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  • India-Pakistan Harmony Buffet

    A community harmony dinner has been arranged at Bristol ZaZa Bazaar on Sunday, 14th August 2022 as part of the community cohesion campaign by the Bristol Multi-Faith Forum (BMFF) to jointly celebrate Independence Day festivities of India and Pakistan.

    August 14 marks Pakistan Independence day and August 15 is Indian Independence Day. Due to the trauma of partition and communal conflicts as well as the history of wars between both countries, there are tensions and misunderstandings between both communities worldwide. We need to alleviate such animosities and divisions amongst both communities at the grassroots level in the West of England region. Bristol Multi-Faith Forum (BMFF) is an equality organisation instituted by the Bristol City Council in 2004 for inter-faith and inter-cultural social harmony and to promote community well-being. BMFF is providing a platform for both communities in the West of England region to come together and have an India-Pakistan Friendship Meal, which will be attended by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant, the Lord Mayor, MPs, civic officials and community leaders, as well as representatives from the Indian and Pakistan High Commissions in the UK.

    The India and Pakistan friendship meal is a symbolic expression of the harmony and friendship that needs to exist between the Indian and Pakistan communities in Bristol, as well as amongst the Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Jain, Bahai, Jewish, Buddhist, and Parsi faiths in West of England region. Earlier, Bristol Multi-Faith Forum was involved in arranging similar events with Palestinian and Israeli communities and was successful in combating prejudice and spreading the message of harmony. We consider it essential to organise a symbolic get-together of these two communities in this part of the world and convey a message of harmony to the rest of the world.

    Zaza Bazaar Restaurant, Canon’s Road, Bristol BS1 5UH is a world of culinary adventure with over 300 dishes from across the globe and a wide variety of delicacies of different cuisines. In this global restaurant, you can choose from as many dishes and sweet treat desserts as you can enjoy across 5 continents of flavours, especially from South Asian, Far East, Caribbean, Tex Mex, American and European cuisines. On Sundays, they have a medley of a lot of exclusive ethnic dishes including Rasam, dosa,  Uttapams, Cholle Poori,  kadhi chawal, Keema, Biriyani, all-day English breakfast and Sunday carvery. Also, the specialist chefs will cook the dishes of your liking at the live cooking stations too. There will be music and cultural programmes to enhance the harmonious spirit of the gathering. The programme will finish by 3 pm.

    We cordially invited all people of goodwill to join the “Harmony Buffet Dinner” on Sunday, 14th of August, and to herald the message of peace and harmony amongst communities. This self-funded friendship initiative has been arranged on short notice, yet we are thankful to all the dignitaries, civic officials, community leaders and people of goodwill for their confirmation of attendance. All seats have been booked now. All those who requested seats via email to info@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk, by the 11th of August were allocated seats and added to the guest list. We thank the Chair of the South Glos Council for offering to help us with the partial cost of arranging this friendship initiative. We express our acknowledgement and gratitude to South Glos Council, for enabling us to help the ‘Feed the Homeless initiative’.

    With warm regards,

    Cllr Tom Aditya
    Chairman, Bristol Multi-Faith Forum.
    Tel: 07852456253

    Afzal Shah, Mohindra Singh Chowdhry, Mohammed Arif Khan and Tripti Megeri
    Facilitators- Harmony Dinner.

    Bristol Multi-Faith Forum, 43 Ducie Road, Barton Hill, Bristol, BS5 0AX
    Tel: 07789040267; Email: info@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk
    www.bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk

  • 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.

    info@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk

     

  • 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

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