Saturday 19th April 2014

Good Afternoon. Welcome to Coventry Cathedral. An extraordinary place. A story you can't ignore.

The Community of^the Cross of Nails^^^

Bishop John with members of the CCN

The Coventry Cross of Nails is a powerful and inspirational symbol worldwide of forgiveness and reconciliation. In post conflict Europe of the 1950's and 60's, the presentation of a Cross of Nails to churches in Kiel, Dresden, Berlin and other cities destroyed by Allied bombing, symbolized peace and the growing trust and partnership that developed.

By the 1970's this courageous vision began to spread to other areas of conflict and the Community of the Cross of Nails was formed in 1974. There are now 170 CCN Partners around the world drawn together by the Coventry story and working for peace and reconciliation within their own communities and countries.

Their work is demanding and diverse. It may focus on issues of politics, race, religion, economics, environment, sexual orientation or personal animosity. It can have broad and far-reaching, national consequences, or it can make significant difference to individual lives.

Partners can be churches, peace organizations, reconciliation initiatives, NGOs and educational centres, any body of people who have a heart and a need to pursue reconciliation in their own lives and the lives of others.

CCN Partners in Germany, Netherlands and the USA have a national board. Others link to support each other on a regional, country or citywide basis. They are to be found from Africa to Australia, Europe to Asia: truly a global network. Together CCN Partners are committed to learn from and support each other - practically and prayerfully.

For further information about the work of the Community of the Cross of Nails have a look at its dedicated website or go directly to the site's news page.