Cornwall Independent Poverty Forum (CIPF) are very pleased to release their End Hunger Cornwall conference report held at the end of last year.
This is a great record of the day and CIPF hope that it opens conversations with your groups on how we can look at tackling the fact that food poverty, foodbanks and hungry children are now so normal that we no longer talk about them in the public domian or away from our peer groups.
Please do share this report amongst your own networks.
Wed 3 June at 6.30pm would have marked the opening of the traditional Eve of Show Service at the now-cancelled Royal Cornwall Show.
The Churches Together in Cornwall RCS Tent Committee will be gathering for prayer on Zoom at this time, and invite us all to join with them ‘offline’ wherever we are, offering our prayers for the rural and farming community across Cornwall, for all those affected financially by the Show’s cancellation, and for those who have lost family and friends to COVID-19.
Faith leaders and government have agreed to develop a plan to enable the phased and safe reopening of places of worship when the evidence shows it is the right time to do so, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick confirmed today (15 May 2020).
This follows the first virtual meeting of the new Places of Worship Taskforce which includes leaders and representatives from all the major faiths.
Earlier this week the government set out its ambition to reopen places of worship in step 3 of its plan to lift restrictions, which is expected to be no earlier than 4 July subject to further scientific advice.
In recognition of how difficult it has been for people of faith to not be able to practice their religion with their community, members agreed to work together to consider whether some forms of worship, such as individual prayer, might be permitted in places of worship before they fully reopen in step 3, where appropriate and safe to do so in line with social distancing guidelines.
Members of the taskforce also agreed to consult their faith communities on the measures being considered and to support ongoing engagement with their communities on this important work as it develops. The Communities Secretary also confirmed today that Faith Action will receive £125,000 to consult and engage with different community groups and places of worship up and down the country to ensure their views are represented at the Taskforce’s meetings.
The Communities Secretary was clear places of worship will only be opened when the government is confident that people can use these spaces safely and will not put themselves or others at risk.
Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:
During this pandemic, significant spiritual moments such as Easter, Passover, Ramadan and Vaisakhi when families, friends and congregations traditionally gather together, have been celebrated at home.
I realise how challenging being separated from their communities has been for people of faith. That’s why I have convened the Places of Worship Taskforce to establish how religious practices can safely resume outside the home as soon as possible.
Today’s first meeting of the Taskforce was very productive. We will now work together with all faith communities to understand how we can open places of worship as a priority, while continuing to prioritise safety. I look forward to working with the Taskforce over the coming weeks to reach a solution.
Faith Minister Lord Greenhalgh said:
Places of worship serve such an important role in supporting and providing spiritual leadership for this country’s diverse communities and in bringing communities and the generations together, but this also makes them places that are currently particularly vulnerable to the spread of the pandemic.
We realise that practical issues such as the size of both physical buildings and congregations are significant but we are determined to find a way to safely reopen places of worship as soon as possible, ensuring that people are not put at undue risk.
The Taskforce will jointly produce guidance with Minstry of Housing, Communities and Local Government which supports places of worship across England to reopen safely.
For the time-being, churches and places of worship must remain closed as set out in law. However, funerals are still able to go ahead in places of worship and in crematoria where possible to do so safely.
Members of the Taskforce that met today include:
The Archbishop of Canterbury
Cardinal Vincent Nichols,
Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis
Shaykh Dr Asim Yusuf, The British Board of Scholars and Imams
Rajnish Kashyap, Hindu Council UK
Jasvir Singh, City Sikhs
Daniel Singleton, Faith Action
Other faith representatives and government officials may be invited to attend future meetings depending on the Taskforce’s priorities.
No place of worship will be able to reopen before a final decision by the government and the accompanying change to the legal position in the published regulations. Faith organisations will be able to reopen at a slower pace if they wish.
The Minister for Faith has held a series of roundtables and one on one meetings with faith and community leaders over the last few weeks and will continue to do so in the weeks ahead.
The funding for Faith Action has been awarded from the £360 million pot of funding recently announced by Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to provide targeted support to the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. As made clear at the time, this funding was not allocated via an open bid but awarded in line with agreed departmental priorities.
As the World Council of Churches (WCC) 11th Assembly preparations progress, the Assembly Worship Planning Committee together with the WCC Youth Engagement programme are presenting a creative opportunity to young people between the ages of 18 and 35 who attend a WCC member church, inviting them to enter a song writing competition. This is part of efforts and initiatives involving and engaging young people in the planning and delivery of the assembly; they continue to be a part of the ecumenical movement with their young voices through music.
“Inspired by their participation and engagement in a global ecumenical event or programme, young people I have encountered in the events we organised, offer a musical reflection in a form of song at the conclusion of the event. Most of these songs are original compositions. There are so many resources that young people today could offer, including musical materials, that we as a fellowship should tap into. Thus, the idea of the Youth Song Writing Competition at the 11th Assembly in 2021 came up. This is also a more intentional effort of the WCC to engage young people in every aspect of what we do in the life and works of the whole fellowship,” said Joy Eva Bohol, WCC programme executive for Youth Engagement.
Contestants are expected to compose their songs around the assembly theme “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity” as the top eight songs selected from each region will be included in assembly worship resources. Songs can be written in any language, but must be accompanied with an English translation. Every submission will be reviewed by a dedicated committee and the top three entries may be invited to lead and perform their songs in a musical event during the assembly.
“Picture this scenario. Engaging young people in this form is a way of WCC paving the direction in which our music will go and the continuity of passing on the spirit of composing original music as part of our worship materials. In the process of preparations for the assembly, we could even have veteran composers to mentor young composers on the journey of spiritual life music not just for the assembly but also beyond,” explained Rev. Dr Mikie Roberts, WCC programme executive for Spiritual Life.
From September 1 to October 4, the Christian family celebrates the good gift of creation. This global celebration began in 1989 with the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s recognition of the day of prayer for creation and is now embraced by the wide ecumenical community.
This year, the global reach of the novel coronavirus revealed our shared human nature and the inter-connectivity of our economies, political structures, health care systems, food production chains, energy and transportation systems in devastating ways. The pandemic also demonstrated that the entire web is rooted in the earth and limited by the earth’s capacity to sustain our economic and ecological demands. The unjust effects of climate change are a consequence of our inability to find a sustainable balance of this web.
During the Season of Creation, we unite as one family in Christ, celebrating the bonds we share with each other and with “every living creature on Earth.” (Genesis 9:10) The Christian family celebrates the season by spending time in prayer, considering ways to inhabit our common home more sustainably, and lifting our voices in the public sphere.
On 8 June, speakers from the organisations promoting Season of Creation 2020 will be together in a webinar to reflect on the theme of this year’s edition.
Speakers: Ruth Valerio (Tearfund) Rei Crizaldo (Micah) Martin Kopp (GreenFaith) Fr. Joshtrom Kureethadam (Ecology and Creation Sector of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development) Ruth Padilla deBorst (Latin America Theological Fellowship)
Moderated by: Rev. Dr Chad Rimmer (The Lutheran World Federation) Rev. Dr Dave Bookless (A Rocha)
With the right strategy, churches can help improve the outcome for those experiencing financial hardship right now.
The financial challenges facing our communities are far more complex and overwhelming than we have ever experienced, but we believe the Church is well placed to respond. The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in the UK jumped by more than 856,000 in April, the first full month of the coronavirus lockdown.
Helplines have been inundated with queries from people who are confused about their options, including a growing number who find themselves unable to access government support schemes.
Demand for support is set to increase exponentially this summer as payment holidays and state-backed furlough schemes come to an end and redundancies increase.
Join our Cinnamon Connect Webinar where we’ll explore what churches can do to help those experiencing financial hardship now and in the months ahead.
On Thursday 4 June at 11 am Nick Amis, from Cinnamon Network will be talking to Jenny Herrera, Executive Director of Acts 435; Heather Keates, CEO of Community Money Advice; and Paula Stringer, CEO of CAP UK.
Nick, Jenny, Heather and Paula will be discussing:
What financial challenges are people currently facing
How are financial needs likely to change over the next few months
What can churches do to support individuals and families
What organisations and tools are available to help churches respond
Remember someone special with Cornwall Hospice Care.
Join us this summer for a different way to remember loved ones with our Virtual Reflections event.
Due to the current situation we are unable to hold our traditional Reflections events on the beach. We are inviting you to send us your personal messages of remembrance and a photo of your loved one that you’ll be remembering.
On Sunday 7th June you will be able to view your messages on our website on a special memory page and we invite you to join us at 5pm on Facebook. We will be lighting a candle in memory and you might like to join by lighting a candle at home along with us.
Reflections is completely free – there is no cost to your dedication or message.
To make your dedication please e-mail email@example.com with your name (this can be a list of names from those making the dedication or a family name), and your message including the name of the person you’ll be remembering (recommended word limit of 80).
If you would like to submit a photo please attach it to your email – please note that we can only use one photo per dedication.
If you do attach a photo to be used please be aware that your photo and message will be appearing on one of our public website pages, so by sending this to us you are giving consent for it to be used by Cornwall Hospice Care on our public facing website. Your message and photo will only be used for our Virtual Reflections memory page and for no other purpose.
“When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure…“