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

St Michael’s Way Walk – Saturday, 13th May

Cornwall Faith Forum Sponsored Walk – ‘Building Peace – Stepping out in Faith’

Malcolm Bowers and Kathy Pope, Cornwall Faith Forum (CFF) supporters, will be walking the St Michael’s Way, and there is an opportunity for anyone interested to join the walk as well.  They have been involved in the work of  the CFF for several years.  They are inspired by CFF’s work for peace through the three strands of Building for Peace, Learning for Peace and Sharing for Peace and would like undertake the walk for sponsorship for the charity. CFF brings together people in Cornwall from the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan and Humanist communities.   CFF has a large and effective education programme with children, young people and adults, events and discussions to share and celebrate our faiths and the vision of establishing an iconic building where people of faith and anyone who is interested can learn, share and contribute to peace-making.

The walk will commence at 10.00 am at Lelant Parish Church (St Uny) and  finishes on Marazion Beach. There are some uphill stretches which are quite strenuous but overall the walk is rated as ‘moderate’ and walking boots are recommended. It uses footpaths mostly with some minor roads.  As is our custom we will be stopping periodically for readings and the topic will be on ‘pilgramages’.

Do come and join Malcolm and Kathy and be part of building peace, or if you would like to support them click here: https://localgiving.org/fundraising/steppingoutinfaith/

 

If you would like to join the walk for sponsorship and to raise funds for the CFF use the following link  https://localgiving.org/appeal/stmichaelswaywalk/ or use the sponsorship form here: Sponsorship_and_Gift_Aid_declaration_form_-_Nov_2015  You would be most welcome to join the walk as well  if you would prefer not to be sponsored.

Contact Kathy if you are coming, and for more information, on 07866 304530 or email kathypope56@gmail.com

For poster, please see:  St Michael’s Way (Lelant to Marazion) – CFF Sponsored Walk 13.05.17

Lampedusa Cross Walk of Witness – 19th of November 2016, Plymouth

Forced out by war, poverty or persecution, millions of people live uncertain lives as migrants and refugees. But each of us, moved by faith, can act in welcome, respect and love.

So far this year hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced and are making perilous journeys in search of shelter. UNHCR says over 3,000 people have drowned in the Mediterranean trying to get to safety in Europe in the first 6 months of 2016. That is 1,000 MORE than in the same months of 2015.

That is why CAFOD, the Catholic Diocese of Plymouth, Anglican Diocese of Exeter and others are organising a walk of witness in solidarity with people who have been forced to become refugees because of war, climate change, exploitation and persecution.

More information:  lampedusa-walk-19-11-16

And flyer:  walkofwitness_poster_a3_aw_new

Volunteer Information Evening – Thursday 12th November

Building, Learning and Sharing for Peace – Information Evening

From 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm in in the Coffee Bar, All Saints Highertown Church, Tresawls Road, Truro TR1 3LD. Light refreshments and tea & coffee available.

Come and find out more about the Cornwall Faith Forum. We have lots of different volunteer roles available you can become involved in ranging from brick making buddies to supporting educational events, or from making cakes to being a reporter.

There is something for everyone!! Be part of this diverse network of friends and colleagues of the Cornwall Faith Forum. For more information contact Rita Stephen, Interfaith Development Worker, 07775937485 or 01872 274351 Ext 238 or email info@dorkemmyn.org.uk

Music Show with Michaela and Geoff Smith – 2nd October

Geoff and Michaela are back from their summer tour and will be presenting a ‘Music Show’ in aid of the Dor Kemmyn brick by brick appeal.  This will be held on Friday, 2nd October at 7.30 pm at St Mary’s Church, Penzance.  Tickets cost £10.00 on the door or can be purchased in advance at £8.00 (phone Church House 01872 274351 Ext 238 or email info@dorkemmyn.org.uk)

Geoff and Michaela have previously raised funds for us at a gig held earlier in the year.  It is something not to be missed.  Read the following reviews:

 “Geoff & Michaela Smith,  played music that is primarily acoustic and draws on a variety of influences. Songs betray an old fashioned emphasis on song writing craft, reflecting concerns with contemporary themes and issues such as materialism, family breakdown, and the importance of truth and friendship-It was a delightful evening and a good time was had by all!”
Oxfam
‘soaring lyrics richly supported by some fine guitar work’ 
St Ives Times and Echo; 
‘exquisite guitar and mandolin ala Seals and Crofts’
  Justice St Rain 

Cob brick making project – New leaflet

Building Peace brick by brick

We now have our new leaflet available about the cob brick making project Cob Brick Building Project leaflet

Now you can see quite clearly what is entailed in brick making – right from the beginning with digging out the soil, to be finished product.

It’s a fun activity and all ages can take part.  You will need to bring with you your wellies and wear old clothes and be prepared to be busy and have a lot of fun!  You will make new friends too!

Our next scheduled volunteers brick making session is on Sunday, 27th September at 2.00 pm at the Dor Kemmyn field, Penmount.  Let us know you are coming by emailing info@dorkemmyn.org.uk 

If you can’t make this date for brickmaking, other sessions are set out on our Brickmaking session page http://dorkemmyn.org.uk/brickmaking-sessions/

If you would like some copies of the leaflets, please email us at the same address.

 

How to purchase – Sacred Sound, Common Ground CD

‘Bringing people together of different faiths and beliefs’

Don’t miss out! The Dor Kemmyn CD is now available.  There are 21 tracks from the seven faiths – Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan,  including two collective pieces.

Each CD sold will raise funds for the Dor Kemmyn building.  The cost of the CD is £10.00 which can be purchased from:

Church House, Woodlands Court, Truro Business Park, Threemilestone, Truro TR4 9NH.  Cash or cheque received (made payable to the Cornwall Faith Forum).

You can also purchase the CD from our online shop via Paypal, at a cost of £12.50.

If you require any further information please email:  info@dorkemmyn.org.uk

or telephone Church House 01872 274351 Ext 238

Launch of Sacred Sound, Common Ground CD – 10th September

There was an air of anticipation and excitement as people entered the Chapter House at Truro Cathedral for the launch of the Dor Kemmyn CD – Sacred Sound, Common Ground. The CD had been five years in the making and now it was time to unveil it. More and more came into the Chapter House so much so that the circular shape of chairs had to be extended several times to accommodate more people coming in.

The opening and welcome was led by Revd Canon Alan Bashforth from the Cathedral and Rita Stephen the Cornwall Faith Forum’s Interfaith Worker. Robbie Breadon read his poem Common Ground:

“Each of us was born from the soil of this land
To breathe the same air, drink the same water”

(see http://dorkemmyn.org.uk/week-of-13th-september-common-ground/   for full version)
The seven faiths then shared readings on the theme of Harmony which was thought provoking and compelling. If one closed your eyes you could be forgiven for not knowing which reading came from which faith.

Sophie Muir, whose brainchild the CD was then described the different settings where the CD was recorded ranging from people’s homes, Paul Church and to inside the fugue at Carn Euny. There are contributions from each faith on the CD and two collective pieces as well. Sound recordist Michael Tingle had played a vital part, as too Danu who oversaw and gave musical guidance to the artists.

At this part of the evening Danu then led everyone to try and re-create the first song on the CD ‘Unita’. Everyone was then invited to hum together at the note of ‘G’ which provided a constant musical background, which was then interspersed with individuals singing solo within the circular context. It was very powerful and has to be experienced – listen to the first track on the CD.

We then shared time together in fellowship, tea and cakes, catching up with old, and making new friends, with the sale of the cakes going to the charity Emmaus which are currently helping with the Refugee Crisis.

Revd Andrew Yates then drew us together again and reminded us that the date of today’s launch was significant because it was on the eve of 9/11. This was followed by silence by all. We then closed with the International Peace Prayer:
Lead me from death to life,
from falsehood to truth.

Lead me from despair to hope,
from fear to trust.

Lead me from hate to love,
from war to peace.

Let peace fill our heart,
our world, our universe.

Peace. Peace. Peace.

Sacred Sound, Common Ground is priced £10.00 available from Church House, Woodlands Court, Truro Business Par, Threemilestone, Truro TR4 9NH (01872 274351), or shortly by PayPal for £12.50 (to include P&P).

Image above:  Sophie Muir, whose vision was of that of the CD.

Building Peace Brick by Brick Appeal

Debbie Henshaw, Dor Kemmyn’s fund raiser writes:

We are embarking on our exciting next step to raising the vital funds to enable Cornwall Faith Forum to start building Dor Kemmyn. Time is tight – we need to raise at least 10% of our total building budget of £1.25 million by early 2016 from local donations and fund raising. This is necessary to show local backing for the project when we bid for larger grant funding, which will take place over the following 18 months. We then have 2 years to be near completion of the building before our option to lease at Penmount expires in 2019.

Our success depends on your help: together we aim to create the shared space that can be used by all people of Cornwall for communal gatherings, educational events and individual realisation. The building will act as a Spiritual Hub for the County reducing prejudice and division between people thereby making a significant contribution to Peace and Understanding.

If you are willing to help make Dor Kemmyn a reality, please complete this brief survey, Letter to members, contacts and friends asking for help or let  me know if there is something else you are willing to offer. We have a few short months, in which to raise the vital funds; therefore we urgently need your help now.

The survey gives a list of suggested activities, for you to engage in, or you may prefer to organise a different fundraising activity and /or make a donation.

We hope you will get involved as your help, ensures we can build Dor-Kemmyn, your sacred space.

Debbie Henshaw pdhenshaw@freeuk.com

Debbie Henshaw – Dor Kemmyn’s new Fund Raiser

We are delighted to welcome Debbie-Marie Henshaw who over the next six months will be working as the Dor Kemmyn Fund raiser to help us make the Inter Faith building a reality.

Here’s a bit of background regarding Debbie as she informs us: I am Cornish born and married for 28 years to Peter, together we have two sons Simon and Nathan, who are both in their final years of university. I have had an interesting and varied career, more recently I specialized in the developing and implementing strategic campaigns currently focused on legacy marketing. I have worked with a number of amazing charities and have helped people do some incredible things in the name of charity.

No two days are ever the same so it’s always exciting to see what the day and events will bring, and to everyday count my blessings. For 7 years, I was privileged to work for one of the main political parties. I enjoyed 4 years working for local newspapers sharing the incredible good news our County has to offer. For 9 years, I worked in a caring and compassionate role for Cornwall County Council.

In my spare time I enjoy painting in Acrylics and have exhibited with Padstow Art Group in Padstow Church and the Memorial Hall. I run a couple of Facebook pages for local organisations and I am a trustee for the Oasis Centre in St. Columb. I love exploring the area and enjoy caravanning, gardening and a good book!

I enjoy being busy and cramming magic moments into my days – I look forward to working with everyone strategically to make Dor Kemmyn a reality.

So in the immortal words of Helen Keller “I am only one, but still I am one…. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do!”

If you have any ideas for fund raising please email us info@dorkemmyn.org.uk