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Faith groups to hold 'tolerance summit'

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 21, 2013

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Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Pagans and Bahais will be making the case for better religious tolerance when they meet for a conference in Cornwall today.

As part of a national initiative, Cornwall Faith Forum is holding a one-day interfaith gathering in Bodmin to examine the challenges faced by diverse groups in a large rural region.

Established eight years ago, the forum works to bring together members from seven faith communities in Cornwall through regular events. Cornwall interfaith development worker Rita Stephen explained that the aim of CFF is to promote respect and understanding between followers of different faiths and outlooks for the benefit of everyone.

She said the forum is vital for Cornwall at a time of conflict elsewhere in the world.

"It sends out a positive message of tolerance and a celebration of diversity," said Rita, who is a Quaker.

"What we are hoping to achieve is a celebration and better understanding of each other's faiths. Through a series of workshops, talks and presentations, we will be able to learn a lot more about each other, to find common ground, promote respect and support isolated groups."

The conference takes place at the Shire House Suite, Bodmin, today from 10am-4pm. Representatives from the seven faiths groups involved will talk about their community in Cornwall, and there will be presentations from interfaith specialists Jonathan Marshall MBE and the Reverend Dr Barbara Glasson. The rest of the day will include a variety of workshops.

The event, which is open to all, costs £30 for people with an income and £10 for anyone on low or no income, and will include lunch, cakes and refreshments.

Details at dorkemmyn.org.uk or call Rita Stephen on 07775 937 485

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