Faith and Fire 2015 News

Updated 23rd July 2017

Faith and Fire 2015 News

December 2015

FaithAction (of which Faith and Fire is a member) met Faith and Fire representatives Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili and Yasmin Bukhari in Manchester.

http://www.faithaction.net/

http://www.faithaction.net/2016/01/06/meeting-members-faith-fire/

November 2015

Ven Galpottayaye Pemananda and Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili represented Faith and Fire at the AFSA Asian Fire Service Association Conference at Warrington on 26th and 27th November 2015.

http://afsa.co.uk/

November 2015

INTERFAITH WEEK 15-21 November 2015

http://www.interfaithweek.org/

The Fire Fighters Charity multi-faith chaplaincy

The Fire Fighters Charity multi-faith chaplaincy was launched during Inter Faith Week on 18 November 2015 at Jubilee House near Penrith in Cumbria, which is the charity’s first centre to introduce multi-faith chaplaincy support. The first Chaplain is Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili a member of the Faith and Fire Steering Group.

“Firefighters charity leads the way with multifaith chaplaincy”, Cumberland & Westmorland Herald, (4 December 2015).

http://www.cwherald.com/a/archive/firefighters-charity-leads-the-way-with-multifaith-chaplaincy.451726.html

 

“Fire Fighters Charity Multifaith Chaplaincy and Faith and Fire”, IFN Inter-Faith Network for the United Kingdom IFN e- bulletin (February/March 2016) page 11.

https://www.interfaith.org.uk/news/ifn-e-bulletin

https://www.interfaith.org.uk/uploads/IFNe-bulletinFeb-Mar20161.pdf

“Kendal Buddhist to help recuperating firefighters”, Westmorland Gazette, (3 December 2015).

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/14105887.Kendal_Buddhist_to_help_recuperating_firefighters/

“Multifaith Chaplaincy Proposed by The Fire Fighters Charity in the UK” By Press Office Buddhistdoor Global (2015-11-2)

https://www.buddhistdoor.net/news/multifaith-chaplaincy-proposed-by-the-fire-fighters-charity-in-the-uk

https://www.facebook.com/BuddhistdoorGlobal/posts/964811966927183

SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum Celebration in Kendal Town Hall

SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith held a celebration in Kendal Town Hall on Tuesday 17th November 2015. Readings were given by local faith groups. A booklet of readings was prepared by SLIF.

Readings from Interfaith Week 2015: Interfaith Week 2015 Tuesday 17th November, Kendal Town Hall Readings and prayers on the theme of Compassion

https://southlakelandinterfaith.com/2016/07/11/readings-from-interfaith-week-2015/

November 2015

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 17th November at Kendal Fire Station.

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

November 2015

Merseyside FRS were represented at the Opening Ceremony and Kathina Celebration at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester on Sunday 8th November 2015.

http://www.newslanka.net/the_grand_opening_ceremony_of_new_ketumati_buddhist_vihara_&_kathina_celebrations.html

October 2015

Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili was invited to Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service on 21st and 22nd October to discuss the work of Faith and Fire.

October 2015

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 20th October at Kendal Fire Station.

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

October 2015

MANCHESTER BUDDHIST CONVENTION

www.manchesterbuddhistconvention.wordpress.com

The 2015 Manchester Buddhist Convention was held at Manchester University Chaplaincy on 10th October.

The Convention Session Faith and Fire was led by Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa; Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili (Secretary, Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada)) and (Advisor on Interfaith and Multifaith to Fire Officer Daryl Oprey CFOA Lead on Inclusion & Diversity and CFOA Equality & Diversity Group; and Fire Officer Daryl Oprey (CFOA Chief Fire Officers Association Lead on Inclusion & Diversity).

Buddhists, Fire and Rescue Service and Police Working Together in Cumbria 10 June 2012

https://manchesterbuddhistconvention.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/buddhists-fire-and-rescue-service-and-police-working-together-in-cumbria/

Faith and Fire 26 July 2015

https://manchesterbuddhistconvention.wordpress.com/spiritual-event-listings/faith-and-fire/

Jacquetta Gomes – World’s First Female Buddhist Fire Chaplain 26 July 2015

https://manchesterbuddhistconvention.wordpress.com/2015/07/26/jacquetta-gnomes-worlds-first-female-buddhist-fire-chaplain/

September 2015

Dr Hema Gamage led a retreat for BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) at Kendal Fire Station community room on 27th September 2015. As far as Faith and Fire is aware this is the first retreat led by a female Buddhist to take place in an operational Fire Station in the UK.

https://www.facebook.com/sakyadhita.international/posts/912013728884298

“Kendal Buddhists hold retreat at town’s fire station”, Westmorland Gazette, posted on website 19 October 2015.

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/13878625.Kendal_Buddhists_hold_retreat_at_town_s_fire_station/

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

September 2015

Garry Collins represented Faith and Fire at a talk by H.H. The Dalai Lama in London.

http://www.jainology.org/2973/ahimsa-indias-ontrobution-to-the-world-h-h-the-dalai-lama/

September 2015

The FRSCA Fire & Rescue Service Chaplains’ Association of the United Kingdom and Islands UK Conference at the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-the-Marsh from 8th – 10th September 2015. Jacquetta Gomes ESFRS East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Buddhist and Multifaith Chaplain represented ESFRS Chaplaincy.

http://www.fireservicecollege.ac.uk/

http://www.esfrs.org/search/?q=chaplains

http://www.esfrs.org/search/?q=faith

August 2015

The Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia included pages by Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes.

http://www.chinabuddhismencyclopedia.com/en/index.php/Category:Bodhicarini_Upasika_Jayasili_Jacquetta_Gomes

“Kendal Buddhists ‘delighted’ that their works feature in new international eLibrary”, Westmorland Gazette, posted 1 February (2016).

http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/news/14244520.Kendal_Buddhists__delighted__that_their_works_feature_in_new_international_eLibrary/

“Kendal Buddhists ‘delighted’ that their works feature in new international eLibrary”, The Buddhist Channel, 2 February, 2016.

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=3,12656,0,0,1,0#.WP8kscbTXIU

August 2015

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 18th August at Kendal Fire Station.

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

July 2015

Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa (Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester) led a retreat for BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) at Kendal Fire Station community room on 26th July 2015.

(As far as Faith and Fire is aware Venerable Piyatissa led the first retreat led by a Buddhist Monk to take place in an operational Fire Station in the UK, at Kendal Fire Station in September 2011.)

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

July 2015

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 21st July at Kendal Fire Station.

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

July 2015

Jacquetta Gomes BGKT Secretary ran a stall and spoke about Faith and Fire and BEWES Buddhists Engaged with Emergency Services, at the Cinnamon Kendal Faith Action Audit event on 16th July. This is part of the national Faith Action Audit.

The results of the Cinnamon Faith Action Audits were announced on Wednesday May 20th 2015 at Emmanuel Centre, Westminster.

Key statistics:

  • Collectively, local faith groups deliver 220,000 social action projects
  • Local faith groups serve 48 million beneficiaries
  • Local faith groups mobilise 2 million volunteers
  • Collectively,  local faith groups give over £3 billion worth of social support

http://www.cinnamonnetwork.co.uk/

http://www.cinnamonnetwork.co.uk/cinnamon-faithaction-audits/

http://www.cinnamonnetwork.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/22499-CFAAR-16pp-Kendal-FINAL-AW_lr.pdf

http://bewesbuddhists.weebly.com/

June 2015

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 30th June at Kendal Fire Station.

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

June 2015

In June 2015 SF&RS Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service England, UK, appointed three Buddhists as Fire Chaplains:

Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara, Manchester, Venerable Galpottayaye Pemananda Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester, and Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili BGKT Secretary.

http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/3452.asp

http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/Documents/chaplains-poster-2015-v2.pdf

May 2015

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 19th May at Kendal Fire Station.

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

May 2015

Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili ESFRS East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Buddhist and Multifaith Chaplain attended the ESFRS Chaplains Day at ESFRS on 15th May. The day started at the ESFRS Training Centre in Maresfield East Sussex for the launch of the new ESFRS Chaplain Handbook This was followed by a visit to the new Sussex Control Centre in Hayward’s Heath West Sussex.

http://www.esfrs.org/search/?q=chaplains

http://www.esfrs.org/search/?q=faith

April 2015

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 21st April at Kendal Fire Station.

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

April 2015

Jacquetta Gomes represented Faith and Fire at Conference hosted by The Cognitive Centres and Fabtic, Working with Juvenile Firesetters – Keys to Success, at The Midland Hotel in central Manchester, on Friday 17th April.

https://www.cognitivecentre.com/

www.fabtic.co.uk

March 2015

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 17th March at Kendal Fire Station.

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

February 2015

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 17th February at Kendal Fire Station.

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html

January 2015

The monthly silent meditation session for Cumbrian Buddhist Groups was held on Tuesday 20th January at Kendal Fire Station.

https://www.cumbriacommunitymessaging.co.uk/da/183178/Kendal_Fire_Station_news.html