Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 – Thursday 27th January

You are invited to the Holocaust Memorial Day Service in Truro Cathedral on Thursday 27th January at 1.00 pm – 1.30 pm. This short service will be live-streamed at the same time, as below:

https://www.trurocathedral.org.uk/whats-on/holocaust-memorial-day-service-thu-27-jan-2022-01-00-pm

We have been advised that the streaming will be available to watch after the event in case you can not watch it live, but it may only be available for 24/48 hours.

Candles will be lit to remember the victims of the Holocaust and more recent genocides. Two of the animations will be shown that from part of the Holocaust Education Pack and that is kindly supported by SACRE.

There will also be an exhibition in Truro Cathedral organised by the Devon & Cornwall Police Diversity Team.

For more information please contact Rita Stephen dorkemmyn.rita@btinternet.com

 

In addition there will also be a service  held in Devon in Barnstaple at 7.00 pm.  Please see below:

This Thursday 27th January there will be a service at St. John the Baptist church, Newport, Barnstaple . 7pm

for Holocaust Memorial Day to remember victims of genocide during WW2 and since. Other similar events will take place world wide.  For more information please contact:

Passionate about resettling refugees?

CHARIS believes in welcoming refugees; giving them hope for the future, a place to call home, and a warm welcome in the local community.

Formed in 2016, CHARIS has pioneered and grown into one of the most experienced community sponsors in refugee resettlement in the UK.  As a Lead Sponsor focusing on the South West, CHARIS has now resettled 5 refugee families and has led the way in developing local services to support refugees on their resettlement journey.

We are seeking to respond to the growing and urgent refugee crisis by expanding our team and role as a Lead Sponsor, to support and encourage more community groups as they emerge across the South West to resettle refugee families.

We are now recruiting for two new positions

Operations Director

37.5 hrs per week

£25,000 – £30,000 per year

Taunton, Somerset

CHARIS is looking for an Operations Director to join our senior management team to direct and oversee our refugee resettlement programme.  This is an exciting and dynamic role, at the heart of the growing movement in community sponsorship for refugees; working with community groups that use CHARIS as their Lead Sponsor; and supporting refugees through their resettlement journey.

Link to Job Description – https://charisrefugees.org/operations-director

 

Regional Coordinator

20 hours per week

£13,500 to £15,000 per year

South West

CHARIS is looking for a Regional Coordinator to encourage, develop and support new community sponsorship groups across the South West.  Working as a partner to Reset Communities and Refugees, building regional networks and developing partnerships with others, this role will help to create and sustain the South West as a place where community sponsorship thrives and more refugees are able to call this region their home.

 

Link to Job Description – https://charisrefugees.org/regional-coordinator

 

Please send your CV to info@charisrefugees.org together with confirmation of the role you are applying for and a covering letter by 5pm on Friday, 3rd December 2021.

In your covering letter please tell us why you are suited to the position for which you are applying, your experience of management and working with refugees or vulnerable people, and what you will bring to this role.

Interviews will be held on the 13th and 14th of December 2021


 

Our values are core to how we work:

  • We value people

We believe that all people have equal value, and that everyone should be able to live in peace and safety.

 

  • We respect difference

We celebrate the richness of diversity and we believe that our lives are enhanced and deepened through relationships with those who are different.

 

  • We are compassionate

We believe that everyone deserves a kind and compassionate welcome.  We are generous and respectful in our support of each other, acting with integrity and honesty.

 

  • We care about high quality resettlement

We seek to offer the best support to refugees who come and live in our community, empowering each person to achieve their full potential and integrate well into their neighbourhood.  We seek to be person centred in all we do.

 

  • We are a faith-based charity and seek to be inclusive

CHARIS has been set up by people with a Christian faith.  We enjoy working with, supporting and partnering with those of other faiths, and no faith.  We respect one another’s views even if we disagree.

 

  • We are pioneering and responsive

We are steadfast in finding solutions to meet needs and overcome barriers.  We are committed to being innovative to ensure the mission of CHARIS is fulfilled.

 

By working in partnership with Reset Communities and Refugees, building regional networks and developing partnerships with others, this role will help to create and sustain the South West as a place where community sponsorship thrives and more refugees are able to call this region their home.

 

 

Cornwall Faith Forum AGM – Tuesday, 30th November at 7.00 pm at All Saints Highertown Church Hall, Truro

Tuesday, 30th November at 7.00 pm at All Saints Highertown Church Hall, Tresawls Road, Truro  TR1 3LD

We are not intending this to be a stuffy AGM – (there will be a little bit of legal admin – sharing the examined accounts and appointing trustees – if you would like to think of offering yourself in this role please get in touch with Andrew Yates for more information).  It will primarily be a social event (properly socially distanced!) with food to share and a chance to re-connect with one another.  There will also be some discussion over where we are as a Forum as we emerge from the Pandemic.

Under Learning For Peace – there are new exciting developments for members to become involved in – A This Time Tomorrow project exploring how our faith influences our daily lives ; Stories of Survival project with students studying animation at Falmouth University and new opportunities to become Faith Speakers in our schools work both physically in a school and on-line too.

With Building For Peace – there is a now new world with on-line worship and with funders severely affected by the economic crisis. We need to review the best way forward for our Dor Kemmyn vision of a Centre for Peace and Faith. Could we explore  a partnership with Forest for Cornwall who have planted trees at the Penmount field …. Might a temporary structure be favourable ……  Might we look at some of the surplus public buildings as an alternative that would not be so expensive?


Notes of last AGM held on 4th November 2020:  Notes of CFF AGM Meeting 4th November 2020 FINAL

Cornwall Faith Forum Accounts 01.04.2020 – 31.03.2021:  CFF Accounts from 01.04.20 – 31.03.21


Lots of people to talk to and lots to talk about. Please do come and join us on the 30th November.  For more information contact Andrew Yates, Chair, Cornwall Faith Forum andrew.yates@truro.anglican.org

Tree Planting during COP26 at the Dor Kemmyn Peace Field – Saturday 6th November at 2.00 pm

Members of Cornwall Faith Forum gathered together for the planting of more faith trees at the  Peace Field at Penmount including one on behalf of the Christian Community.  The tree is a native Hawthorn and chosen because of the association with the crown of thorns of Jesus and the white flowers in the Spring celebrating His resurrection.

Kathy Pope, one of the Churches Together in Cornwall reps on the Faith Forum, and Malcolm Bowers, are pictured reading a Tree Planting Prayer in honour of Laudato Si:

God of Wonder, as we gather together to bless the earth and celebrate the potential of the tree before us, we pray that it may serve as a living witness to our commitment to heal our common home through long-lasting, bold changes.

Grant us the courage to continue to take this stand for the sake of the goodness of your creation, and the inspiration and delight it provides us. Through Christ, your Son, our Lord

 

Also a Hindu Tree was planted as part of the celebration of Diwali.  It was a native small leaved Lime Tree with lovely radiant red bark in the winter and scented white flowers in the spring. It is a very tasty tree and had to be well protected from the deer.

The reading was in Sanskrit which was wonderful to hear.  The translation is as follows:

Lord Siva’s favourite tree is Lime tree.By having the Lime tree, Lord Siva is pleased and bestowed the power to this tree.

By merely visiting this tree one gains good fortune.

By touching the leaves and tree ones sins will be taken away.

As part of the gathering, prayers were said for the COP 26 conference and for success in the talks in Glasgow in Climate Change.

Interfaith Week 14th – 21st November – Interfaith Week Buddies

Cornwall Faith Forum (CFF) is inviting you to take part in an Inter Faith Buddies scheme.    Last year the CFF took part in the scheme and felt as it was so excellent we would run it again this year.

Hear what Jeremy Jacobson from the Jewish Faith Community says about last year:

“What on earth – or should it be ‘in earth’, or ‘in the sea’ or ‘the sky’ – is a pagan?” I asked myself when agreeing to buddy up with Eve Salthouse.  I knew about the ancient pagans of Greece and Rome, Egypt and, closer to home, of Britain and Britanny, but I had very little understanding of modern day pagans.  I was in for a revelation. Meeting up with Eve via Zoom for an hour or so turned out to be most enjoyable.  I plied her with questions and she did the same for me as we exchanged information about our respective faiths.  What struck me most was that, despite significant differences between Judaism and Paganism, the latter also embodied a moral code which has a major influence on how pagans treat other human beings and, less surprisingly for me at least, the natural world.  There are, of course, still things I don’t know or understand, but our conversation left me both enlightened and interested in learning more.  And, oh yes, did I mention that it was also a great pleasure to get to know a fellow member of the Cornwall Faith Forum? The whole experience left me with a warm feeling of shared humanity. Try it for yourself!”

The scheme involves two people of different faiths holding a conversation to share their thoughts on topics such as:

  • How does your faith shape your daily life?
  • What, in your faith encourages service to others in society?
  • Or on anything else that you might want to share experiences

This is an opportunity for sharing and learning, on a one-to-one basis, by any means you like across a limited period of time, about what is important to us, in the context of our wider community. The process may, of course, lead to longer term conversations and new forms of practical co-operation.

If you are interested in taking part please send an email to cornwall.faithforum@truro.anglican.org with your name, and your Faith tradition and we will pair you up with a member of a different faith community within Cornwall.  You may wish to state if there any particular faith or belief background or backgrounds from which you be would be interested to have an ‘Inter Faith Week buddy’ from.  We will try and match you up but we cannot guarantee this.

For more information please click Inter Faith Week buddies 2021

Further information also from Rita Stephen dorkemmyn.rita@btinternet.com

Dialogue on Conceptions of the Divine – Sunday, 24th October

Cornwall Faith Forum and Kehillat Kernow are warmly welcoming you to a Dialogue on Conceptions of the Divine:

Sunday 24th of October between 14:00 and 16:30.

Chacewater Village Hall, Church Hill, Chacewater, Truro TR4 8PZ

It will be a hybrid event and it will be possible to join by Zoom.

There will be a chance to socialise and share tea/coffee and cake together.  There will be four speakers at the event as follows:

Jewish Speaker – Carolyn Shapiro

Muslim Speaker – Mohammad Abusara

Christian Speaker – Kathy Pope

Buddhist Speaker – Sophie Muir

All welcome to attend.  Please register for attendance either in person or via Zoom via the link below (or that on the flyer):

Dialogue on the Conception of the Divine – Booking by Bookwhen

The events will form part of the European Days of Jewish Culture and Heritage.  For more information please contact Rita Stephen dorkemmyn.rita@btinternet.com

Flyer:  Dialogue on Conceptions of the Divine 24.10.21 FINAL

Story Telling Evening – Saturday 11th September at 7.00 pm via Zoom

Cornwall Faith Forum will be holding a Story Telling Evening on Saturday, 11th September 2021 at 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm via Zoom.  Stories will be told by different faiths and cultures with a central theme of reconciliation and respect.

The evening is  hosted by the Cornish Baha’is in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the passing of Abdu’l Baha and the 100th Anniversary of the first Race Amity conference organized by the American Baha’is in Washington 1921.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Sep 11, 2021 07:00 PM London

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsfumrqj4qH9x8uzG_Ra98LtwuLGKg0vLf

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For further information please view:  Background Story Telling Evening 11.09.21

Please contact Philomena Clifford if you require any additional information philomenaclifford@yahoo.co.uk

G7 and COP26 Prayers

Back in April, the Cornwall Faith Forum participated in the Quaker initiative to join on a walk as part of a journey of awareness, understanding and action ahead of the COP 27 climate talks.  Our walk took place in a secluded area on the outskirts of Truro.  At intervals we heard prayers from the different faiths in relation to creation.

Prior to the G7 Summit coming to Cornwall from 11th – 13th June, the Cornwall Faith Forum have been invited to provide prayers and reflections for the G7 which will be displayed as a reflection in the Truro Cathedral.  The prayers below will be included in the display:

 

From Ahmadiyya Muslim Commmunity Devon and Cornwall

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Ever Merciful,

We implore Thee, Who art the Source of Peace the Bestower of Security to bestow Peace and Security on all those meeting together in the G7 Summit here in Cornwall.

Oh Allah Who art the Wise, All Aware, All Powerful God bestow wisdom on these powerful leaders and grant them awareness of the means to achieve peace. Enable them to work together successfully to create true Justice and Compassion within and between nations so that each one of us can develop to our full potential and serve our countries well.

Oh Allah Who art the Creator, Self Subsisting and All Sustaining, enable those who lead us to make decisions that will enable us to protect and sustain Thy Creation for our future generations.

Grant us Thy Mercy and Guide us on the right path that we may do those things that please Thee and benefit each other.

Oh Thou Who Created us all, Guide us and help us to know Thee and to Love one another as Thou has commanded.

 

Quaker Faith and Practice 25.02 – London Yearly Meeting 1988

Our planet is seriously ill and we can feel the pain. We have been reminded of the many ways in which the future health of the earth is under threat as a result of our selfishness, ignorance and greed. Our earth needs attention, respect, love care and prayer.

In comfortable Britain we are largely insulated from the effects of the environmental crisis. It is the poor of the world who suffer first.

As a Religious Society of Friends we see the stewardship of God’s creation as a major concern. The environmental crisis is at root a spiritual and religious crisis; we are called to look again at the real purpose of being on this earth, which is to till it and keep it so as to reveal the glory of God for generations to come.

It is a stony road ahead but our faith will uphold us; the power to act is God’s power, which is mediated through each of us as we give and receive support one from another. We can all listen if we will to the sounds of the earth, tuning into it with joy.

 

Muslim Faith Prayer

Salam all

May Allah make us all be good people, good neighbours and kind communities.

May Allah guide those who hurt each other in his name and his prophets

May Allah teach us that all faiths have peace as their core

May Allah forgive us for our mistakes and make us first to aid all those in need

May Allah remove all bad virus and diseases from earth

May Allah appreciate his bounties and our good health we take for granted

May Allah bless all those who are needy and allow us to end all wars

May Allah spread his blessings to every person all over the world

May Allah show our scientist the way to clean the earth we have spoilt

May Allah accept our repentance and end famine, droughts and poverty

Amen

 

A Pagan prayer

(each sentence is repeated in Cornish)

 

The Call to Peace

Let us begin by giving peace to the quarters, for without peace no work can be.

 

Re bo kres yn kledh

May there be Peace in the North

 

Re bo kres yn deghow

May there be Peace in the South

 

Re bo kres yn howlsedhes

May there be Peace in the West

Re bo kres yn howldrevel

May there be Peace in the East

 

Re bo kres dres oll an norvys

May there be Peace throughout the whole world.

 

 

Quotes from the Bible from the Jewish Faith

The Lord of Hosts shall be exalted in justice, The Holy God shows Himself holy in righteousness. (Isaiah 5:16)

It has been told you, O human being, what is good and what the Lord requires of you: only to do justly, love chesed (mercy, kindness), and walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)

Take away from Me the noise of your songs and let Me not hear the melody of your stringed instruments but let justice well up as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. (Amos 5:23, 24)

If there shall be among you a needy person, one of your brethren, within any of your gates, in your land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not harden your heart, nor shut your hand from your needy brother; but you shall surely open your hand unto him, and shall surely lend him sufficient for his need in that which he wants. (Deuteronomy 15:7-8)

Also you shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the heart of a stranger, because you were strangers in the land of Egypt. (Exodus 23:9)

 

 Prayer from Co-lead Chaplain, Devon and Cornwall Police

Dear heavenly father,

I thank you so much for the gifts of cooperation and grace that are promised to each and every one of us.  As the G7 summit approaches I ask that your Holy Spirit will preside over it.  Lord, many important and in some cases world changing issues will be discussed, alliances made, friendships renewed and decisions deliberated.  Issues such as human welfare and the environment will be thought through.  These decisions at their heart are too overwhelming for mere human understanding.  Give all delegates your wisdom to choose and choose wisely.  Finally Lord, I ask for protection, especially for all police officers and police personnel who are giving countless hours to this summit.  Regardless of rain, heat, long days and interactions, they remain steadfast to their role during that week.  I pray provision for them and their families with the assurance of safety and care.

In your precious name Jesus, Amen

  

From the Baha’i Faith tradition

OThou kind Lord!  Thou hast created all humanity from the same stock.  Thou hast decreed that all shall belong to the same household.  In Thy Holy Presence they are all Thy servants, and all mankind are sheltered beneath Thy Tabernacle; all have gathered together at Thy Table of Bounty; all are illumined through the light of Thy Providence.

O God!  Thou art kind to all, Thou hast provided for all, dost shelter all, conferrest life upon all.  Thou hast endowed each and all with talents and faculties, and all are submerged in the Ocean of Thy Mercy.

O Thou kind Lord!  Unite all.  Let the religions agree and make the nations one, so that they may see each other as one family and the whole earth as one home.  May they all live together in perfect harmony.

O God!  Raise aloft the banner of the oneness of mankind.

O God!  Establish the Most Great Peace.

Cement Thou, O God, the hearts together.

O Thou kind Father, God!  Gladden our hearts through the fragrance of Thy love.  Brighten our eyes through the Light of Thy Guidance.  Delight our ears with the melody of Thy Word, and shelter us all in the Stronghold of Thy Providence.

Thou art the Mighty and Powerful, Thou art the Forgiving and Thou art the One Who overlooketh the shortcomings of all mankind.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá

Conflict in Israel Palestine Statement

Cornwall Faith Forum (CFF) is very aware of the recent upsurge in violence in Israel Palestine. As an organisation that works for peace this is distressing in many ways, not least because we greatly value both our Muslim and Jewish members equally, together with people from other faiths and none who seek to build, learn and share peace together. The rights and wrongs of the current situation are of course political and complex, although we recognise that religious identities and sensitivities are also pertinent.

However CFF remains a place where tolerance and understanding is developed so any messages or sentiments of hate that may be expressed do not have the support of CFF in any way at all. We know that we do not have ready answers to such long standing issues but by bringing people together, growing positive relationships with each other, and reaching out internationally to other peace groups, we quietly and steadily grow the peace that the world so badly needs.

Cornwall Faith Forum’s Values

We commit ourselves,
as people of many faiths or none, to work together
for the common good,
uniting to build a better society,
grounded in values and ideals we share:

community,
personal integrity and courage,
a sense of right and wrong,
learning, wisdom and love of truth,

care and compassion,
justice and peace,
respect for one another,
for the earth and its creatures.

We commit ourselves,
in a spirit of friendship and co-operation,
to work together
alongside all who share our values and ideals,
to help bring about a better world
now and for generations to come.

 

Andrew Yates, Chair, Cornwall Faith Forum

A statement following the death of HRH the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

The Cornwall Faith Forum, members of the Interfaith Network (IFN), endorses the statement by the Co-Chairs of IFN, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, as follows:

On behalf of the Board of the Inter Faith Network for the UK, we express our great sadness at the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and extend our deepest sympathies to Her Majesty The Queen and to the Royal Family.

The tributes from those of many faiths that are today being shared are a testimony to the wide appreciation among the UK’s faith communities of his life of service and the significance of faith within that.

Among Prince Philip’s many achievements through the years has been the consistent encouragement of inter faith dialogue – both through the conversations and conferences at St George’s House Windsor and through foresighted initiatives focusing on issues such as faith and international business ethics and religion and the environment.

We express our great gratitude for the significant contribution of Prince Philip to the development of inter faith understanding and cooperation for the common good: one that is of ever greater importance in our increasingly diverse society and interconnected world.

The Rt Revd Jonathan Clark and Narendra Waghela, Co-Chairs, Inter Faith Network for the UK

9 April 2021

For notes click here:  A statement following the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh – News – The Inter Faith Network (IFN)