Weekly Thursday Noon Prayer Time – 2nd April 2020

This Thursday’s prayer is from Jeremy Jacobson from the Jewish Faith Community.  If you are able to reflect on this on Thursday at noon, others in the faith communities will be doing so as well.

Tefilat Haderech

May we be blessed as we go on our way
May we be guided in peace
May we be blessed with health and joy
May this our blessing, amen.
May we be sheltered by wings of peace
May we be kept in safety and in love
May grace and compassion find their
way to every heart
May this be our blessing, amen.
Amen, may this be our blessing, amen.
-Debbie Friedman

Jeremy writes:

“Why this prayer? Tefilat Haderech is actually a prayer for the traveller, but it occurs to me that we are all on a journey through this time and we will get through it by grace and compassion, not only divine, but human, amongst ourselves.”

(Photo:  Tree planting Spring 2019 – An Oak tree kindly donated by the Jewish Faith Community)

Weekly Thursday Noon Prayer Time – 26th March 2020

Dear Friends

The Baha’i Community are sending warmest wishes to you all during these unprecedented difficult times. We need to muster all of our common ground – (Dor Kemmyn ), in the days to come and stand and pray together .

Rita Stephen , our Project worker has come up with the wonderful idea of each Faith /Belief tradition producing a short piece of inspirational writing followed by a prayer each week . The Baha’i community are honoured to offer you a couple of prayers this first week . We offer them for all of you , your family and friends and this great body we call Humanity , who is sorely afflicted , wherever we look , during these days.

In the Baha’i Faith we often draw a comparison between the human body and the whole of Humankind . In our human body , if any part is hurting – be it a pain in a big toe; a headache ; a pain in the stomach , it can and does affect our whole body including our brain and our attitude to life. So , it is with humanity. As our brothers and sisters from every tribe, race and religion possible across the globe, are suffering now , we remember them all as well as those closer to home.

It did not take me long to choose the first prayer during these days when we can no longer enter our churches, mosques, synagogues , temples and even the outdoors is restricted by number of people. It is a prayer which expresses how we can , in fact, pray , wherever we are.

The second one relates to our suffering and need for assistance during the present time.

Please join us , in prayer , wherever you may be , at 12 noon each Thursday .

Bahá’í Prayers

“Blessed is the spot, and the house, and the place, and the city, and the heart, and the mountain, and the refuge, and the cave, and the valley, and the land, and the sea, and the island, and the meadow where mention of God hath been made, and His praise glorified.” —Bahá’u’lláh

 

O my Lord! Thou knowest that the people are encircled with pain and calamities and are environed with hardships and trouble. Every trial doth attack man and every dire adversity doth assail him like unto the assault of a serpent. There is no shelter and asylum for him except under the wing of Thy protection, preservation, guard and custody.

O Thou the Merciful One! O my Lord! Make Thy protection my armor, Thy preservation my shield, humbleness before the door of Thy oneness my guard, and Thy custody and defense my fortress and my abode. Preserve me from the suggestions of self and desire, and guard me from every sickness, trial, difficulty and ordeal.

Verily, Thou art the Protector, the Guardian, the Preserver, the Sufficer, and verily, Thou art the Merciful of the Most Merciful. – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

 

Journeys for Peace – Thursday, 27th February at 7.00 pm at Cafe Chaos, Truro

Journeys for Peace – in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand
The Cornwall Faith Forum are delighted that Paul Haines will be talking about his recent trip to South East Asia on Thursday, 27th February at Cafe Chaos, Truro http://cafechaoscornwall.co.uk/contact-us/   Refreshments will be served from 6.30 pm onwards with the talk commencing at 7.00 pm.
Paul writes:
“I have recently returned from six weeks travelling around the main cities of these four countries researching for my developing website www.linkstopeace.org
It was revealing to find out about the effects of recent war and genocide and to see how these countries are now being governed and what part faith plays in their development.
I met a number of people from different groups and organisations that are working for peace, but also local and international organisations that are dealing with the after effects of their recent history.
In addition I visited Hue in Central Vietnam where the number of Buddhist Monasteries are thriving, and where Thich Nhat Hanh now lives, and in Cambodia I visited Angkor Wat, the largest religious building in the world.”
For further information contact Paul Haines paul.haines10@gmail.com

Readings from Holocaust Memorial Event – Sunday 2nd February

The Cornwall Faith Forum marked Holocaust Memorial Day at the Dor Kemmyn Peace Field.  Each faith contributed a reading.

The Baha’i reading:

“Be thou a summoner to love, and be thou kind to all the human race. Love thou the  children of men and share in their sorrows. Be thou of those who foster peace ;……… for ye are all but the drops from but one ocean, the foliage of one tree, the pearls from a single shell, the flowers and sweet herbs  from the same one garden.

Call none a stranger. Be ye as if all men were your close kin and honoured friends. Walk ye in such wise that this fleeting world will change into  splendour….”  Abdul Baha

 

The Christian reading:

“May we be bearers of comfort

May we be strong in our soul to cry at the wrongs of nations, to weep with the bleeding earth, to mourn with those who mourn in the loss of life and lands, in the loss of dreams and hope.

May we be strong in our soul this day.”

Holocaust Memorial Day Event -Sunday, 2nd February at 2.00 pm at the Dor Kemmyn Peace Field

There will be a gathering of Cornwall Faith Forum representatives and friends to mark with prayers and readings Holocaust Memorial Day at the Dor Kemmyn Peace Field, Penmount (in the Crematorium Grounds), Truro – Sunday, 2nd February 2020 at 2.00 pm.  Hot refreshments will be served.  For more information contact Rita Stephen 07775 937485 or email dorkemmyn.rita@btinternet.com

See our e-bulletin for information on other events marking Holocaust Memorial Day.  Click HERE

Christmas Pop Up Cafe – Saturday, 14th December at Cafe Chaos

Come and taste the extraordinary Syrian cuisine during one afternoon full of intercultural exchange and a festive Christmas atmosphere – Saturday 14th December

CHAOS has been a social bridge and safe haven for people recovering from the trauma that caused them to leave their own war-torn country. Embracing their cultural identity, we are organizing an event where the Syrian women will be cooking up a delicious feast for different community groups, laughing, eating and enjoying each other’s company while celebrating our unique differences.

Help us celebrate how delighted we have been working in partnership with Cornwall Faith Forum, The National Lottery Community Fund and Syrian Refugee families in Cornwall for the last eighteen months.

Book your free place HERE

Having faith in Care – Tuesday, 12th November, Royal Cornwall Hospital

As part of Inter Faith week 11th-18th November Dor Kemmyn, Cornwall’s Interfaith Group, have agreed to come to the Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske to deliver an awareness session about different religions and beliefs.

The day will consist of people from the Pagan, Jewish, Muslim and Baha’i  faith groups coming in to talk about their beliefs and how this may need to be considered when caring for them in a hospital setting. This day was very highly evaluated by staff when it has taken place in previous years.

 

The session is from 10.00 am – 3.00 pm on Tuesday 12th November 2019 in room G02 in the Knowledge Spa. To book a place please contact Debby Lewis debby.lewis@nhs.net

Cornwall Faith Forum Review of the Year and AGM – Wednesday 30th October at 7.30 pm

Cornwall Faith Forum Review of the Year and Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, 30th October 2019 at County Hall, Truro TR1 3AY refreshments at 7.00 pm with a 7.30 pm start

We will be having updates on the three Cornwall Faith Forum strands:

Learning for Peace, Sharing for Peace, Building for Peace

and hearing of future plans for the Cornwall Faith Forum for the next 3-5 years

All welcome.  Look forward to seeing you there!

For further information contact Andrew Yates, Chair, Cornwall Faith Forum,

andrew.yates@truro.anglican.org or tel 01872 274351  AGM poster: AGM Flyer 30.10.19

Notes of last AGM held on 18th October 2018: AGM Notes 18th October 2018

Agenda for AGM 30th October 2019: CFF AGM 30.10.19 County Hall, Truro – Agenda-1

World Peace Day Events – Friday 20th Sept – Sunday 22nd Sept 2019

There are a lots of great of peace events during this weekend Friday 20th Sept – Sunday 22nd Sept.  Make a note in your diary!

Flyer can also be viewed here:  World Peace Day 2019 copy B