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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.


Extraordinary DrawersExtraordinary Drawers

Often our life stories remain hidden away. Extraordinary Drawers is a photographic exhibition which uses the hidden worlds inside our drawers to peek into the everyday lives of ordinary people. The exhibition can be booked through team This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Extraordinary DrawersWeaving 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.

It is so easy to feel overwhelmed sometimes by national and international events, and by the apparent 'darkness' but our Light in Communities groups shine a real light, as we remember and actively demonstrate that "no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted", and that even the tiniest amount of light can make a huge difference.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details


Projects:

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  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details

Roots and shoots: Roots and shoots is an intergenerational, interfaith project, run in partnership with 'The Feast', which has enabled women and girls' from different backgrounds in Bradford to come together to share and discuss ideas around their identity; faith, culture and being female and what this means to us. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details

 

OTHER NEWS

Meet William Rocky Goat

On Sunday 12th May Rev Dr Barbara Glasson led worship at Stones Methodist Church.  The previous day at synod she had been given two goats to support a family and also a knitted goat to keep as a memento.  William Goat is going to accompany Barbara on all her visits over the next year and is being given an extra middle name and be photographed at every event.  

Stones were honoured to give him his first middle name - Rocky.

Meet William Rocky Goat and follow him as his names grow during Barbara's year as President.

 

 

 

 

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