St Michael’s Way – Lelant to Marazion – Wednesday, 25th October

For those of you who missed the Cornwall Faith Forum’s walk along St Michael’sWay, there’s another chance to undertake this on Wednesday, 25th October.  Janet McEwan is organising an an interfaith and interdisciplinary walk along the route.  Janet says ‘We will be walking the route with a group of invited speakers and guests with diverse backgrounds. Conversation generated along the way will inform a modest printed ‘companion’ for the walk that will be available in the new year, and used as a guide for a public walk in the spring of 2018’ .

 This walk is part of ‘Stepping St Michaels Way’: a year-long arts project developed by Tough Dough and Friends of St Michael’s Way, that aims to bring communities together to celebrate the heritage themes behind this pilgrim route.

  1. Walk No 1.   Wed 25th October 2017

A walk along St MW with 6-12 ‘guides’ who will each focus on a section or feature of the route. The group will be composed of up to 30 invited guests who may include: cultural producers, representatives from Faith communities, education communities, landowners, creative practitioners, geologists, and other specialists.

The walk will set off from Lelant at 10am.  We need to allow at least 6 hours to complete the route, allowing time to stop occasionally for lunch and ‘talks’. There will be opportunities to join the walk at various points along the route. More information will be available nearer the time.

If the weather is very unpleasant, the Murley Hall in Ludgvan will be booked and we can meet there.

 

  1. Publication. Following Walk No1 a small booklet will be produced containing personal responses from guides and guests.  It will be framed as a ‘Companion’: an alternative guide to the St.MW offering multiple perspectives on the footpath.

The booklet be printed as a limited edition of 300, but also be available to download on the St.MW website.

 

  1. Walk No 2. A public walk in Spring 2018, along St Michael’s way led by Janet McEwan & one or more of the guide authors, with readings along the route from the St Michael’s Way companion booklet

For more information contact Janet McEwan:  janet.mcewan@yahoo.co.uk

 

Some background information.

St Michael’s Way is a 12.5 mile walking route which crosses West Cornwall: from Lelant on the North Coast to Marazion and St. Michael’s Mount on the South Coast.

The path was established in 1994 based on research into old shipping records, which, along with other historical and archaeological evidence, strongly suggest that many pilgrims & traders chose this overland route to avoid sailing round the treacherous waters at Land’s End. It was designated a European Cultural Route, linked to the Camino de Santiago network of pilgrim paths, and remains a tangible reminder of Cornwall’s longstanding connections with wider Europe, and beyond.

In 2015 a number of interested folk with diverse backgrounds came together and formed Friends of St Michael’s Way: a constituted group, whose broad aims include ensuring the footpath is maintained, promoting the route regionally and beyond, while researching & considering its cultural, spiritual, economic and geo-political significance – past, present and future, through various lenses.

Over the summer of 2016, Friends of St Michael’s raised awareness about the footpath through delivering a programme of public events, including exhibitions, talks and guided walks.

Cornwall Faith Forum Open Meeting & Annual General Meeting – Thursday 19th October

Thursday, 19th October 2017 at 7.00 pm (refreshments served from 6.45 pm) at County Hall, Truro.

Do join us for updates of our sharing, building and learning for peace project groups and hear about our plans for 2018.  For further information contact the Chair, Andrew Yates at andrew.yates@truro.anglican.org

Minutes of our last Annual General Meeting held on 6th October 2016 can viewed  here: Notes of Cornwall Faith Forum Annual General Meeting – 06.10.16

Cornwall Faith Forum AGM Agenda 19th October 2017 can be viewed here:  CFF AGM 19.10.17 County Hall, Truro – Agenda

One World Week at Truro Cathedral – 22nd-29th October

One World Week Exhibition

Highlighting ways in which we can be Good Neighbours thereby making it a better world for all of us.   In the Cathedral Nave. (Mon -Sat 10-5pm, Sun 12-4pm) FREE.  See leaflet for more information: FLYER FOR OWW 2017 Cathedral version

 

Special Evensong to mark UN Day at the Cathedral – Sunday 22nd October at 4pm

Join the members of the Mid Cornwall United Nations Association for Evensong as we celebrate the work of the UN. Bishop Richard Llewellin (former Bishop of St Germans) will preach about the

crisis in the Middle East and the terrible consequences.  To view flyer: UNEvensong2017

 

One Day One Choir, UN International Day of Peace – 21st September 2017

One Day One Choir organiser, Paul Haines, tell us about this amazing recent event:

The two day event to raise awareness for the UN International Day of Peace on the 21st September went very well. The first day on Saturday 16th September was held on Lemon Quay with extremely wet weather, particularly in the morning. The second day, on the 21st, started outside Truro Cathedral with the final two sessions in Truro Methodist Church. 28 choirs performed, with many groups and organisations involved. There were some very inspirational speakers between the choirs with 7 different faith speakers from the Cornwall Faith Forum. It was wonderful to know that by supporting the global choral project, One Day One Choir, we were singing for world peace with choirs all around the world. Donations were also collected for the UK charity Children of Peace which supports groups helping children in the Middle East.

For more information on the organisations involved with One Day One Choir:

www.onedayonechoir.org

www.childrenofpeace.org.uk

Community Migration stories

Sarah from Storylines tells us about a new project:

In March 2018, the National Maritime Museum Cornwall will be opening their new major temporary exhibition, Titanic Stories (title TBC). A fundamental theme of the Titanic story is that of migration, of people boarding the liner in search of a new life in America. As part of the exhibition, the museum would like to gather and present contemporary stories from the community and have partnered with Storylines CIC (www.storylines.org.uk) to collect and record stories and experiences of people that have moved to Cornwall from overseas.

We are currently looking for people who have migrated to Cornwall from overseas and would like to share their story with the project. If people would like to learn more about the project and/or get involved, then I would love to hear from them on-

Sarah@storylines.org.uk 

07767382552

 

Sarah Chapman

Storylines

07767382552

www.storylines.org.uk

Pilgrimage

Cornwall Faith Forum’s member, Valerie Ward, shares with us her thought on the Islamic pilgrimage, the Haj:

Pilgrimages are journeys motivated by religious sentiments.  They may be to visit a place considered sacred or as an act of devotion.  All major religions have some form of pilgrimage.

At the beginning of September 2017 Muslims all over the world will be thinking of the Islamic pilgrimage, the Haj.  The Haj fulfils both criteria; visiting a sacred place and performing acts of devotion.

Haj is the fifth Pillar of Islam, pillars which are the basis of faith.  It is referred to in the Holy Quran, Ch.22 v. 27/28.

“and Proclaim unto men the Pilgrimage(Haj)….”

“That they may witness the benefits for them and may mention the name of Allah during the appointed days…..”

All Muslims should perform the Haj at least once in their lifetime if they have the health and the means to do so.

Muslims travel to Mecca in Saudi Arabia where the ancient place of worship called the Ka’ba is found.  Today the Ka’ba stands in the middle of the large courtyard of Masjid al Haram or the Sacred Mosque.  This place of worship was known to Abraham.  In the Sacred Mosque is also the Station of Abraham(Maqam a Ibrahim) and the spring of water called Zam Zam.

There is a very close connection between Abraham and the Haj in Mecca.  Abraham took his wife and his baby son, Ishamel to Mecca, under instructions from God although at that time there was no settlement there.  Later he and his son Ishmael rebuilt the Ka’ba, also under instructions from Almighty Allah.  As Abraham was told to rebuild the Ka’ba it must have existed as a place of worship before that but had fallen into ruin through misuse.  After the time of Abraham it has been in continual use as a house of worship and pilgrimage, though the monotheism of Abraham was at times lost so that by the time of the Holy Prophet Muhmmad(saw) the Ka’ba was contained more than 300 statues and idols.

There are rituals and prayers special to the Haj.  Today pilgrims travel from all around the world.  They go in guided groups with scholars to explain the customs and meanings of the prayers so that all, no matter what nationality or language, can benefit from their Haj.

There are many websites explaining the detail and importance of the rituals of Haj.

Since the lifetime of the Holy Prophet(saw) the Haj has been performed each year.  The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar and so the days of the Haj change throughout the seasons.

In addition to the performance of the rituals of Haj and its sacred spiritual benefits it should also be a time for Muslims from all around the world to renew their fellowship, friendship and unity, to develop cordial relationships for the benefit of all.

May Almighty Allah enable all Muslims to perform the Haj in its true spirit and heal the divisions between them and all God’s creation.

Ponsharden Cemeteries – Open Day – Sunday 10th September 2017

Come and have a look round Ponsharden Cemetries

On Sunday, 10 September, 2-4pm, there will be an Open Day at the Jewish Cemetery and Dissenters’ Burying Ground (also known as Congregationalists) at Ponsharden in Falmouth adjacent to Sainsburys Store. Keith Pearce, historian and authority on Cornish Jewish life and cemeteries will be on hand to discuss the background and personages buried in the Jewish cemetery and Dissenters’ historians, Rob Nunn and Tom Weller, will do likewise with respect to the adjacent Dissenters’ Burying Ground.

Presently, the cemeteries are kept locked due to vandalism and their unstable condition. Many of the tombs have been broken open, the ground is uneven and the boundary walls unstable. Until the site has been stabilised , we unfortunately cannot allow unescorted access for Health & Safety reasons. But there is now an excellent opportunity to visit these two unique Georgian Cemeteries.

Both cemeteries are presently undergoing restoration led by Falmouth Town Council, with the help of Historic England and the Friends of Ponsharden Cemeteries. An application to the Heritage Lottery Fund has been submitted to raise the additional necessary funds. If successful, the Cemeteries will be open at the earliest to the public in late 2019.

The Open Day is organised in conjunction with the European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage and National Cemeteries Week.  Parking available at Park and Float/Ride car park. New Friends of the Ponsharden Cemeteries are always welcome.  Membership application forms will be available.

Visitors will be offered headphones that will provide an audio trail so that they be introduced to the lives of some of the those buried in the Cemeteries.

In connection with the Open Day there will be a Presentation at The Poly at 12.30 pm by Ruth Mitchell & Derek Frood of the Ripple Theatre about their research and development of the Ponsharden and other cemeteries.  All are very welcome to attend.  Seats are free, but in order to manage numbers they are requesting that anyone interested in attending book via EventBrite. The link to EventBrite is: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e /hidden-stories-hidden-places- presentation-at-the-poly- falmouth-tickets-36401205987.  Anyone considering sharing details about the Presentation either by email or social media is free to include the link to EventBrite.

If you require further information please contact Henrietta Boex, Director of Cultural Services, Falmouth on telephone: 01326 313 863 or email: director@falmouthartgallery.com

Also view:   https://kehillatkernow.com/news/ponsharden-open-day/

Cornwall Diversity Food Festival – Saturday, 18th November 2017

All Saints Highertown Church Hall, Truro TR1 3LD

12.00 noon — 4.30 pm

Food is one of the powerful tools that can be used to encourage dialogue but at times it is not well celebrated. It is the essence of this day to capture that power by showcasing the many food types enjoyed around the world but prepared in Cornwall.

The face of Cornwall is changing and what a way to capture that transformation than with food, encouraging social cohesion while celebrating differences of nationalities, cultures, faiths, denominations and race.

Cornwall Diversity Food Festival is an event open to all age groups to encourage children to learn from a young age and adults to share and enjoy food and probably swap recipes. This is also an opportunity to promote British values, encourage integration, tolerance and social inclusion through food.

For more information contact: 

Mary Mawonera, Email: mgomo@hotmail.com  Mobile: 07517429553

Laura Allsworth, Email: bigfatcake2010@hotmail.co.uk  Mobile: 07772545772

Sanjay Kumar, Email:  schoolofcornishsardines@hotmail.com  Mobile: 07703016842

View flyer with all the information here:  Cornwall Diversity Food Festival – 18.11.17

 

Cornwall Takes Tea with the World – Saturday 9th September

At All Saints Church, Highertown, Truro – 2.00 – 5.00 pm with activities throughout the afternoon.  Just drop in!

Many times have wars been waged over this, rituals and ceremonies are devoted to preparing it, and about 4 billion people around the world drink it. Since being founded in China over 5000 years ago, tea has now been adopted as Britain’s go to drink to resolve all sorts of kafuffles. Tea is a beverage for mourners and celebrants, new couples and diamond wedding couples, retired or working, for those on their own or for big shindigs, it is the brew for the few and the many. When I meet with people in a pastoral capacity – we take tea. When I meet prospective marriage couples – we take tea. It is fair to say that the classic words ‘more tea vicar’ are a delight to my ears. Cornwall even has its own world famous Tregothnan Tea!

In fact tea comes in many colours and many flavours, green, white, grey, red and black; decaf, breakfast, fruit, lavender, jasmine, hibiscus, peppermint, lemon and ginger; Gunpowder, Chai, Matcha, Oolong, and even Builders tea; you name it, there’s a cup for you. And that’s the point. This September Inclusion Cornwall, Truro City Council and All Saints Church will be celebrating tolerance, inclusiveness, and diversity in the initiative event ‘Cornwall Takes Tea with the World’.

At this special drop in event on September 9th from 2pm to 5pm at All Saints Church Highertown we will be inviting people to come together that wouldn’t normally meet to, have a cuppa on us! Focusing on promoting tolerance and understanding, we will be welcoming many of our immigrant and migrant workers community, along with residents and our local community, meeting together to share tales and tea.

You are very welcome to join us. It will be fun, it will be free and there’ll be great tea! Rev Jeremy.

Cornwall Faith Forum Open Meeting – Wednesday 6th September – Moving forward with the Dor Kemmyn Oval

All are invited to a special meeting to look at ideas and suggestions of moving forward our ‘Building for Peace’ strand of the Cornwall Faith Forum, the Dor Kemmyn Oval, our Centre for Peace and Faith.  Our good news is that Cornwall Council have responded positively to our request for an extension to the Option to Lease contract on the ground at Penmount, Truro until 2022.  The Penmount field is where we are currently making our cob bricks for the internal walls of the building.    We are now setting up a new Dor Kemmyn Oval task group to advance the project.

All ideas and suggestions from our friends, contacts and members (everyone!) would be welcome to make the Dor Kemmyn Oval building a reality.

Be part of this exciting project of providing a Centre for Peace and Faith in Truro for generations to come.

For more information about the Dor Kemmyn Oval and the meeting contact Andrew Yates, Chair, Cornwall Faith Forum email  srotruro@btinternet.com or

tel.  07773 088906

For flyer view here:  CFF Open Meeting 06.09.17 – re DKO