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: www.facebook.com/rebuildingthedome/
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

Trelander Day, Truro – Summer Fun – Sunday 21st July

Dor Kemmyn are excited to be at Trelander Day on Sunday, 21st July.  We will be there with Cafe Chaos from 12.00 noon – 3.00 pm.  Come and visit us.

Trelander Community Centre, Truro

Trelander Highway

Truro TR1 1PE

CFF June Celebration – Eid al Fitr, Big Lunch and Windrush Day – Sunday 9th June 2019

There are so many excellent festivals and events in June happening that the Cornwall Faith Forum (CFF) decided to celebrate some of them at a gathering at the Dor Kemmyn Peace Field, Penmount, Truro.

The CFF love sharing food so we will be repeating the Big Lunch!  June is also the month for the Muslim Festival Eid at Fitr and on 22 June each year it is Windrush Day when the UK honour Caribbean people who migrated to Britain in 1948.

So there’s lot to fit in.  Join us for this special day at 12.00 noon – 2.30 pm.

For more information contact Rita Stephen, Interfaith Development Worker dorkemmyn.rita@btinternet.com or tel. 07775 937485.

See flyer here:  Big Lunch – Sunday 9th June DK Peace Field a

Volunteer Opportunities – Chaplains, Falmouth University & University of Exeter

Multifaith Chaplaincy, Falmouth University & University of Exeter in Cornwall

Falmouth University & the University of Exeter in Cornwall have an exciting opportunity for 2 new volunteer chaplains to join our team who serve the students and staff of the university community here in Cornwall. They are looking for two people who are willing to work for a few hours a week on our Penryn Campus between the hours of 1930 and 0730 to offer pastoral and spiritual care to our dedicated and hardworking Night Services team and to support the welfare provision for students.

You will be an established member of a local church or other faith community which is a member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland or the Interfaith Network. You will be motivated by your faith to make yourself available to those who would appreciate someone standing alongside them. You will be willing to work with a diverse community of people from all faiths and none, understanding that the focus of the role is on pastoral care rather than evangelisation.

For more information or to discuss the role further please contact our Co-Ordinating Chaplain Becky on R.Nesbitt@fxplus.ac.uk
For an application pack, please contact our administrator Sally on S.Branch@fxplus.ac.uk

Beltane – Sunday, 12th May at the Dor Kemmyn Peace Field, Penmount

Join the Cornwall Faith Forum celebrate Beltane on Sunday, 12th May at 2.00 pm at the Dor Kemmyn Peace Field, Penmount, Truro.  Refreshments will be served afterwards.

Beltane is one of the four “fire” festivals celebrated annually by many Cornish pagans. It is celebrated on May Day, the 1st May, (or in the Southern Hemisphere, 1st November). Although it is spelt in many different ways, “Bel” is thought to refer to an ancient Celtic God, the Bright One, god of light and fire. It is a joyful festival where we celebrate the waxing power of the sun and the rising power and energy of Spring.

For many it marks the beginning of summer, but it is mainly seen as a celebration of fertility. We see the promise of fertility being expressed in Nature in new life all around us.

Historically, Beltane was celebrated by the lighting of fires, often on hilltops. “Jumping the fire” is a Beltane tradition for many pagans. In the past, lovers would jump over the magical Beltane fire hand in hand ; travellers would jump to ensure a safe journey. Young people would jump wishing for a husband or wife; young women to ensure fertility. Livestock would be driven over the embers, or between two Bel fires, in order to give protection from diseases and ensure a good increase in flocks and herds.

There are many other May Day celebrations around the country: Maypoles are perhaps the most widely recognised. Here is Cornwall of course, we have many May traditions of our own, including the Padstow’s Obby Oss and Helston’s Flora Day.

Festival of Ridvan – Sunday, 28th April 2019 at Cafe Chaos, Truro

The Cornish Baha’is will be celebrating the Festival of Ridvan on Sunday April 28th at 2.30 pm.  The venue is now Cafe Chaos, Tregolls Road, Truro TR1 1RN (owing to predicted windy weather)
This is one of the holiest and happiest days of the Baha’i year.

Baha’u’llah, the prophet Founder of the Baha’i Faith was banished to Baghdad from his native Iran  by a Persian government that feared the rapid spread of his teachings and their progressive impact on society. Far from stemming the tide of His teachings, they increased, and Baha’u’ llah declared :

We desire but the good of the world and the happiness of the nations; yet they deem us a stirrer up of strife and sedition worthy of bondage and banishment….That all nations should become one in faith and all men as brothers; that the bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened; that diversity of religion should cease, and differences of race be annulled — what harm is there in this?

Baha’u’llah announced the mission of this new Faith to the believers in the Ridvan Garden in 1863.

The Cornish Baha’is will celebrate Ridvan this year with flowers , cake and tea to share, (Please bring your own cup if you can !) -with a telling of the ‘Garden of Ridvan’ story, together with live musical songs and prayers.

We welcome everyone to join us and help us celebrate this special Baha’i Holy day.

Tree Planting at the Dor Kemmyn Peace Field – Sunday, 24th March 2019

Join us for some more Spring tree planting at the Dor Kemmyn Peace Field, Penmount, Truro (in the Crematorium grounds).  This year there will be donations of trees by the Jewish and Buddhist Faith Communities.

Meet at 2.00 pm for tree planting, refreshments and catch up!  All very welcome.

For more information contact Rita Stephen, dorkemmyn.rita@btinternet.com tel. 07775 937485

Holocaust Memorial Day – Sunday 27th January 2019

Sunday, 27th January is Holocaust Memorial Day and the Cornwall Faith Forum will be marking this by reflecting at the Peace Pole at the Dor Kemmyn Field, Penmount, at 2.00 pm.

Each faith will reflect on the Holocaust and convey prayers for peace.  All are welcome to attend.  There will be hot drinks and cakes served afterwards.

For further information contact Rita Stephen dorkemmyn.rita@btinternet.com