Updated 9th March 2015
Faith and Fire 2007-2009 News
A meeting (Chaired by the Mayor of Kendal Councillor John Bateson) was held on 15th September 2009 at Kendal Fire Station for religious representatives and local agencies. Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili and Duncan Fisher Upasaka Dhammika from BGKT helped. Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Maha Thera (Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Oldham) participated. Venerable Piyatissa Maha Thera, Sufi Nuh Nazir and BGKT visited the Mayor’s Parlour Kendal Town Hall at the invitation of the Mayor of Kendal Councillor John Bateson. The organizers are trying to make contact with representatives from other faiths and schools of Buddhism. Sacred texts and religious books were donated to Mayor Bateson for use by the citizens of Kendal and for use in the Kendal and Barrow Hospital Chaplaincies. Further donations of appropriate literature would be appreciated.
This event was covered by Cumbria’s Green Handbook (Winter 2009), The Lakeland Echo (6th October 2009), Local Choice Magazine: Lakes Edition (November, 2009), The Westmorland Gazette (1st October 2009). Cumbria’s Green Handbook has further information www.greenhandbook.co.uk Click on Directory Look in section Action for Interfaith Communication
The NBO Network of Buddhist Organisations UK News section contains further information. http://nbo.org.uk/nboweb1/home.htm
Fire Officer Graham asked Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes from BGKT to represent minority faiths at the Kendal Neighbourhood Forum meeting at Kendal Town Hall on 26th September 2007 where the Kendal Fire Station Community Room was announced.