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  • Inter Faith Network for the UK statement on the terror attacks in Paris

    The terrorist attacks in Paris and inter faith relations in the UK: Statement from the Co-Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the Inter Faith Network for the UK:

     

    We have watched with deep concern the news unfolding of coordinated murders,  injury and destruction in terrorist attacks in Paris.  Our prayers are with all affected by this atrocity.

    A jihadist motive is described in news coverage.

    Terrorism has many faces. Sometimes it wears the mask of religion, claiming a justification in religious teaching for its acts.  This is rejected in the strongest terms by faith communities.

    Terrorists have as their aim the creation of a climate of fear and uncertainty. Their victory begins the moment that people can no longer live in trust and with a sense of shared citizenship.  In Britain, we live with the reality of the impact of international terrorism, feeling the shockwaves of events such as those in Paris as well as in other places around the world.   In such a context, we need to build on the solid history of inter community relations in the UK.  Let us not allow the wedge of suspicion and distrust to be driven between our communities.

    Inter Faith Week is under way in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  One of its themes this year is ‘Living Well Together’.  The events that the Week will see are a reminder of the reality and the importance of a positive coexistence.  Tackling tough issues is part of this and on the agenda are those such as extremism, freedom of expression and responding to social ills such as poverty.  Inter faith discussion and engagement does not just focus on easy issues; it is not just the province of those who agree.  It is a challenging and vital process that needs, increasingly, to be part of the common discourse of our society.

    We conclude, as we began, with our concern and sympathy for our near neighbours in France at this time.

    The Rt Revd Richard Atkinson OBE (Co-Chair)

    Vivian Wineman (Co-Chair)

    Maulana M Shahid Raza OBE (Vice-Chair)

    Dr Natubhai Shah MBE (Vice-Chair)

    Lord Singh of Wimbledon CBE (Vice-Chair)

  • AGM and Conference 2015

    Bristol Multi-Faith Forum AGM and Conference was held on 10th November between 3pm and 6pm in the main hall at the Barton Hill Settlement, 43 Ducie Rd, Barton Hill, Bristol, BS5 0AX. The short AGM was followed by our conference on the theme of City of Sanctuary. We also invited new members to join our Management Committee. About 30 people attended and took part in the discussions. A report and photos of the event will follow shortly.

    To see a poster click here

  • Most recent E-Bulletin – 27th October

    We publish fortnightly e-bulletins – with information on events, resources and funding. Read our latest edition, published on Tuesday  27 October 2015. Please contact us with any news or information that you would like to have included in future editions. Please forward this to anyone who may be interested in being added to our email list.

    Send any event information to me at johanna@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk.

    Read the e-bulletin here

  • Forum Open Meeting ‘Green Capital’

    Our last Bristol Multi-Faith Forum Open Meeting was held on Tuesday 20 October, at St Werburghs Community Centre, Horley Rd, Bristol, BS2 9TJ, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. This was a free event, and open to all. We looked at different aspects of ‘Green Capital’, such as Food Poverty, Positive Money, Bristol Pound –  asking how faith communities can get involved and play a role. We will be publishing a report shortly, but for more information please contact Lily Khandker at info@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk or call 07789 040267 (mobile).

    See our poster here.

  • Most recent e-bulletin – 7 October 2015

    We publish fortnightly e-bulletins – with information on events, resources and funding. Read our latest edition, published on Wednesday 7 October 2015. Please contact us with any news or information that you would like to have included in future editions. Please forward this to anyone who may be interested in being added to our email list.

    Send any event information to me at johanna@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk.

    Read the e-bulletin here

  • Sunday 11 October – Health Awareness Day 2015

    This year’s Health Awareness Day will take place at the Malcolm X Centre, 141 City Road, Bristol, BS2 8YH, between 11am and 4pm. It is a free, fun, informative, interactive family event, which is open to all. Come and enjoy speakers, workshops,information stalls, children’s activities, henna,  face painting, fitness activities and food. There will be workshops on Child Sexual Exploitation, Mental Health and Blood and Organ Donation.

    Learn about Health and Wellbeing, find out how to access health services and discover more about preventative measures. The day will provide information on general health issues as well as those that particularly impact on BME Communities and all activities will respect diverse faiths and cultural sensitivities.

    For more information please contact Lily Khandker at info@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk or call 07789 040267 (mobile).

    See our poster here.

  • 20 October – Bristol Multi-Faith Forum Open Meeting: ‘Green Capital’

    Our next Bristol Multi-Faith Forum Open Meeting will be held at St Werburghs Community Centre, Horley Rd, Bristol, BS2 9TJ, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. This is a free event, which is open to all. We will be looking at different aspects of ‘Green Capital’, such as Food Poverty, Positive Money, Bristol Pound – and asking how faith communities can get involved and play a role. For more information or to book a place please contact Lily Khandker at info@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk or call 07789 040267 (mobile).

    See our poster here.

  • Most recent E-bulletin – 23 September 2015

    We publish fortnightly e-bulletins – with information on events, resources and funding. Read our latest edition, published on Wednesday 23 September 2015. Please contact us with any news or information that you would like to have included in future editions. Please forward this to anyone who may be interested in being added to our email list.

    Send any event information to me at johanna@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk.

    Read the e-bulletin here

  • Most recent E-bulletin – 11 September 2015

    We publish fortnightly e-bulletins – with information on events, resources and funding. Read our latest edition, published on Friday 11 September 2015. Please contact us with any news or information that you would like to have included in future editions. Please forward this to anyone who may be interested in being added to our email list.

    Send any event information to me at johanna@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk.

    Read the e-bulletin here

  • Peace Vigil

     

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    Thursday 6 August 2015 – Peace Vigil

    In light of recent events in Tunisia, France, Kuwait and across the Middle East, and ten years on from the events of 7/7, Bristol Multi-Faith Forum organised this Peace Vigil and invited people to join with them to Stand Together for Peace. Our Vigil took place from 3.45pm to 5pm on College Green in Bristol, with a one minute silence at 4.30pm. This event was open to all and representatives from faith groups across the City were present, sharing their thoughts and prayers. The Mayor, The Lord Mayor, High Sherriff and Police Commissioner amongst others, also spoke. For more information please contact Lily Khandker at info@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk or 07789 040267.

    See all our photos from the day here

    Listen to our Chair Tracey Lewis and Lily our Development Officer talking about the Peace Vigil on BBC Radio Bristol on the Sunday before the event: click here (It is 2 hours and 10 mins into the programme)

    See our flyer here

    For a full list of those who took part please see our programme for the event below:

    3.45pm      Invited guests and members of the public start arriving

    4.00pm      Welcome – Rev. Tracey Lewis, Chair of the Bristol Multi Faith Forum

    4.05pm       Cllr. Clare Campion-Smith, Lord Mayor of Bristol

    4.10pm       Canon Nicola Stanley (Bristol Cathedral)

    4.15pm      Rabbi Singer, Jewish Community

    4.20pm      Ros Kennedy, High Sherriff of Bristol

    4.25pm      George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol

    4.30pm      Tracey Lewis, Chair – 1 minute silence

    4.35pm      Mufti Faiz, Muslim Community

    4.40pm      Sue Mountstevens, Police & Crime Commissioner

    4.45pm       Rev Richard McKay, Christian Community

    4.50pm       George Mazidian, Bahai Community

    4.55pm      Arif Khan, Chair of the Council of Bristol Mosques

    5.00pm      Closing Statement – Tracy Lewis, Chair, Bristol Multi Faith Forum

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