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Busoasis Project
Sharon Lawrance has written an article about her first 12 month's work as Lead Community Worker with the Busoasis Project in the Calderdale circuit. To read the article please click here.

You can also visit the Busoasis website and Facebook and Twitter pages for more information about the project.
National Award for Touchstone
Appreciation for the dedicated work of the Touchstone Centre in Bradford has been expressed by the Christian Muslim Forum of Britain with an award to the Team Leader for the project’s work.

Although Revd Dr Barbara Glasson has only been with Touchstone for three years, the project has been working tirelessly in the city, and widely across the UK for over 22 years. Key to the vision of this Methodist project is the grassroots commitment to local interfaith communities and the ability to allow this experience to influence faith and civic priorities in Bradford and beyond. Through its in-depth understanding of Bradford, Touchstone has brought authentic understanding to the challenges facing Christian and Islamic communities in the UK. It has been seen as a ‘safe place’ for women in particular and for this reason in 2012 Touchstone was able to host a programme for BBC Radio 4 giving voice to Muslim women ten years on from 9/11. Touchstone was also instrumental in initiating the Bradford ‘Women Making a Difference Awards’ in conjunction with Bradford City Council. In 2013 Touchstone is piloting the ‘Listening for a Change’ project, with partners in Pakistan. These creative initiatives have contributed to the project’s recognition from the Christian Muslim Forum.

The award ceremony was held at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, London on February 5th 2013. After the ceremony there was an event entitled The Edge: Faith, Fear and Friendship – contextualising Islam and Christianity in the UK.
Tax Justice
Church Leaders in West Yorkshire have come together to sign a letter to the region's MPs and MEPs, asking them to push for tax justice. As senior church leaders and representatives of West Yorkshire Ecumenical Council (WYEC), they wrote during Poverty and Homelessness Action Week (26th January – 3rd February 2013), from the experience of their churches daily sheltering homeless people, feeding hungry people, clothing destitute people and supporting people crippled by debt. As the numbers of food banks and food parcels increase the sense of injustice at tax avoidance increases too. To read the full text of the letter please click here.
Probationers' Retreat
The West Yorkshire, Leeds and York & Hull probationers combined for a retreat at The Briery, Ilkley between 22nd and 25th January 2013. Sessions were led by the Revd Dr Roger Walton and Sister Pat Carney CP. There was time for prayer, worship, reflection and even some sledging!
Prayer Ribbons for Interfaith Week
Liz and Ruth from Touchstone went 'prayer weaving' at Bradford College as part of the Interfaith Week in November 2012. You can read more about this in Barbara's blog by clicking here.
The Tax Justice Bus Comes to Huddersfield
On Thursday, 11th October 2012 the Tax Justice Bus came to West Yorkshire stopping at Morley, Huddersfield, Halifax and Bradford. The bus, jointly sponsored by the Church Action on Poverty and Christian Aid, is to raise awareness about tax evasion/avoidance which hurts the poor in this country and across the world. Find out more from the Christian Aid website.

The photo shows some of the Methodists who came to meet the bus in Huddersfield and show their support for the campaign (left to right: Revd John Hayes, Deacon Jane Paine, Revd Graham Edwards, Revd Paul Martin)
Service of Welcome and Induction
The Service of Welcome and Induction for new Chair of District, the Revd Dr Roger L Walton, took place at Southgate Methodist Church on 30th August 2011. Photographs of the occasion can be seen by clicking here.
Christian Aid East Africa Emergency Appeal
In response to the East Africa food crisis Christian Aid has launched an emergency appeal to help people affected across the region. To make a donation or to find out more please click here.
Singing the Faith Plus
Almost every day, it seems, there is something new to find on the Methodist Church’s website for hymns and sung worship, Singing the Faith Plus. Many items have been suggested by site users, such as a complete alphabetical index of Singing the Faith first lines, complementing the range of search options already on the site. We are hearing, too, that many people would like more background information about hymn authors and specific hymns – we’re beginning to build this up (Marjorie Dobson’s 'Jesus, the carpenter' and Geoffrey Ainger’s ever-popular 'Born in the night' for example).

Worship resources for celebrating the new hymn book in your local area are available and, as we enter Advent, look out for similar support materials plus all the suggestions of hymns to accompany lectionary readings during this thought-provoking season of the Christian year.