Nectar of Vraji Festival – 26th-30th May, Lizard Point, Cornwall

This year’ s Nectar of Vraja Festival will be held during the May half-term week in beautiful Cornwall, UK.  The venue is an ancient spiritual site built on an old stone circle where two ley-lines meet. Bring the whole family to this wonderful area for 5 days of harikatha, kirtan and prasadam. This is our third Nectar of Vraja festival with Sripad Bhaktivedanta Madhava Maharaja and this year we are delighted to say that he will be joined for harikatha by Sripad Bhaktivedanta Vana Maharaja.

We are also ecstatic that the Kirtaniyas will be coming home from their American tour to lead a happening kirtan! Hari bol! We encourage you to bring your instruments and singing voices and get ready to sway with the transcendental sounds. The festival venue is booked for arrival from 24-31 May – with Hari Katha starting on the 26th and ending on the 30th. There is free camping available at the site in exchange for seva (minimum 2 hours daily). You must pre-book for free camping with us as it first come, first served for a maximum of 200 people. Please note, that only tents are allowed in the camping fields. Cars must be parked in the designated parking area next to the caravans. There are also spaces for people to bring their own motorhomes, camper-vans, caravans. Again, this requires pre-booking. Prasadam starts in the evening on the 24th and continues through to the evening on the 31st. I hope this helps. Please keep checking the festival Facebook page for more updates. Hare Krishna!

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all of you.

Have you seen our new thought for the week? Every week a new thoughtful gift from one of our faith communities. Many thanks for your support.

Our new weaving project is starting off this month and we are working with the Inspiring Women Network. Women and girls of different faiths are invited to join together to share their wisdom, to have creative conversations and to have fun. We will start with conversations about wisdom and remember wise people that have influenced our lives and faith. These conversations will inspire the rug’s design. The idea for this project has come from Barbara Glasson at the Touchstone project in Bradford. Once the rug is finished it will become part of the carpet of a yurt (see picture). The yurt will come to Cornwall during the summer and we will all be invited to take of our shoes and walk into the yurt reflecting on wisdom, wise stories and the people that have inspired us………………

 

Moving forward project

Inspiring Women Network (IWN) is a multi-cultural group run and led by diverse women that provides various activities, events and services in the community from weekly craft workshops, to film nights, to advocacy.

We are running a project called the ‘Moving Forward Project’ which is about offering unemployed women opportunities to learn new skills, access accredited training, meet new people, improve their employability, and improve their confidence. This project is delivered from Bosvigo children centre in Truro on Wednesdays (term-time only) 12.45-2.45pm. There is a crèche facility available and possible help with travel costs. All activities are free.

If you think you would like to take part in this project or know someone who might be interested, then please pass on the information.  Please see this flyer  IWN funding and for further details please contact me by email or mobile on 07999327717.

Nour Chakroun, Project Co-ordinator

07999 327 717 or email nouchat@yahoo.com

Weaving Women’s Wisdom

Cornwall Faith Forum is warmly inviting you for a coffee morning on the 12th December between 09:00 and 10:30 at the Bosvigo School Children’s Centre, Chapel Hill, Truro, TR1 3BJ, to find out about our exciting new project for the dark winter months: Weaving Women’s Wisdom.  Women and girls of different backgrounds are invited to join together to share their wisdom, to have creative conversations and to have fun!

You are invited to make a beautiful rug which will be combined to make a travelling exhibition. We will start with conversations around wisdom, remember wise women that have influenced our lives and share stories.  These conversations will inspire the rug’s design. Imagination is more important than expertise…… If you would like to get involved please www.dorkemmyn.org.uk or contact Rita on rita@dorkemmyn.org.uk or on 07775-937485

Cornwall Faith Forum is a charity and brings together 7 different faith communities in Cornwall: Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Pagan. We develop and run workshops for primary schools (with Cornwall Council), secondary schools, college pupils and carers in Cornwall.

Weaving Wisdom

Wisdom is a common thread within all faiths.

We have an exciting new project for the dark winter months: Weaving Women’s Wisdom. Women and girls from different backgrounds and faiths are invited to join together to share their wisdom, to have creative conversations and to have fun! The project has been set by the Touchstone Project in Bradford led by Rev. Barbara Glasson. You might remember her as a very inspiring speaker at our Cornwall Faith Forum Conference during Inter-Faith week 2013.

We are invited to make beautiful rugs which will be combined to make a travelling exhibition. We will first start with conversations around wisdom, remember wise women that have influenced our lives and faith and share stories. These conversations will inspire the rug’s design. The touchstone project is providing a canvas and starter kit and we can bring in colourful materials like ribbon, fabric, beads, buttons and photographs. Imagination is more important than expertise…… If you would like to get involved please contact Rita on rita@dorkemmyn.org.uk…

Wisdom is a common thread within all faiths.

 

The Pagan Federation was voted onto the Inter Faith Network UK

Eve Salthouse, from the Pagan Community of the Cornwall Faith Forum writes about some exciting news for the Pagans:

On September 27th the Pagan Federation was voted into the Inter Faith Network UK as a national faith community representative body. Another Pagan organisation, The Druid Network, was also voted on. As a new member, the Pagan Federation will be a provisional member for two years and then face a vote to be accepted as a full member.

To put this momentous occasion in perspective, this vote to be accepted even as a provisional member has taken an astonishing twenty five years of patient work by Pagan leaders. Many years ago, Paganism was not as well understood as it is today, and much of our current equality legislation was not yet on the statute books, but even so, twenty five years of diplomatic and respectful effort to be accepted is a great testament to those who have worked so tirelessly to gain a voice for Pagans among other faiths. There have been years (decades!), of obstruction and prejudice but hopefully this vote marks the beginning of much greater tolerance and understanding.

Members of the Cornish Faith Forum might also like to ponder on how magnificently this reflects on Cornwall! The Faith Forum can rightfully feel very proud of the way it has upheld the principles of inter-faith respect and understanding , so very much in advance of the rest of the country.

Interfaith Week Exhibition

The Cornwall Faith Forum has joined forces with the Compass at Tremough CUC University to hold an exhibition during Interfaith Week on Wednesday, 19th November from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm.

This exhibition seeks to celebrate the diversity of religious and spiritual beliefs within the staff, students and local community. All perspectives are welcomed and every project from contributors of any faith or none, will be considered. You may choose whatever media feels appropriate. This could be a collection of objects, a performance, a participatory activity, a film, selection of photographs or 2D or 3D work etc. You may already have work that could be shown.

To register your interest, please email chaplaincy@fxplus.ac.uk by Friday November 7th explaining your proposal in a few sentences.

If you would like to discuss your idea please call 01326 370744 or email chaplaincy@fxplus.ac.uk with your preferred method of contact and somebody will be in touch.

Please take into account that there is little space for hanging painting and drawing so free standing work is preferred. Due to restrictions in place in the space, no food can be served and no performances involving noise or music are allowed.

Grand Celebration of Faith Diversity – 21st October

Three hundred primary school pupils had a wonderful day on Tuesday 21th of October. They were offered eight workshops filled with festivals by the following faith communities in Cornwall: the Baha’i Faith, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan and Sikh community. Every workshop had different colours, smells and atmospheres which engaged all the senses of the pupils and teachers.
The event was jointly organised by Cornwall Faith Forum and Cornwall Council and aimed to enhance the children’s qualities of tolerance, empathy and appreciation of different faiths.

The day was a great success. Pupils from Archbishop Benson School wrote that they learned “about all the different religions and how to make people happy” and that they found out “that all faiths have similarities and to respect other beliefs”. Pupils from King Charles School discovered “faiths that they didn’t know and lots of interesting celebrations” and that “every religion prays”. Similar comments were received from most of the pupils.

Teachers from King Charles School in Falmouth commented that “The day was very welcoming and the pupils clearly enjoyed all workshops. The event was extremely well organised and pupils asked lots of questions which has given us plenty of new material to take back into the class room”.

When teachers from Archbishop Benson School were asked how their pupils received the workshops, they said: “Pupils were very interested in discovering about religions from first-hand practitioners” They were very open minded and all really engaged and showed respect for all the faiths”.

Cornwall Faith Forum would like to thank their wonderful volunteers for all their hard work and commitment in preparing and presenting the workshops. Most volunteers had taken a day of annual leave to deliver the workshops.

Children also heard about the plans for Dor Kemmyn, the Inter-Faith Centre for Cornwall, which the faith communities will be building at Penmount, just outside Truro. A community cob-brick building project will start in the spring of next year and we will be creating 6000 bricks from the soil present on site. Anyone interested in helping to build bricks please contact rita@dorkemmyn.org.uk 

Revd Andrew Yates, Chairman of Cornwall Faith Forum, highlighted the importance of the event in letting children and adults know that there are many people from different faiths sharing Cornwall with them.

 

Celebration of Eid-ul-Adha on a gorgeous day

 

Yesterday, we celebrated Eid-ul-Adha (the end of the Haj pilgrimage) at Penmount. It was a beautiful still day and the wooden outline of the Inter-faith Centre looked inviting. As we arrived to set up our gazebo, Steve from Penmount Crematorium was mowing a path and was bringing chairs. A party was about to start and then gorgeous food started arriving.  Mubeen welcomed everyone by talking about the Haj Pilgrimage and by explaining how important it is to celebrate together. Thanks very much to everyone who came along, it was wonderful to see new families and thanks to everyone for bringing great food: all homemade and recipes from all over the world.  Some of our guests expected to see a building but were lovely and flexible and enjoyed an open-air party in our field. Thanks to everyone for coming and for all the good wishes…….

Eid ul Fitr at the Dor Kemmyn Field

Thanks to our hosts Nour and Mubeen for a lovely time celebrating Eid ul Fitr.  The afternoon commenced with Mubeen explaining about the Muslim Festival celebrating the end of Ramadan, and also about the three pillars at Mecca where many thousands of pilgrims go each year.  Stones are thrown by the pilgrims between the pillars which symbolises casting the ‘bad’ things within yourself, and starting afresh.

We then had a good time of socialising with many new faces present, and in true Dor Kemmyn tradition there was a fine array of colourful foods to treat ourselves with.  The children had a good time playing a game of throwing balls to hit tins on our Dor Kemmyn posts which was to resemble throwing stones at the pillars.

It was good to be back at the Dor Kemmyn field.  It was a still, quiet and even warm October afternoon.  We hope one day in the near future we will be holding Eid again but in our new building.  Thanks to all those who came along.  It was a truly lovely event.