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Religion and belief

This page provides links to websites for different religions and beliefs please follow the links below to open the websites in a new window.

Please see below for information on some of the many religions and beliefs.  This is not a definitive list and if there is additional information or links you would like us to include please e-mail your suggestions to us via the link opposite.

Dor Kemmyn’s main aim is to bring people together from different faiths and cultures to find common ground for the future well being of everyone.

The Baha’I Faith is the youngest of the world's independent religions.  The central theme of Bahá'u'lláh's message is that humanity is one single race and that the day has come for its unification in one global society.  There is a Cornish Baha’I website which advises you of when meetings are and what is going on locally.

Buddhism is a spiritual tradition that focuses on personal spiritual development and the attainment of a deep insight into the true nature of life.

Buddhism teaches that all life is interconnected, so compassion is natural and important.

Chan is the Chinese ancestor of Zen Buddhism. The Western Chan Fellowship is an association of lay Chan practitioners, a lay Sangha, based in the UK. We are registered as a charity in England and Wales, but we also have contacts in Europe, principally in Norway, Poland, Germany, Croatia and Switzerland, and also in USA. Our Zen retreats and other activities are open equally to both Buddhists and non-Buddhists.

This Western Chan Fellowship website will enable you to contact some of the Cornish Buddhists, the aim the website is to point you to as many Buddhist groups in Cornwall as we can so we can all get to know what meditation and practice groups, courses, retreats and teachings are taking place in Cornwall. We also point to events of our traditions within easy reach of Cornwall.

The Aro gTér is a stream of Vajrayana Buddhism in which ordination is congruous with romance, marriage, and family life. It focuses on the teaching and practice of the Inner Tantras from the point of view of Dzogchen, an essential non-dual teaching.

The Crystal Group was established by Namgyal Rinpoche, to provide an opportunity for deepening the study of Buddha Dharma.

The group is now is now located at a retreat centre in rural Herefordshire, at Maitreya House, opposite an established retreat centre at the Orchard across the road.

Christianity is the world's biggest religion and includes many different churches, some of which are noted below.

The Diocese of Truro is one of 44 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of approximately 1,370 square miles, and includes parishes in the whole of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The Diocese of Plymouth is one of 22 dioceses in the Roman Catholic Church.  It was established in 1850 and covers Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon and Dorset (including 2 parishes in Bournemouth).

The Methodist Church is active across Cornwall which is divided into 10 circuits of the Methodist Church.

Hinduism is the religion of the majority of people in India and Nepal. It also exists among significant populations outside of the sub continent and has over 900 million adherents worldwide.

Unlike most other religions, Hinduism has no single founder, no single scripture, and no commonly agreed set of teachings.

Our title mixes Hebrew and Cornish. ‘Kehillat’ is understood as (Jewish) community and ‘Kernow’ is the ancient form for Cornwall – thus we arrive at the Jewish Community of Cornwall.

We have been established since 1999 and our members come from widely differing backgrounds. We have former members of the progressive movement, people who were brought up in the orthodox tradition, others who have been part of the reform establishment for many years, some who have converted to Judaism, and some, indeed, who are in the process of converting. We also have members who are not Jewish at all. The final words of the Dr Jonathan Sacks, the Chief Rabbi, in his well known book ‘The Dignity of Difference’ apply to the formation of our community within the body of Judaism itself – “Difference does not diminish; it enlarges the sphere of human possibilities.”

The Cornwall Islamic Community Centre is the first and only dedicated Islamic centre in Cornwall and is run by the Cornwall Islamic Trust. After 15 years the trust has purchased Quenchwell Chapel and is converting it for purpose use.

The Cornwall Islamic Centre hold`s a number of weekly and annual events including weekly prayers, Sunday school, women’s groups and the annual Eid celebrations. The centre is also responsible for the cultural needs of Muslim marriages and deaths.

Find holy days and festivals by religion, date or year.

All dates are shown using the Gregorian (Western) calendar. The calendar is accurate, but some dates may vary regionally because they are determined by the lunar calendar. Jewish festivals usually begin at sundown on the previous day.