    • There are many different ways that you could choose to engage, for example, telephone, email, letter, or virtual chats using Zoom, Skype, Facebook Messenger, Hangouts, Teams, WhatsApp, Facetime or any of the others available.  Whichever platform you choose, it is important that people feel safe and keep themselves safe. All major platform providers give safety and security advice and it is worth having a look at that before you begin.
    • Do not share your phone number, WhatsApp, address, email, social media profiles etc unless you are both comfortable with doing so.
    • Do not share anyone else’s phone number (including WhatsApp, WeChat, etc), address, email, social media profiles or any other form of personally identifiable information.

    DIALOGUE TIPS

    For tips on inter faith dialogue, and the different forms it can take, you might like to take a look at IFN’s Let’s Talk: practical pointers for inter faith dialogue resource, which is freely available online: https://www.interfaith.org.uk/resources/lets-talk-practical-pointers-for-inter-faith-dialogue.

    THE THREE AIMS OF INTER FAITH WEEK
    • Strengthening good interfaith relations at all levels
    • Increasing awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, in particular celebrating and building on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and to wider society
    • Increasing understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs