Faith and Spirituality

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Bristol Multifaith Forum
NOT LGBT Contact: Farzana Saker
Other 162 Pennywell Road Easton Bristol BS5 0TX
Cell Phone: 07834 812663 Website: http://www.bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk/

Bristol Multi Faith Forum (BMFF) was established in 2004 following consultation with the city’s faith communities and community sector.  The format for BMFF is one that has been developed through the feedback of the faith communities whilst also considering the wider city objectives in association with the Bristol Partnership, Safer Bristol and the city Council. During 2007 became an independent body funded by the Council. A development worker, Irene Prentice, was appointed in October to develop the objectives of BMFF.  The Forum meets every other month, at venues of the members. BMFF seeks to achieve its aims by:

  • Giving a voice for people of faith following a decade where faith has been greatly sidelined.
  • Serving as a Forum for Faith Communities to enter into dialogue with each other and with relevant organs of the statutory, private and voluntary sectors.
  • Developing and nurturing leadership in the faith communities, in partnership with those communities, in order to do the above and also to be a platform for focus on commonalities and shared objectives amongst the faiths.

These are the offices of ISR. Meetings of the forum rotate through the main meeting places of each of the member faiths (mosques, temples, churches, synagogues etc).  You can contact the Forum through:

Categories: All Bristol areas, Faith, Websites
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Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association (GALVA)

The Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association is an international organization dedicated to the teachings of Lord Caitanya, the importance of all-inclusiveness within His mission, and the Vedic concept of a natural third gender. Its purpose is to educate Vaishnavas, Hindus and the public in general about the “third sex” as described in Vedic literatures. This knowledge will help to correct many of the common misconceptions that people hold today concerning third-gender people (gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders, the intersexed, etc.). In addition to this, GALVA wishes to provide a friendly and positive-oriented place where third-gender devotees and guests can associate together and utilize their time to learn more about Krsna consciousness and advance in spiritual life.

Categories: Faith, International, Intersex, LGBT, Social networks, Spirituality, Support groups, Websites
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Imaan
Other 59 Mile End Road Tower Hamlets London E1 4AQ
Work Phone: 020 3393 5188 Cell Phone: 07849 170793 Website: http://www.imaan.org.uk Website: http://www.forum.imaan.org.uk

Social Support for Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Trans Muslims. Imaan supports LGBT Muslim people, their families and friends, to address issues of sexual orientation within Islam. It provides a safe space and support network to address issues of common concern through sharing individual experiences and institutional resources. Imaan promotes the Islamic values of peace, social justice and tolerance through its work, and aspires to bring about a world that is free from prejudice and discrimination against all Muslims and LGBT people. Imaan is an independent organisation run by volunteers and without external funding. All donations of time or money will be gratefully received. Please contact the Imaan Chair by email (see above). Monthly Imaan meetings are held at central London venues. For details of the next meeting please contact the Imaan Events Officer by email (see above) To network with other LGBT Muslims, friends, families and supporters, join the Imaan forum (see website address, above)

Categories: Faith, LGBT, Social groups, Support groups, UK, Websites
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Jewish Lesbian and Gay Group
Work Phone: 07504 924742 Website: http://www.jglg.org.uk

We are the longest established Jewish LGBT group in the world. Our membership is open to Jewish men and women who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender including people from many different backgrounds. We welcome non-Jewish partners to all events and non-LGBT & non-Jewish guests to certain events, and although the group is based in London we have many members living across the country.  Our membership covers a fairly broad age range, and in early 2009 we launched Young JGLG to promote the inclusion of the under-35 Jewish LGBT community. They are represented on the main JGLG committee and some events are exclusive to the younger membership.  We are primarily a social rather than religious group, and most of our religious events tend to follow Progressive/Reform traditions.  We are affiliated to the World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Jews and work collaboratively with other organisations to ensure a breadth of opportunities for the Jewish LGBT community.

Categories: Faith, LGBT, Support groups, UK, Websites
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Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, Bristol
Contact: Alan
Home Phone: 0117-9821512

All the world’s major religions are faced with having to come to terms with a modern understanding of homosexuality. The place of gay and lesbian people in the life of the Church is currently Christianity’s most divisive issue. Confronting homophobia is its greatest challenge. The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement is proclaiming a basic Christian truth. It is working for the very love and freedom that Christ brings to his people through his life, death and resurrection. LGCM is working for love, for peace, for justice, and for the promotion of the Christian faith especially within the LGBT community.

Categories: All Bristol areas, Faith, LGBT, Social groups, Spirituality, Support groups
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Parents of Jewish Gays
Cell Phone: 07806 636089 Website: http://www.parentsofjewishgaysandlesbians.co.uk/

Are you Jewish? *Is your son gay or your daughter lesbian? * Are you having difficulties in coping with this? * Would you like to have the opportunity of meeting other parents who are in the same situation as yourself and would like to know how they have managed? Then the Support Group for Parents of Jewish Gays and Lesbians could well be the answer for you. Call 07806 636089 Please note that unfortunately it is not possible to always man the phone and for reasons of discretion without your permission you will not be phoned back. Therefore please try again another time if there is no answer or leave a message or text with the number you would like to be phoned back on. Thank you.

Categories: Faith, Families, Support groups, UK, Websites
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Quaker Lesbian & Gay Fellowship
Contact: Roy Vickery
Other 9 Terrapin Court Terrapin Road London SW17 8QW
Website: http://www.qlgf.org.uk

QLGF is a welcoming and supportive group for Quakers of all sexualities and those who, while not Quakers, are in general sympathy with the Quaker thought and lifestyle. We aim to encourage friendship and support among members; also to help members who are experiencing difficulties in being accepted or accepting themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered. We aim to promote dialogue at all levels within the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) with a view to achieving a deeper mutual understanding.

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Safra Project
Work Phone: 07941 659320 Website: Visit Website

The Safra Project is a resource project working on issues relating to lesbian, bisexual and/or transgender women who identify as Muslim religiously and/or culturally .

Categories: Bi-Sexual, Bisexual, BME, Faith, Lesbian women, LGBT, Support groups, UK, Women
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