Interfaith Exploration Groups – Finding out, making peace – 5th February 2018

As part of Cornwall Faith Forum’s Sharing for Peace project we are beginning some small, facilitated interfaith discussion groups

These aim to:

  • Improve our understanding of each other’s faiths and beliefs,.
  • Enrich the faith or belief journey of each person.
  • Share, learn and grow peace between individuals and communities

We will be piloting this initiative on Monday 5th February 2018 at 6.30pm in St Austell. The group will last for approximately 2 hours and the topic for this first meeting will be ‘The Practice of Prayer’.

Booking is essential since space is limited. If you are interested in attending please contact Rosey Sanders to book a place 01872 274351  For more information about the evening contact Kathy Pope 07866 304530

Flyer:  Interfaith Exploration Groups – 05.02.18 St Austell


Cornwall Faith Forum sends greetings of peace to all people of goodwill

At a very dark time of year several religious faiths celebrate special festivals of light and peace.

  • The Hindu festival of Diwali spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.
  • Jews celebrate Hanukkah and light the menorah candelabrum as the rededication of the Holy Temple is remembered. Freedom from oppression and establishing peace are characteristic of this festival of lights.
  • For Pagans Yule is the time of the winter solstice, when the sun child is reborn. It is an image of the return of all new life.
  • Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus at Bethlehem as the light of the world, a light that darkness cannot overcome and through whom all are called to hope and peace.

Other faiths too hold celebrations around this time and share the common ground of seeking good for all and peace on earth, together with people of goodwill from many beliefs and none.

Cornwall Faith Forum welcomes people of peace from all faiths, beliefs and cultures. Peace and mercy are central to people of faith and embedded in our sacred texts and practice. In these dark and often challenging times we can hope together, building, learning and sharing while we grow in our own spiritual identity and explore each other’s beliefs without fear. When there is conflict and violence this work is even more needed and the light shines even more brightly.

Spiral of Light Event – Thursday 30th November 2017, Truthwall, St Just 4.30-6.30pm

An invitation to all from Annie HenryHolland.  Annie describes the event as a

‘A time for quiet meditation and reflection for people of all faiths and none, on the shortening of days the journey we will all take into the darkness and quiet of winter’.

Annie Henry, Tremorran B&B

Tremorran & the Angel Gallery

Back to the Garden, Truthwall

St Just, Penzance

TR19 7QJ


For more information Tel: 07768 166309  email:


(please park on the green at the end of the road and walk up the drive, parking limited at the house.

Bring a torch and wear warm clothes)

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:  Mobile: 07517429553

Laura Allsworth, Email:  Mobile: 07772545772

Sanjay Kumar, Email:  Mobile: 07703016842

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


UK Cities for Peace Tour Talk- Tuesday, 21st November, All Saints Highertown, Truro

Commencing at 7.00 pm with refreshments for a 7.30 pm start.  Also including an update talk on: UK Cities for Peace Tour 2017/8 and the creation of a new website,

Paul Haines, Peace Activist, writes:

During May, June and July this year, I visited 40 cities, meeting many groups and individuals, and researching for a new website called Links to Peace. The talk will be about the groups and individuals that I met on the way, and also about the places that I visited.

The talk will also be about a new website that will be gradually developed, based on the research that I have been gathering. The intention is that it will be a resource for those that are currently working for peace, but who might benefit from being able to link up with others doing the same. It will also be of benefit to anyone who might be asking themselves, what can I do for Peace? (website in development)

This is very much, work in progress, and any input, ideas, assistance, information, etc from others would be very welcome. The intention is to continue the journey next year and visit the remaining Cities of the UK. For more information contact Paul Haines.  or 07855 495881

Click here to view flyer:  Cities for Peace Talk flyer1 – 21.11.17

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:


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

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:

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 ( 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 Chapman