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  • Most recent E-bulletin – 28 July 2015

    We publish fortnightly e-bulletins – with information on events, resources and funding. Read our latest edition, published on Tuesday 28 July. 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.

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  • Summer News Magazine

    We publish a quarterly news magazine, giving details of what we have been up to over the past three months as well as events planned for the near future.  Read our latest edition, published July 2015, with articles on Faith Communities and Mental Health, To Vote or Not to Vote, Blood and Organ Donation Campaigning, amongst others. Please contact us if you would like to contribute to future editions and please forward this to anyone who may be interested in being added to our email list.

    Send any feedback or ideas for future articles or contributions to me at johanna@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk.

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  • Most Recent E-Bulletin – 15 July 2015

    We publish fortnightly e-bulletins – with information on events, resources and funding. Read our latest edition, published on Wednesday 15 July. 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.

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  • Recent terror attacks

    We have seen dreadful things happen in France, Tunisia and Kuwait. Let the prayers of all people of faith, whatever their faith, be for the people who have been hurt, bereaved and terrorised and for communities now living in fear. And may people of faith across all of our communities say together that such acts of violence are never acceptable – and stand together to build stronger and stronger peace with words and actions where ever we can.
    (Tracey Lewis – Chair of Bristol Multi Faith Forum)

  • Faith festivals in July

    See here for a list of faith festivals for major religions in July 2015.

    July 5th

    Sikh – Birthday of Guru Hargobind (1595 – 1644) the sixth of the Sikh Gurus.

     

    July 7th

    Japanese – Tanabata – Star Festival – celebrating the time when the stars Vega and Altair meet across the Milky Way.

     

    July 9th

    Baha’i – Martyrdom of the Bab – this day, on which the Bab was executed in 1850, is kept with prayer.

     

    July 13th

    Muslim – Lailat-Ul Qadr – the twenty-seventh night of Ramadan commemorates the first revelation to the Prophet of the Qur’an, the holy words of Allah.

     

    July 16th

    Rastafarian – Ethiopian Constitution Day – commemorating the granting in 1931 of Ethiopia’s first constitution.

     

    July 18th

    Muslim – Eid-Ul-Fitr – a joyous festival marking the end of Ramadan. This festival begins with the sighting of the new moon. People rise early to bathe, put on new clothes and attend the mosque. There is sharing of meals later and the distributing of gifts.

     

    July 23rd

    Rastafarian – Birthday of Emperor Haile Selassie I – a holy day celebrating the day on which the Emperor was born.

     

    July 23rd

    Sikh – Birthday of Guru Har Krishen (1656 – 1664) the eighth of the Sikh Gurus.

     

    July 25th

    Christian – St James’ day – James, brother of John was one of the first to be called as a disciple by Jesus.

     

    July 25th

    Jewish – Tishah B’av – a solemn day of fasting and mourning, which commemorates the historical destruction of the First and Second Temples.

     

    July 27th

    Buddhist – Rains Retreat – Theravadin calendar – a three month retreat for monks and nuns giving an opportunity for reflection, self-examination, penitence and forgiveness.

     

  • Most Recent E-Bulletin – 16 June

    We have started publishing fortnightly e-bulletins – with information on events, resources and funding. Read our latest edition, published on Tuesday 16 June. 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.

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  • E-Bulletin from 2nd June

    We have started publishing fortnightly e-bulletins – with information on events, resources and funding. Read our latest edition, published on Tuesday 2 June. 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.

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  • Mental Health Care and Faith Communities

    At our next Forum Open Meeting on Tuesday 9th June we will be discussing and exploring issues around ‘Supporting Mental Health Care: How Can Faith Communities And Health Professionals Work Together?’ This is an open meeting and all are welcome to attend. We will be exploring:

    * How does a person’s faith affect the way they recognise changes in their mental health?

    * How can faith communities better understand how they can work with health professionals?

    * What do health professionals need to understand about your faith when deciding treatment or support for mental health issues?

    It will be held from 6.30pm to 8.30pm in the Terrace Room, Barton Hill Settlement, 43 Ducie Road,Bristol, BS5 OAX. (Vegetarian refreshments available from 6pm). To book a place please email Lily Khandker, Bristol Multi-Faith Forum Development Officer at info@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk. Please let Lily know if you have any specific access and/or dietary needs.

    To see our flier for the event click here.

  • Most recent E-bulletin – 15th May

    We have started publishing fortnightly e-bulletins – with information on events, resources and funding. Read our latest edition, published on Friday 15 May. 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. Please click here to read the E-Bulletin

  • General Election 2015

    It’s not worth voting! – True or False?

    With this question open for discussion 14 people from 3 different faith communities within the city of Bristol sat down together to talk about being involved in politics in the run up to the General Election.

    At the meeting, organized by the Bristol Multi Faith Forum, on the 16th April 2015, people from Baha’i, Christian and Muslim communities within the city were asked to share their experience of speaking up and taking action to make a difference in social and political issues.

    Temples, churches, mosques, synagogues, gurdwaras, meeting houses and faith based community projects throughout the city are places where people gather, bring their concerns and challenges and think together about how they can make a contribution to society. Listening to the concerns and issues of their people a faith community can work out how to make a positive contribution to the quality of life of its neighbourhood. An audit of the activities of the faith communities in Bristol in 2011 found that communities were involved in projects addressing issues of supporting education, care for people with ill health or increasing frailty, local food projects, crime prevention, providing places for social gathering and overcoming isolation, support in situations of poverty, crisis, addiction or mental ill health, youth work, local arts and music and much more. Indeed, involvement with such a large and diverse number of people and projects means that the faith communities of our city gather an insight into the issues that affect many people in the daily life of our society.

    When we met to talk about the General Election members of the Multi Faith Forum were unanimous in believing that we should see voting as a social responsibility and encourage all people to use their vote. There were many issues we’d identify as important, including, better provision of low cost and social housing and regulation of rents in the private sector. We’d like to see a review of the ways in which we speak of and treat people who are refugees and asylum seekers in the UK as well as encouraging our government to engage constructively with the countries, situations and issues that cause people to leave their home countries and regions to help resolve conflict and need there. We talked about needing the next government to listen to the voices of people in our rich and diverse society, recognizing and valuing the insights, contributions and work of the many and encouraging the growth of a renewed sense of personal investment in inclusive community.

    As people from faith communities we are ready and equipped to share in and support communities in so many ways. We’d ask the candidates for election, and our incoming Members of Parliament, to engage with us, see us as partners in building a strong, peaceful and positive society for all.

    BMFF April 17th 2015

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