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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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  • Bristol Consular Camp organised by Mayor Tom Aditya was a big hit

    The Indian High Commission’s (HCI) Consular Camp held on Saturday, 8th February 2020 at Bradley Stoke, Bristol by Mayor Tom Aditya as part of Bristol Multi-Faith Forum’s (BMFF) Community Cohesion Campaign was a big success. Hundreds of people came to attend the day-long camp. It provided the opportunity for all those who wished to avail the services of the Indian High Commission for Indian Visas, passports, Overseas Citizen of India applications, and consular services as well as enabled a platform to promote the message of community cohesion and social harmony amongst the people.

    The Bristol Consular Camp arranged free of cost to the applicants by the BMFF as part of the community cohesion campaign, processed 435 applications completely, and handled another 125 queries. A team of 15 officers led by HCI Counsellor Mr. Anil Nautiyal worked tirelessly for extra hours to help all those who turned up at the camp. Massive thanks to all officers for their efficient service. Many people who attended the camp felt that the HCI officer’s service at the Bristol Consular Camp was much better, smoother, and friendlier than even going to the Indian High Commission in London. Hundreds of people gave positive feedback about the Bristol camp. Refreshments and secretarial support were also provided by the BMFF. We appreciate all volunteers who helped to coordinate the camp, especially Advocate Tripti Megeri (BMFF Secretary), Mr. Abishek Aditya, Mr. Noychen Augustine, and Mr. Jayantibhai Rajguru. Also, gratefully acknowledge the generous support of Cllr Franklin.

    The Indian diaspora comprises only less than 2% of the 1 million people in the Greater Bristol area. The prominent languages used by this very diverse community are Punjabi, Malayalam, Gujarati, Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Telugu, Kannada, and Marathi. The religious diversity and medley of this 20,000 strong diaspora are also fascinating. BMFF expresses its gratitude to the Bristol Hindu Temple, the Sikh Gurudwaras, the Indian Christian Churches, the Indian Muslim Community, Jain Community, Buddhist Community and all sections of the Indian diaspora for supporting this initiative. BMFF also acclaim the help of friends who shared news about the camp through various media and social networking platforms. Thank you all.

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  • Question Time on ‘Organ Donation and Transplantation in Islam’

    Dear Community Stakeholders and friends,

    Bristol Multi-Faith Forum invites you to an upcoming ‘Question Time on Organ Donation and Transplantation in Islam’ on Sunday 7th July 2019, 2 pm to 4 pm at Greenbank Mosque, Greenbank Road, Bristol BS5 6HE. This Question Time provides an ideal opportunity to hear from experts on this topic, in light of the launch of the updated Fatwa (religious edict) on Organ Donation and Transplantation in Islam.

    We will be joined by three guest speakers Shaykh Dr Mohammad Mansur Ali (Lecturer of Islamic Studies, Cardiff University) who has conducted academic reviews of over 100 fatwas on organ donation in Islam, Dr Majid Mukadam, (Transplant and Organ Retrieval Surgeon, QEH, Birmingham) and Ms Angela Ditchfield (Diversity Lead on Organ Donation, NHS Blood and Transplant). Mr Amjid Ali (NHS Blood and Transplant Project Lead on Organ Transplantation in Islam) will guide this Question Time on Organ Transplantation in Islam’, arranged in partnership with the Bristol Council of Mosques, Bristol Muslim Cultural Society, UK Islamic Mission, and all the local Mosques.

    This gathering forms part of a series of workshops arranged by the Bristol Multi-Faith Forum in partnership with local faith communities under the auspices of the NHS BT Community Investment Scheme initiative. We very much hope that you will be able to attend and request that you pass on this information to your local Muslim contacts and friends. Please register freely through this link. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/question-time-on-organ-donation-and-transplantation-in-islam-tickets-64199161420

    Best regards and Ma’salaam,

    Cllr Tom Aditya,
    Chair, Bristol Multi-Faith Forum.

  • NHS BT Organ Donation Awareness Campaign and Community Champions Programme

    The Blood and Organ Donation Awareness Campaign and Community Champions Programme under the auspices of the Bristol Multi-Faith Forum (BMFF) is happening at Bethel Church, 254 Church Road, St George, Bristol BS5 8AF on Wednesday, the 12th of June 2019 from 6 pm to 8.30 pm. This programme includes discussions about the religious and health perspectives of organ donation, interactive ‘Q&A’ sessions, cultural programmes, delicious refreshments and goodies.

    Many civic dignitaries, religious and community leaders and NHS BT specialists are attending the event.  Speakers of the event include the Lord Mayor, Bishop Dexter Edmund, Broadcast Journalist and Organ recipient Mrs Primrose Granville, ‘Living Kidney Donor’ Mr Wendell Raphael and NHS BT Specialist Dr Shibu Chacko MBE. We cordially invite you to come and attend the event and enhance your horizons.

    The Campaign Organ Donation Awareness Campaign and Community Champions Programme also include events at the Bristol Hindu Temple (163B Church Road, Bristol BS5 9LA) on Tuesday, the 18th of June 2019 from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm and at the Sikh Gurudwara (301, Church Road, Bristol, BS5 8AA) on the 18th June from 7.30 pm to 9 pm as well as at the Greenbank Mosque (Greenbank Road, Bristol BS5 6HE) on Sunday, the 7th of July 2019 from 2 pm to 4 pm.

    Please come and be part of the community champions programme and help to save lives. We will be grateful if could please circulate this message to all your congregation members, contacts and friends.

  • Bristol condemns the Srilankan blasts

    Bristol Multi-Faith Forum (BMFF) strongly condemns the series of barbaric terror attacks at Christian churches in Sri Lanka that killed more than 300 people as well as caused serious injuries to more than 500 persons on Easter Sunday. The lethal sequence of eight vindictive bomb blasts upon innocent poor people illustrate the brutal and evil nature of radical terrorists to threaten peace and security; and it exposes the devious fanatic attempts to forge mayhem, murder and anarchy. BMFF express its sincere sorrow and sympathy to the affected communities at these atrocious acts of hate.

    BMFF is the forum for multi-faith community cohesion and social harmony in Bristol and West of England. We encourage all religious communities and denominations to stand together in fraternity and fellowship against these appalling onslaughts. There will be peace vigils in Bristol to honour the victims and their families and to stand in solidarity with the Sri Lankan community. BMFF stand in solidarity with the Christians of Sri Lanka who have been attacked in this malicious way and request the authorities to apprehend the attackers and bring them under the rule of law. We also pay tributes to service personnel and volunteers who are providing support to the victims in Sri Lanka.

    BMFF offers its deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wishes a quick recovery to all who were injured and offer prayers to all those who are affected. We urge all communities to stand together and continue to work together with ever greater urgency against ignorance, prejudice and hatred. Hatred targeting any community because of its faith and belief is a scourge that cannot be tolerated. There must be freedom for all communities to worship and practise their faith freely and without fear. Let’s stand for peace and unity.

    Tom Aditya
    Chairman, Bristol Multi-Faith Forum
    21st April 2019

     

  • Attack on New Zealand Mosques

    Bristol Multi Faith Forum strongly condemns the hate-crime attack against places of worship in Christchurch, New Zealand, which massacred 49 lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with the people of the affected communities against this vicious act of hate. BMFF is very concerned, sad and greatly disturbed at this hate crime and terror attack. We also pay tribute to the emergency services and volunteers who are providing support to those who have been injured and affected in New Zealand. BMFF as a forum of community cohesion and social harmony in Bristol, encourages all religious communities and denominations to stand together in fraternity and fellowship. Let’s stand for peace and unity.

    Tom Aditya

    Chair, Bristol Multi-Faith Forum

  • Read our latest e-bulletin – March 2019

    We publish regular e-bulletins – with information on events, resources, and funding. Read our latest edition, published on Friday 8th March 2019. Please contact us with any news or information that you would like to have included in future editions. Send any information or events you would like included to info@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk Read the e-bulletin here

  • Our latest News Magazine – Winter 18/19

    We produce a magazine every six months giving details of some of the activities and programmes we’ve been involved with.  This one covers the period from Summer 2018 to Christmas 2018.

     

     

    You can read the magazine here

  • Love Your Neighbour Awards

    Bristol Multi-Faith Forum hosted the Love Your Neighbour Awards ceremony from 6 pm to 9 pm on Tuesday 13 November 2018 at Bristol Rovers Football Club Memorial Stadium (Thatcher’s Suite, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 0BF).  The ceremony and our AGM were held as part of the National Inter-Faith Week.

    We had asked for nominations in the following categories:

    Promoting inclusion

    Improving access to services

    Health and wellbeing

    Peace and reconciliation

    Faith and creative arts

    Youth

    Interfaith relations

    We received over forty nominations! For a full list of all our nominees, along with their ‘nomination stories’, please see our programme here

    See photos from the evening here

    Our invited guests were:

    * Mr Tim Bowles – West of England Combined Authority Mayor

    * Deputy Chief Constable Sarah Crew, Avon & Somerset Police

    * Mr Adam Tutton – Chief Executive Officer of the Community Trust at Bristol Rovers

    The evening was a huge success. As well as the ceremony itself, we had live entertainment from Dildar Singh and his band RSVP – and a vegetarian buffet was served.  After this, people were free to network and socialise.

    Thank you to Bristol Rovers Football Club for hosting and sponsoring the evening. The Awards were organised in partnership with Community Access Support Service (CASS), Rethink Mental Illness Bristol, LinkAge Network, Bristol Community Development Team and Counter Extremism Team of Bristol City Council.

    Photo of members of our steering group with three invited guest speakers, Mr Tim Bowles,  Deputy Chief Constable Sarah Crew, and  Mr Adam Tutton.

    See our poster here

     

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