WCF World Congress of Faiths

Updated 26th January 2016

WCF World Congress of Faiths

WCF World Congress of Faiths

Collaboration House 77-79 Charlotte Street London W1T 4PW England, UK

Telephone: 44 (0) 1935 864055

Email: General Enquiries: enquiries@worldfaiths.org

Membership Enquires: membership@worldfaiths.org

Interreligious Insight Editor: editor@worldfaiths.org

WCF Chair: chair@worldfaiths.org

Website http://www.worldfaiths.org/

 

The World Congress of Faiths is one of the earliest international interfaith movements. 2016 is WCF’s 80th anniversary year. The WCF World Congress of Faiths is a personal membership educational charity established in 1936. WCF publishes “Interreligious Insight” and “One Family” to advise and report events. WCF sponsors lectures, conferences, retreats etc and publish books. WCF also provides a chance for members of local interfaith groups to meet people from different parts of the country and the world who share their concern. WCF is a member of the IFN Inter Faith Network (UK) and works with other interfaith organisations in Britain and across the world.

Widening Vision: The World Congress of Faiths and the Growing Interfaith Movement By Marcus Braybrooke. Braybrooke Press, 2013 ISBN 978-1-291-36232-9 http://www.worldfaiths.org/

http://www.lulu.com/ ID 13738831

E-book available from Amazon Kindle

Rev Dr Marcus Braybrooke President of the WCF World Congress of Faiths, wrote in his letter to CFRS Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service 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”. He also 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”.

WCF e-bulletin

“Faith and Fire”, World Congress of Faiths WCF e-bulletin (November 2014) page 2. http://www.worldfaiths.org/enewsletter.php

“Faith and Fire”, World Congress of Faiths WCF e-bulletin Newsletter (January 2015) page 5. http://www.worldfaiths.org/enewsletter.php

 

EVENTS INCLUDING FAITH AND FIRE AND WCF

WCF is represented on the Faith and Fire Steering Group.

August 2013

Faith and Fire at 2013 IARF/WCF Conference

IARF International Association for Religious Freedom/WCF World Congress of Faiths/Horsham Interfaith Forum, Conference Religious Freedom & Responsibility for Planet and People, 20-23 August 2013 in Horsham, West Sussex, UK. On Thursday 22nd August, Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili [Advisor on Interfaith and Multifaith to Fire Officer Daryl Oprey CFOA, Chief Fire Officers Association Lead on Equality and Diversity and CFOA E and D Group] spoke on “Faith and Fire – Partnership: Fire Officers and Faith Communities”.

The Conference book which includes her talk is: Religious Freedom and Responsibility For Planet and People IARF International Association for Religious Freedom, 2013. ISBN 978-0-9538172-2-1

http://www.iarf.net/

https://iarf.net/conference-report-religious-freedom-responsibility-for-planet-people/

https://iarf.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Report-Horsham-hosts-international-conference.pdf

June 2013

The WCF Executive meeting on June 17th discussed Faith and Fire. Rev Dr Alan Race WCF Chairman and Rev Dr Marcus Braybrooke WCF President sent Jacquetta Gomes a joint letter stating:

You will be glad to know that the World Congress of Faiths agreed:

“The World Congress of Faiths, recognising the important work of Faith and Fire, is pleased that Jacquetta Gomes, who is a member of the World Congress of Faiths, is willing to act as a Link Person between Faith and Fire and the World Congress of Faiths, including in her role as an Advisor on Interfaith and Multifaith to Fire Officer Daryl Oprey CFOA, Chief Fire Officers Association Lead on Equality and Diversity and CFOA E and D Group.

The World Congress of Faiths is happy that Jacquetta Gomes, is willing to act as a Link Person between Faith and Fire and the World Congress of Faiths to help CFRS Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service relate to the faith communities in the area, and is glad to offer its help and encouragement.

Jacquetta Gomes can use WCF World Congress of Faiths Member in the footer on correspondence from Faith and Fire.

The Executive Committee also hopes that Jacquetta Gomes will help promote support for the World Congress in the North West of England.

We are very grateful for your enthusiasm and commitment and wish you well in your many activities.”

May 2013

VISIT OF REV DR MARCUS BRAYBROOKE PRESIDENT OF WCF WORLD CONGRESS OF FAITHS TO KENDAL CUMBRIA

Rev Dr Marcus Braybrooke President of the WCF World Congress of Faiths and Mrs Mary Braybrooke visited Kendal from 9th – 12th May 2013.

Faith and Fire Friday 10th May Kendal Fire Station

Faith and Fire is a partnership between some FRS Fire and Rescue Services and faith communities to develop mutual respect. It also increases the awareness of faiths to FRS staff and volunteers.

CFRS Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service hosted an event to explore the issues and challenges of Faith for the Fire and Rescue Services.

The event was led by: Fire Officer Daryl Oprey CFOA Lead on Equality & Inclusion Rev Dr Marcus Braybrooke President of WCF World Congress of Faiths

Assisted by: Mrs Mary Braybrooke Yasmin Bukhari (Bridging Cultures Coordinator GMFRS Executive Member AFSA Asian Fire Service Association) Simone Garnett (BME & Migrant Workers Advocate Kendal Fire Station CFRS) Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili (Advisor on Interfaith and Multifaith to Fire Officer Daryl Oprey CFOA Lead on Equality &Inclusion) Brian Rendell (CFRS Volunteer Kendal Fire Station) Suzanne Wainwright (Community Safety Coordinator Kendal Fire Station CFRS)

This event marked the end of the Kendal Pilot Project at Kendal Fire Station.

The Quaker Tapestry offered lunch and a visit to the Quaker Tapestry located in The Kendal Friends Meeting House.

Interfaith Co-operation for a Better World Saturday 11th May

A day Conference on Interfaith Co-operation for a Better World was led by Rev Dr Marcus Braybrooke President of the WCF World Congress of Faiths and SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum Saturday, at The Kendal Friends Meeting House (Quakers) on 11th May. Sessions included: The Baha’i Prayer for Unity, Chanting the Buddhist Discourse on Loving-Kindness, A Culture of Peace, Healing the Scars of Conflict, Interfaith Stories and Inner Peace.

St George’s Church Kendal Service Sunday 12th May

Rev Dr Marcus Braybrooke was the Preacher at the Service at St George’s Church Kendal. The President of the Service was Rev Jean Radley.

April 2013

Presentation to the World Congress of Faiths AGM 30th April 2013 on Faith and Fire by Fire Officer Daryl Oprey

Hello all and thank you so much for the invite to address you all.

Today I speak on behalf of the CFOA Chief Fire Officers Association for which I am the Equality and Diversity Lead for the UK.

Whilst I am a serving operational emergency response officer of some 27 years and will be on duty in Humberside tomorrow morning, I address you today not in uniform because I wish to inform you of our very diverse work across a growing area of emergency rescue and also and just as important our inclusion and prevention work.

You may know your FRS Fire and Rescue Services across the globe as being there to extinguish and rescue from fires. Some of you will appreciate that we now commit to rescues of people and animals from all sorts of emergency situations.

Only the fire part is statutory in this country the rest is humanitarian and performed to differing extents depending where you are in the country.

What I can say is that all FRS Fire and Rescue Services are committed to being more inclusive so they can show their service is available to all. This is where I need your help.

We are relatively new to applying our diverse inclusion practices across multi faiths. Some services are good at considering and making contact with different faith groups to learn about them and ensure that dignity and respect is paid to all. Examples of this are knowing how to treat our people at the mosque if we had to rescue them from a flood, how we treat Buddhists in death unfortunately a situation we are likely to come across in the FRS Fire and Rescue Services.

Whilst there is a statutory responsibility to provide services we often do not show our consideration of different faiths.

Many FRS Fire and Rescue Services are targeting their interventions towards the most vulnerable from fire and many faiths would not feature in statistics however what we must all appreciate that different faith groups include the elderly, medication dependant, those with mobility problems, those who smoke, those who live on their own, those who cook using oils and flammables. These are often the targeted groups.

Without knowledge the connections may never be made by already busy FRS Fire and Rescue Services. I ask that you communicate to all of your localities if they wish for a link with their emergency services in whatever capacity then they can do so through the local FRS Fire and Rescue Services Community Safety units found on their websites.

This is why we have established the Faith and Fire approach. This currently is a philosophy to acknowledge a relationship and inclusiveness.

To indicate some of the benefits that can result from some these relationships, I can cite that through a connection through the BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) I now have a multi faith advisor, and have a large network of multi faith quality assurers for documents and policies we produce. At a recent Buddhist convention [The Manchester Buddhist Convention in October 2012], one of the venerable monks informed his fellow Buddhists that maybe they should be considerate of being more involved in helping society be safer through a relationship with the emergency services. On a local level faith groups can and should become much more involved in services provided for them, including as consultees for policies and practices which can affect them e.g. Safeguarding of adults and children. It is of course also helpful for different faiths to know more about the role and activities of their local services. There may be ways of sharing your local FRS Fire and Rescue Services ‘brand’ to make our people safer and more aware of dangers and emergencies.

With more and more financial restraints being placed upon the FRS Fire and Rescue Services we are working to help people be prepared to help themselves eg supporting flood planning for places of worship.

All of your emergency services are bound by their own statutes, broader laws (eg The Equality Act 2010). This means they are very much expected to be part of society.

We need to help the emergency services understand and appreciate more how to be more considerate of different beliefs so they can afford dignity to all.