Our latest interfaith news and events
Touchstone gathers together groups of women from different faiths and cultures in various creative ways. They learn from each other, form friendships and work together to transform communities for the better.
Weaving Women’s Wisdom
Wisdom is a common theme in all faith traditions, this creative project encouraged groups to talk about their wisdom and to make a rug! The resulting exhibition is on tour around Britain.
Light in Communities
Our 'Light in Communities' project consists of groups of women from different faiths coming together to discuss the theme of 'Light' whilst engaging in creative and practical activities. Our discussions have included questions such as 'Who or what brings light to our lives?', 'Who are the shining examples in our communities and faith traditions?' and 'How does my faith help me find a light through dark times?', whilst activities have included painting glass candle holders, making candles, and making and decorating stained glass windows.
Having got to know each other through participating in discussion and creative activities, each group has then considered practical ways in which we can be a 'light' in our community. So far, as well as having many interesting discussions about the theme of 'light' in our faiths, different groups have handed out sweets and inspirational quotes to strangers in a random act of kindness; baked cakes for a community group that supports the elderly; served food to the homeless in Bradford city centre; and painted stones with inspirational messages which we have left around our community.
Baking a difference: If you walk through the door of Touchstone on a Monday morning, the first thing that will hit you will be the smell of freshly baking bread. That's because every Monday, a group of women from different faiths are gathering together here and 'Baking a Difference'
The project has been funded by 'Near Neighbours ' whose aim is "to bring people together who are neighbours in communities that are religiously and ethnically diverse, so that they can get to know each other better, build relationships of trust and collaborate together on initiatives that improve the local community they live in". The women taking part in 'Baking a Difference' are from different faiths, cultures and generations. Each week we bake a different type of bread together - including, rolls, naan breads and pizza - which we then share over lunch. Whilst we are waiting for the bread to bake we share conversation on various topics such as childhood memories of baking and the importance of food in our families and faith traditions. Learning how to bake different types of bread together has been great fun, but perhaps more important have been the friendships formed in doing so, and to discover that no matter what our faith, culture or generations, we all have shared memories of cooking with parents and grandparents, or a shared belief in the importance of offering hospitality to strangers. This learning from each other is something we each take away from the group every week (as well as delicious home baked goods to share with family and neighbours!). In this way we are truly 'Baking a Difference' here in Bradford
Royal Visit to Bradford: On 15th of January 2020, Bradford hosted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who came to the city on their first official visit of the year and visited several projects that promote cohesion in our diverse city. Touchstone are proud that we were invited to be part of this day by the Near Neighbours programme and Jenny and Shamim took part in a workshop at the Khidmat Centre alongside other grassroots organisations in Bradford. They spoke to Prince William and Princess Kate about the challenges faced but also celebrated the wonderful work being done to bring our communities together.