Touchstone is a place of hospitality for people of all faiths and beliefs. We host various interfaith events and activities that enable the building of understanding and friendships between people of different faiths, particularly amongst women.
We regularly take part in local and national interfaith and civic events and memorials such as Remembering Srebrenica, Holocaust Memorial Day and The Big Iftar. We also deliver presentations on our work and the importance of interfaith dialogue in transforming communities.
Our current interfaith projects are:
‘Food Stories – Sharing Faith through Food’ From our experience, sharing food is a wonderful tool for bringing people together. The ‘Food Stories – Sharing Faith through Food’ group brings together women from different faiths and cultures to share stories, cook collectively and share what we have made together.
‘Art of Friendship’ brings together women from different faiths and cultures to participate in different creative activities.
‘Roots and Shoots’ is an intergenerational, interfaith project which has enabled women and girls from different backgrounds to share and discuss ideas around identity, faith, culture, being female and what this means to be 'us'.
‘Virtual Harmony’ This project ran in partnership with the music department at Leeds Beckett University, looking at how community music brings people together and how this can be adapted to an online setting. Fourteen women from different faiths met weekly to collaboratively create a melody, a rhythm section, some lyrics and a video to accompany our song, which is based on the beautiful bird the Swift. The participants all commented how much they valued being part of a group set up with the intention of forming bonds of friendship and harmony (pun intended!). They also said how much they enjoyed taking time out of their often busy lives to be creative and have fun – we certainly laughed a lot. To see our finished piece of music and video please visit 'The Swift' - Touchstone Workshop Series - YouTube.
‘Whose Bag is it Anyway?’
We are currently working with Methodist Women in Britain and the International Women’s World Day of Prayer to plan and organise an interfaith project based on the environment and climate change. In this project we will listen to and learn from each other’s faith perspective and see the imperative to care for creation in our Holy texts and traditions. We will also work together across communities to achieve practical and sustainable change. This project will run in 2022.
Roots and Shoots visit to Parsonage Museum