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BRISTOL CITY OF SANCTUARY NEWS

 

Dear Supporters of Bristol City of Sanctuary,

I hope you're all well and enjoying the sunshine!

The next month promises to be a rather busy one, and I'd like to invite you
all to join us at the following events.

Saint Stephen's Church will be playing host to an evening of
disussion on the subject: "Bristol City of Sanctuary: old home or new
refuge?".

>From 19:30 on Wednesday 23rd March at St Stephens Church, 21 St. Stephen’s
Street (off Corn Street), Bristol, BS1 1EQ. Each session begins with music,
food and our personal stories.

Suggested donation £5.00. Please express your interest
to David Mowat – all are welcome. Email:

As you may know, Bristol recently became the UK’s fourth City of Sanctuary,
supported by Bristol City Council. Saint Stephen’s Reconciliation
Laboratory believes that for this welcoming approach to succeed, we need to
hear all our city voices. Saint Stephen’s Reconciliation Laboratory
facilitator and the church’s musical coordinator, David Mowat, says:
“Some people fear that Bristolians get ignored in favour of newcomers.
Meanwhile those seeking sanctuary may struggle to feel at home. Telling real
stories can lead to mutual listening. Saint Stephen’s expect to be
welcoming community leaders and members of local government. There will be no
reporting unless agreed in advance.

Saint Stephen’s Reconciliation Laboratory is inspired by the church’s new
altarpiece, the Bristol Reconciliation Reredos, created from Bristol’s
slavery past and hope for reconciliation. It aims to bring divided people
together in a safe place, and encourages participants to listen with care. In
October 2010, it hosted a Palestinian-Israeli exchange.

Canon Tim Higgins says: “We can learn from each other’s faith practices
and traditions. Tools for reconciliation can help restore peace without
brushing conflict under the carpet.”

Saint Stephen’s Reconciliation Laboratory aims to provide a safe place by
abiding to ground rules to aid listening with respect. The ground rules can
be found
here: http://www.saint-stephens.com/2011/03/reconciliation-laboratory-ground-rules/ 

From 19:30 on Wednesday 23rd March at St Stephens Church, 21 St. Stephen’s
Street (off Corn Street), Bristol, BS1 1EQ. Each session begins with music,
food and our personal stories.

Suggested donation £5.00. By invitation only. Please express your interest
to David Mowat – all are welcome. Email:

To keep up-to-date with upcoming events, please visit the events tab on our
website: http://www.cityofsanctuary.org/bristol/events 

That's all for now. Hope to see some of you at one of these events!

Thanks,

Andy Waitt
Volunteer Administrator