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   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
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

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

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

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, 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

Witnessing the Reconstruction of the Dome of Human Kindness

Many thanks to Julian Race, trainee journalist, for writing this article:
Witnessing the Reconstruction of the Dome of Human

It was a pleasure to witness the rebuilding of Tom Henderson-Smith’s Dome of Human Kindness.

I joined Dor Kemmyn, Cornwall’s inter-faith group, after my Auntie had invited the family to the rebuilding of a dome in early August, which we hadn’t heard of before. As we entered the Peace Field in Penmount Crematorium where it was being rebuilt on a very sunny Sunday afternoon, we joined a lovely, peaceful, almost heavenly atmosphere where the dome was being put together and people were enjoying drinks in the heat.

After a hair-raising ride down the field in my wheelchair, I stopped and looked around. Right in front of me was Tom, the dome’s designer, and then in front of him the dome itself with a crew of people assembling it’s triangular faces. At first sight, for me, it resembled Indigenous Australian artwork or, as Tom was inspired by; 14th and 15th century murals, found on the inside walls of monasteries and churches in Italy.

The closer you get, the more colourful it becomes, and on the inside each triangle is painted in natural, bright colours, with an open top, maybe for star-gazing or letting the sun in. On the outside, three scenes depict stories of kindness; the prodigal son and the good Samaritan, as told by Jesus, and the story of St Martin and the beggar. These stories were painted onto the shiny polished wood in colourful stripes.

The dome was made originally after Tom had spent some time in Italy in 1972 exploring its artwork, and was rediscovered many years later, deconstructed. He actually painted the inside originally, but wanted to turn it inside-out since many of his older friends would not be able to view it from the inside. The result is a small building which can house about three chairs.

After it had been constructed, we all stood nearby in a circle to share readings from different faiths on the theme of kindness. We heard from lots of different perspectives, including Hindu, Buddhist and Baha’i. What struck me the most was the variety in culture and worship. The Muslim and Hindu readings consisted of poetry and singing, while the Christian reading was a story, and the Buddhist reading took inspiration from a particular character.

In the same way that Tom’s dome is constructed of many colourful sides, like a diamond, everyone had a different perspective on God and kindness, but we certainly shared much common ground. And now the dome sits in the Peace Field as a reminder of that unity and of the power of kindness.

Thank you Tom.

For more information on the Dome and Tom’s work, please visit:
Julian Race, 8th August 2019

The Dome of Human Kindness – Installation Sunday, 4th August at the Dor Kemmyn Peace Field

The Dome of Human Kindness – it’s finished!!
After many months of hard work and determination Tom Henderson-Smith and team have completed the Dome.  There was a chance to view the Dome recently at an initial installation at St Columb Major.  It looked absolutely amazing.

It is now ready to be installed in the performance area of the Dor Kemmyn Peace Field.   This exciting event is to be on Sunday, 4th August at 2.00 pm at Penmount, Truro.  All are very welcome to attend.  There will be refreshments available.

For more information please contact either Tom 01637 498106 or Rita 07775 937485.

To find out more about the Dome click HERE