Our first event was 'Faith Action in Bristol', the public launch of the Cinnamon Network Faith Action Audit Bristol report, at St Monica Trust on 22 September 2015.
The Audit Report demonstrated the quantity, range and quality of the work being done by faith-based groups in Bristol, and the exhibition stands showcased a number of the key projects involved in doing this work.
A number of the participants spoke powerfully about both the work already being done and about the potential we have to do so much more. As the Bishop said: we are here because we want to do better, and we want to do it together.
The only way we can respond to the scale of the need – and the opportunity before us – is if we work together more effectively: both within the faith communities and between the faith communities and the statutory authorities.
We have some ideas of how to do this, but we need the involvement of many more people and groups to turn the good ideas into reality. If you would like to be a part of shaping what we do in Bristol to meet these unprecedented challenges, please sign up to one (or both!) of the email lists below.
One of the next steps is being taken by Christian Action Bristol: the coming 'Prayer and Planning' event will focus on our response to asylum seekers and refugees. Everyone is welcome!
There will soon be a significant increase in the number of people arriving in Bristol, and the city is already struggling to cope with the people who have already come.
We have invited representatives from all the groups working with refugees and asylum seekers in Bristol to share what is happening – what they are doing, what they know about, and what the major challenges are right now.
Please come to City Road Baptist Church at 12.30 pm on Wednesday 21 October – come along to help us find better ways of responding to this urgent need, or just come to be better informed.
For more details, please visit the event page on the Faith Action Bristol web site, or just register with Eventbrite.
You can download the Report here, and also summaries of two of the talks. At least two more summaries should be added here shortly.
More paper copies of the Bristol Audit Report are available: if you would like some, please contact Paul Hazelden or leave a message with the Bristol Multi Faith Forum.
The group picture can also be downloaded here:
Tuesday 22 September, 1.30 - 4 pm, St Monica Trust.
You are warmly invited to this event, but spaces are limited so you need to register in advance if you wish to attend.
Faith Action in Bristol
in partnership with Bristol Multi-Faith Forum
and Churches Together in Greater Bristol
You are warmly invited to the
Public Launch of the
Cinnamon Network Faith Action Audit
With Bishop Mike Hill, Deputy Mayor Daniella Radice and other guests
Tuesday 22 September 2.00 – 3.30 pm
Exhibition and light refreshments from 1.30
St Monica Trust, Cote Lane, BS9 3UN
Register at eventbrite.co.uk/event/17292937642/
The aim of this event is to recognise the significant contribution made by the faith communities to Bristol, and find ways to enable them to have a greater impact through more effective partnership with the Council and statutory groups.
There will also be an exhibition of the work of some of the key groups working to make Bristol a better place.
There will also be an opportunity to do some networking and visit the exhibition stands after the event.
The programmed speakers were:
Also contributing were: