What is Touchstone?
Touchstone is a listening and welcoming community, enabling safe spaces for honest and creative dialogue. Touchstone works alongside people of many different faiths and gives opportunities to share communality and differences. Touchstone works particularly with women and in creative ways to talk about life and faith.
How it all began
Touchstone is a Methodist initiative which started in the 1980’s following the closure of the Bradford city centre Methodist Mission, Eastbrook Hall. Inspired people decided to keep a city centre presence by buying two terraced houses opposite Bradford University. These houses were used for theory years to enable that Christian presence in central Bradford to continue and interfaith work to flourish. But they became far too small for the vision of what Touchstone could become. After many years of prayer, planning and fundraising, in June 2018, Touchstone was able to move into a new home, very close by, which is bright, vibrant, larger and more accessible in every way. 4 Easby Road is now the base for interfaith work, counselling services and development programmes of all kinds.
Touchstone runs a number of significant projects each year and has a Facebook page:
- Light in Communities: A community project asking what brings light to your life and faith journey
- Baking a Difference: a chance to talk about the place of bread in various faith traditions - and to bake some yummy meals!
- Weaving Women’s Wisdom: a creative rug making project and touring exhibition
- Women Breaking Free: a counselling and retreat project for Women to talk about their journey to break free from childhood abuse
- Roots and Shoots group: working in partnership with The Feast, Touchstone is offering an intergenerational opportunity for women of all ages
- Extraordinary Drawers: a photographic exhibition which uses the hidden worlds inside our drawers to peek into the everyday lives of ordinary people.
Links with Pakistan
Through Touchstone the Yorkshire West Methodist District is partnered with the Multan Diocese of the Church of Pakistan.