Updates on Building, Sharing and Learning for Peace

Hear from the Chair, Andrew Yates, of the Cornwall Faith Forum about the various strands of the Forum

Building for Peace

The 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 until 2022. The not so good news is that because of other commitments and people moving away from Cornwall, the Building Project Group now needs re-forming. So we are asking the wider membership for ideas AND volunteers to be put forward for a new Dor Kemmyn Oval task group to submit proposals to Trustees. If you are interested in being part of this group and have suggestions to take it forward please get in touch with me ASAP srotruro@btinternet.com. We will also be holding an Open Meeting to consider this project on Wednesday September 6th at 7pm at New County Hall in Truro to look specifically at this issue. The need to seek an extension to our Lease Option has really focussed the Trustees’ minds and we cannot under estimate the sense of urgency that now surrounds this strand.

In the meantime if you want to add to our cob brick pile or know individuals or groups who would enjoy participating please contact Rita Stephen dorkemmyn.rita@btinternet.com for information on this fun and important opportunity.

 

Sharing for Peace

We held a time of reflection at Penmount as part of the Jo Cox Memorial Get Together with readings on a theme of togetherness from our seven traditions.

A copy of extracts from these texts is on our web site for further reflection. And our togetherness continued with a shared picnic and a literal ‘all together now’ pull exercise of re-covering the polytunnel.

Our Community Link Project of helping the Syrian Families integrate into local Cornish communities continues to be a success. New volunteers to help at the weekly coffee morning and with other social activities are always welcome and any Arabic speakers in the area who might be willing and able to offer time would be especially appreciated. Once again please contact Rita at dorkemmyn.rita@btinternet.com for more information.  All those who have participated in this project speak of the tremendous privilege it feels to offer service in this way.

 

Learning for Peace

Once the Academic Year is in full swing we shall again be looking for volunteers to act as Faith Awareness speakers – being willing to go into schools or attend events to share the importance to you of your faith and so help children and adults understand more about the diversity of faith reactions present across our County.

 

Treasurer

After several years of invaluable service our treasurer, Karen Harris, is retiring.   So from the AGM in October onwards we are looking for someone or ‘someones’ in a possible job share to take on this important role. If you might have the time and experience to help in this role or just at this stage to enquire what it involves please contact Andrew Yates srotruro@btinternet.com to discuss this.  A list of current tasks is available from Andrew.

After the tragic events earlier this year in Manchester, London Bridge, Finsbury Park and across the globe the need for People of Faith to come and stand together side by side is even greater.  All strands of our work as Cornwall Faith Forum are vitally important to the well-being and safety of our Community so please do to try to support the Cornwall Faith Forum in any ways you can.

If you would like to know more about the work of Cornwall Faith Forum or to take part please contact any of the Trustees:

Ron Ede  edesatfernhill@btinternet.com

Di Profaska  diprofaska@hotmail.co.uk

Eve Salthouse  meadowsweeteve@googlemail.com

Karen Harris kharrisiom@aol.com

Philomena Clifford philomenaclifford@yahoo.co.uk

Andrew Yates srotruro@btinternet.com

Or our Inter Faith Development Worker Rita Stephen Dorkemmyn.rita@btinternet.com

A printable copy of this update: Letter 28.07.17 – CFF Updates on Building, Sharing & Learning for Peace

World Peace Day Singing Events, Truro – 16th & 21st September

One Day – One Choir, A Global Choral project for Peace

Saturday 16th September Truro, Lemon Quay. 10.30 – 12.30 and 13.30 – 15.30  (If bad weather, Truro Methodist Church)

AND

Thursday 21st September Truro Cathedral. 13.00 – 15.00 and

Truro Methodist Church. 16.15 – 18.00 and 19.15 – 21.00

Last year’s event was featured on BBC Radio Cornwall and live on BBC Spotlight There will again be singing, readings, and other groups taking part including the Cornwall Faith Forum, Amnesty International, etc. With 20 choirs last year, the aim is for 30 this year!  For any enquiries contact       paul.haines10@gmail.com or 07855 495881

See flyer for more information:  UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 10

Project Griffin Awareness Sessions – counter terrorism awareness initiative presented by Devon and Cornwall Police

Project Griffin Awareness Sessions which will be presented by Devon and Cornwall Police at:

Project Griffin is a national counter terrorism awareness initiative for business and event organisers. Its primary mission is to engage, encourage and enable members of the community to work in partnership with the police to deter, detect and counter terrorist activity and crime.

The events are presented by trained police advisers delivering a range of counter terrorism awareness modules, which in turn will allow participants to consider their own procedures for dealing with terror related incidents.

In addition, Cornwall Council’s Resilience & Emergency Management team will give a short presentation setting out the wider ‘emergency preparedness’ considerations for event organisers. This brief will assist organisers to prepare and deliver a safer event, having given appropriate consideration and planning for the wider impacts of emergencies on, or as a result of, their event. The necessity for multi-agency liaison and planning, especially with the emergency services, is an important factor.  This is included in the overall timings shown on the event invitation fliers attached.

If you would like to attend please reply with your chosen venue and time directly to ctsa@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk  Please include your name, event/business you are representing and contact details.

Please be aware that parking during the day at New County Hall in Truro is limited so if you choose the 2-4pm session on Tuesday 15th August you would be advised to use the Park and Ride bus which stops at New County Hall.

For those attending St Johns Hall in Penzance, Pay and Display parking can be found close by at Penalverne Car Park, St Erbyns Car Park and Penlee House/Wellfields Car Park.

Please note you must be registered to attend and all replies must be sent to ctsa@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk

Festival Angels – August 2017

A team of “Angels” will be on hand at Newquay’s Boardmasters Festival in August.

The Festival Angels volunteers, along the lines of the Street Angels and Street Pastors models, will be out and about across the festival site offering help and assistance to the 35,000 festival goers.

The teams will offer support such as helping carry bags and putting up tents as people arrive, and offering directions, water and Suntan Lotion as the festival gets underway. Festival Angel volunteers will also be on hand to support and work alongside other welfare teams.

Festival Angels was launched at Leeds Festival in 2011 and since then has extended to 175 volunteers in 2016 running a cafe, lost property and detached teams. The concept of Festival Angels has become an integral part of Leeds Festival with other major music festivals across the UK now looking at replicating the model.

Based on that successful track record at Leeds, local organisers thought Festival Angels would bring a uniquely positive contribution to the Boardmaster event, which completely dominates the Newquay area for a few days every August. Our aim is to support the local effort this year and build a team that will be led and resourced locally in future years.

Paul Blakey MBE, the founder of Street Angels and Christian Nightlife Initiatives Network, comments, “This is the first time for Festival Angels at Boardmasters. Following on from the success at Leeds, the church in Newquay contacted us for support in running Festival Angels within Boardmasters. Our aim is to support a local team this year and then hand the project over in future years.”

Derek Baker (Faith Co-ordinator for Devon and Cornwall Police, and Regional Co-ordinator for ‘Redeeming Our Communities’) says that Festival Angels is a great opportunity for people with Street Pastor, Street Angel or similar experience to take their skills and concern for the safety and wellbeing of others into the Music Festival environment.

Jez Bayes (Safer Cornwall Alcohol Strategy Co-ordinator) stated that this community spirited initiative will help to continue the development of The Boardmasters Festival as a safe and vibrant event, making sure that people are able to look back on their time here for the right reasons.

To find out more or to sign up as a Festival Angel volunteer visit www.boardmastersfestivalangels.org.uk

Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police response to Finsbury Park attack

Following the attack on Sunday 18 June outside the Muslim Welfare house on Seven Sisters Road, near Finsbury Park Mosque, Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police have issued the following statement:

Assistance Chief Constable Russ Middleton said: “Our thoughts are with all those affected by the latest attack near Finsbury Park in London.

“Although there is no specific intelligence to suggest any threat to our Force area, officers will be providing reassurance by visiting mosques, Islamic Centres and other locations.

 

“We have good relationships with all of our communities and we are liaising with them to make sure that everyone feels safe and to talk through any concerns.

 

“It is more important than ever to stand together as communities and to be united against those who wish to do harm.

 

“We take all reports of hate crime seriously and take positive action. Over the coming days and weeks we will continue to reach out to reassure and strengthen bonds with the communities we serve.

 

“There can never be any excuse for hate crime in any shape or form and this criminality will not be tolerated. We want those who are victims of hate crime to feel confident in reporting any concerns to us.

“If you are a witness or a victim of hate crime or feel vulnerable please report it. More people are reporting hate crime than ever before, but it is still significantly underreported. Don’t suffer in silence.

“In emergencies call 999, in non-emergencies email 101@dc.police.uk or call 101. You can also visit the True Vision website: www.report-it.org.uk and the Stop Hate UK website: www.stophateuk.org.uk or call the Stop Hate UK helpline on 0800 138 1625 for information and advice.

“I would also urge people to keep alert but not alarmed and if anyone sees anything suspicious relating to terrorism, they can report this to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency.

“Please report any suspicious activity using the Anti-Terrorist Hotline number 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency.”

The Great Get Together and Polytunnel Repair – 17th June 2017

On one of the hotest days of the year, CFF friends came together as part of the Great Get Together in memory of Jo Cox and to repair our cob brick polytunnel.  Di Profaska, from the Baha’i Faith writes:

‘We had a lovely united time today sharing prayers and readings in memory of Jo Cox and others both nationally and internationally. There is more unity in the world than disunity and ordinary people around the world are working together and individually to make a difference.’

The reading Di shared with us was:

Consider the flowers of a garden: Though differing in kind, colour, form and shape, yet this diversity increases their charm and adds to their beauty. How unpleasing to the eye if all the flowers and plants were the same. In like manner, when divers shades of thought, temperament and character are brought together the beauty and glory of human perfection is revealed and made manifest.

(Abdu’l-Baha)

 

Ramadhan 2017

Valerie Ward, from the Muslim Faith Community, recently wrote the following ‘Thought for the Week’ relating to Ramadhan

25/26th May 2017 with see the start of Ramadhan for this year.  Muslims all around the world will be looking forward to this special month with great enthusiasm and pleasure.  Ramadhan is 29/30 days of complete fasting – no food or drink at all between dawn and sun set.  This will be particularly hard for those of us in the northern hemisphere where in UK we may be fasting for 18 hours or more. In the southern hemisphere it is their easier time with the days now much shorter.  But we are all grateful not to have to endure the high temperatures and humidity of those Muslims who live nearer the equator even though their days do not vary so much in length.

Wherever Muslims live they will strive to enjoy the blessings of Ramadhan.  It is a time to renew their connection with God, to remove laziness and slackness in practice of His commandments.  Most Muslims will try to read at least one part of the Holy Quran every day and perform the prescribed prayers in a better way than they might have been doing.  Ramadhan is a refresher course, revitalising us for the coming year and renewing our knowledge, our practice and our relationship with God.

Tradition says that during Ramadhan Almighty Allah keeps Shaitan (Satan) held in chains.  All Muslims feel the blessings of this encouragement to try our best to do all that pleases Allah.  Giving in charity, avoiding division and arguments and keeping to the right path which, InshaAllah will be a blessing to us all.

When the fasting month is completed the sighting of the new moon of the next month announces Eid-ul-Fitr.  One of the two Muslim Eid festivals. Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated with an extra prayer service, and by sharing meat and meals with each other and often the giving of gifts to family and friends; sharing the joy and blessings felt on completing the fast successfully in all its aspects.

Ramadhan Mubarak to all and inshaAllah we will all reach for greater peace this Ramadhan for all the world.

Truro Singing Event 21st September, UN International Day of Peace – Update

Update from Paul Haines:

Plans are going well, with approximately 26 choirs signed up, but there is one change:

Saturday 23rd September has had to change to Saturday 16th September.

(Details for Thursday 21st September remain the same)

View flyer for more information:UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 10

The Great Get Together inspired by Jo Cox – Saturday, 17th June

A Time of Reflection followed by a Picnic and Polytunnel Repair at the Dor Kemmyn Field, Penmount, Truro TR4 9AA

All are very welcome to join the ‘Great Get Together’ of the Cornwall Faith Forum. We will commence with a time of contemplation on the theme of working together for peace. The faith communities in Cornwall will reflect on the acts of terrorism taken place recently in Manchester and London, and to focus on what was stated by Jo Cox in her first speech to Parliament “We are far more united, and have far more in common, than which divides us”.

Following this time we will have a picnic together. Please bring along vegetarian food and soft drinks to share.

Finally a practical way of building for peace, will be an opportunity for all hands to work together to help with the relining the polytunnel with a new polythene covering. The polytunnel for the making of our cob bricks was damaged by the winter storms and as a result it would be great to have as many people as possible would make this job manageable and fun!

For more information contact Rita Stephen 07775 937485 or email dorkemmyn.rita@btinternet.com and see flyer: The CFF Great Get Together – 17th June 2017 Penmount Truro a

 

Response from the Cornwall Faith Forum in relation to the Manchester terror attack

Statement on behalf of the Cornwall Faith Forum from the
Representatives of the Faith Communities of Cornwall  

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives or were injured in the terrorist murders at the Manchester Arena,  their families, and those responding with assistance.

We deplore and condemn this wanton, brutal and cowardly taking of the lives of young and old.

We stand together to oppose terrorism and the ideologies that promote it.

We offer this prayer and invite others to share it:

God of our fears and hopes
With you we know that Goodness is stronger than evil
That Love is stronger than hate
That Light is stronger than darkness
Be with those whose lives have been turned upside down by the bombing in Manchester
May all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering
May the Peace of God surround and protect us all.

Andrew Yates
Chair, Cornwall Faith Forum
andrew.yates@truro.anglican.org tel. 07773 088906