Faith and Fire 2012 News

Updated 9th March 2015

Faith and Fire 2012 News

November 2012

NATIONAL INTERFAITH WEEK 18-27 November 2012

Islamic Sufi Nuh Nazir led the Travelling Zikr at Kendal Fire Station Community Room on Saturday 24th November as part of the Kendal Pilot Project. The meeting was led by Fire Officer Will Richardson.

NATIONAL INTERFAITH WEEK 18-27 November 2012

The Mayor of Kendal Councillor John Willshaw invited SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum, representatives of local faith groups, the Chair of SLEDP South Lakeland Equality and Diversity Partnership, and CFRS Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service (representing agencies), for a celebration in the Mayor’s Parlour in Kendal Town Hall on Thursday 22nd November. A booklet of the readings given by the invitees was prepared by SLIF. Upasaka Sumedha John Gerrard read The Metta Sutta (The Discourse on Loving Kindness) in English, on behalf of BGKT. Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili read The Golden Rule, on behalf of KWMMG Kendal Women’s Multifaith Meditation Group. Gloria Warwick BME and Migrant Workers Advocate represented CFRS Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and local agencies.

November 2012

Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili attended the Road Peace Service of Prayer and Dedication, on the World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims, at St John The Evangelist Church on Barrow Island, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, on 18th November.

November 2012

NATIONAL INTERFAITH WEEK 18-27 November 2012

Celebrating Our Faiths NIF National Interfaith Week Event in Kendal

SLEDP (South Lakeland Equality and Diversity Partnership) and SLIF (South Lakeland Interfaith Forum) presented Celebrating Our Faiths, on 17th November, the eve of National Interfaith Week (NIF). The meeting was held at South Lakes Foyer in Kendal. There were information stalls from local faith organisations, and a discussion session led by the SLIF committee. The organisers brought practitioners of many faiths and paths together to share their insights and practices and to learn from each other. Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Secretary of BGKT was the SLEDP Lead for this event.

CFRS Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service had a stall run by Suzanne Wainwright (Community Safety Coordinator at Kendal Fire Station), which included information about the Pilot Project at Kendal Fire Station between CFRS and BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada). Several faith groups offered their support for the expansion of the Pilot Project to include other faiths in 2013.

November 2012

Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili became Advisor on Interfaith and Multifaith to Fire Officer Daryl Oprey CFOA Chief Fire Officers Association Lead on Equality & Diversity and CFOA E & D Group, on 7th November 2012.

As a result of this role with CFOA Chief Fire Officers Association, Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili was also acknowledged as an advisor to the FRSCA (The Fire Service Chaplains Association for Great Britain and Islands) on 8th November 2012.

October 2012

Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Oldham and Venerable Galopottayaye Pemananda of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara, led a discussion with Simone Garnett BME andf Migrant Workers Advocate at Kendal Fire Station, CFRS Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service, as part of the Pilot Project at Kendal Fire Station, on 19th October 2012. This was attended by Upasaka Sumedha (John Gerrard) and Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili (Jacquetta Gomes) of BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal Theravada.

October 2012

MANCHESTER BUDDHIST CONVENTION

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The 2012 Manchester Buddhist Convention was held at Manchester University Chaplaincy on 13th October.

The Convention Session BUDDHISTS, FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE WORKING TOGETHER IN CUMBRIA was led by Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa (Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara, Oldham, and Chaplain to Manchester University); Jacquetta Gomes (Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili) (Secretary, Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada)); and Fire Officer Daryl Oprey (CFOA Chief Fire Officers Association Lead on Equality & Diversity).

Venerable Piyatissa explained how mindfulness can be developed to help all the parties (firefighters and victims) to face and overcome difficult emergency situations. Fire Officer Oprey explained the national developments taking place. Jacquetta Gomes explained the Pilot Project at Kendal Fire Station.

Contributions from CFRS Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service, about the Kendal Fire Station Pilot Project were read out:

“THE KENDAL PILOT PROJECT
The collaboration between Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) and Kendal Fire Station, was born out of the Fire Service looking to engage with and also wishing to have an understanding of the cultures and faiths that make up our wider community. Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) has been instrumental in making contact with and arranging meetings with faith groups and leaders. This familiarisation will be invaluable, were we to attend an incident, or provide fire safety visits to our minority groups. The understanding learned through visits/talks from specialists (including Venerable Piyatissa and Sufi Nuh Nazir) will allow us to support the cultures and faiths in Cumbria in a more meaningful way.” Will Richardson, Service Delivery Manager, Kendal Locality Office CFRS Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service

“It is the ongoing aim and commitment of CFRS Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service to provide excellent fire prevention and emergency services to all our community members in Cumbria. In order to do this we need to continually seek greater understanding of the changing and evolving nature of the communities that we serve. As Rev Dr Braybrooke President of the WCF World Congress of Faiths, wrote in his letter to our Chief Fire Officer, Dominic Harrison – “…those engaged in the service of the community can be helped by the leaders of faith communities to show sensitivity to the beliefs and pattern of life of members of minority communities.” Leaders of faith communities, people like yourself, help us immeasurably to engage fully with minority communities with open dialogue where we can make sure our life saving advice and services can be accurate, sensitive and inclusive. As an organisation we also benefit from understanding and welcoming diversity into the Fire Service itself, so that our dedicated personnel are a reflection of the increasingly diverse community that we seek to serve.” Simone Garnett, BME Advocate Kendal Fire Station, CFRS Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service

September 2012

Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili, Chief Constable Stuart Hyde QPM, and Fire Officer Will Richardson (Service Delivery Manager Kendal Locality Office), have written an article “Buddhists, Fire and Rescue Service and Police Working Together in Cumbria”, Faith Initiative, Issue 27 (September, 2012) 10. Available online at www.faithinitiative.co.uk/

September 2012

The Fire Service wish to target the Buddhist community to offer our home fire safety visit service. This would be done with appropriate advice and support to ensure that the Fire Service personnel do not unintentionally compromise practitioners of the Buddhist faith and cause offence whilst carrying out the visit.

Fire Officer Daryl Oprey (CFOA Chief Fire Officers Association Lead on Equality & Diversity), Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Oldham and Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes Secretary of BGKT are working together to ensure that any information the Fire Service holds on Buddhism is appropriate, accurate and helpful. Other Buddhist teachers are helping them with this. They are also working together find and develop appropriate national and international contacts for Fire Officer Oprey from various faiths.

Fire Officer Daryl Oprey stated “With respect to the Fire Service involvement it is around us being a more inclusive, aware and conspicuous service not just about dealing with tragedy but preventing it. We treat everyone as members of society and appreciate that our service delivery needs to be shown as being adaptable and considerate of all faiths and cultures. It is not enough to believe that ‘one size fits all’.”

August 2012

Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Head of Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Oldham gave a talk and led a question and answer session for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service personnel at Kendal Fire Station community room, on 7th August 2012. The meeting was chaired by Fire Officer Will Richardson (Service Delivery Manager Kendal Locality Office) and attended by Gloria Warwick BME & Migrant Workers Advocate Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and members of BGKT.

June 2012

Rev Dr Marcus Braybrooke President of the World Congress of Faiths stated “I am most impressed to hear about the imaginative way in which the Kendal Fire Station Community Room is being used and especially the hospitality shown to local faith communities … I am especially interested in the fact that Buddhist retreats have been held in the Community Room”. He and Fire Officer Daryl Oprey (CFOA Chief Fire Officers Association Lead on Equality & Diversity) will be leading a day at Kendal Fire Station on 10th May 2012 as part of the Pilot Project.

May 2012

Gloria Warwick BME & Migrant Workers Advocate Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and Jacquetta Gomes attended a discussion about NIF National Interfaith Week 2012, with the Mayor of Kendal Councillor John Willshaw in the Mayor’s Parlour in Kendal Town Hall, on 31st May. A photoshoot followed. The Mayor invited Gloria Warwick to represent the Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and other agencies at the NIF Week event in the Mayor’s Parlour in November 2012.

A photograph from the photoshoot, is on the MBC Manchester Buddhist Convention website.
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April 2012

Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes from BGKT met Fire Officers Steve Healy and Will Richardson at Kendal Fire Station on 30th April to discuss Buddhist working with the Fire Service and to discuss the Pilot Project for this at Kendal Fire Station. This Project was set up and developed by Fire Officer Steve Healey (Locality Manager Kendal), Fire Officer Will Richardson (Service Delivery Manager Kendal Locality Office) and Gloria Warwick BME & Migrant Workers Advocate from the Fire Service and Jacquetta Gomes from BGKT. The Pilot Project is led by Fire Officer Will Richardson and Jacquetta Gomes. Fire Officer Suzanne Wainwright and Simone Garnett BME & Migrant Workers Advocate are now helping to run the Pilot Project.

Rev Dr Marcus Braybrooke President of the World Congress of Faiths stated “I am most impressed to hear about the imaginative way in which the Kendal Fire Station Community Room is being used and especially the hospitality shown to local faith communities … I am especially interested in the fact that Buddhist retreats have been held in the Community Room”.