The following steps set out the process of developing your relationship with CCN and becoming a Partner.
The Community of the Cross of Nails (CCN) is a Christian network of churches and organisations who, drawn together by the story of Coventry Cathedral, share a common commitment to work and pray for peace justice and reconciliation through:
We are a relational Network which aims to be organic with no centralised structure. It operates under the authority and direction of Coventry Cathedral, its Dean and chapter and is facilitated by the Reconciliation Ministry Team, with the Canon Director for Reconciliation Ministry providing day to day direction to its policy and programme development.
We are a network of Partners who are churches and organisations.
We are a Christian faith-based reconciliation ministry whose partners are committed to working and relating within this ethos.
We are a network Drawn Together by the story of Coventry Cathedral and its Cross of Nails, and its partners have an ongoing relationship with Coventry Cathedral.
We share a Common Commitment to work and pray for peace, justice and reconciliation. We nurture this among our network through mutual support, fellowship, occasional joint action and the invitation to a common discipline in the Coventry Way.
We are a Fellowship expressed through:
CCN Partners are those who will make a common commitment to work and pray together for peace, justice and reconciliation and actively share in the life of the network.To become a CCN Partner you will need to demonstrate your commitment to the ethos of CCN as expressed in steps 1 and 2. You do this by preparing a written application which sets out the evidence to demonstrate how you fulfil the criteria and reflect a commitment to the mission statement in your life and ministry. A series of guideline questions are set out in the appendix below.
1. Show how your church or organisation reflects at least one of the three purposes of CCN in its life and priorities:
2. Provide evidence of how this is related to your active ministry or work in one or more ofthree areas:
3. Provide commendation for your reconciliation ministry from existing CCN Partners or senior Christian leaders with knowledge of your work.
To give tangible expression to this, even if you interest in joining has arisen from a visit to Coventry or contact with its team, prospective CCN partners are encouraged if possible tocome on a pilgrimage to Coventry Cathedral, normally of between one and three days duration. Dates will be set each year for CCN pilgrimages which will involve several new andeven existing Partners and so relationships are built across the network. During 2012 attendance at the international gathering in September will be the only pilgrimage date for that year, so that as many from the CCN as possible will join us to mark 50 years of the new Cathedral.There may be financial assistance available from the Bursary fund to assist with travel andcover accommodation for the pilgrimage.
Develop and maintain a relationship with CCN Partners in your nation or region, and where a co-ordinating group exists, share in its life and programme. In Germany, Netherlands and North America, there are formal boards for CCN. Applicants from these countries should contact their relevant person either before or at the same time as making contact with Coventry. Partners of the Community of the Cross of Nails are expected to be active in the network, and send representatives to national, regional or international gatherings when possible.
The CCN International Representatives meeting review your application and issue the formal invitation to become a CCN Partner.
Becoming part of the CCN is marked by the presentation of a Cross of Nails to your church or group. This normally takes place during a visit from a senior member of Coventry Cathedral and takes place at an appropriate event or service. The Coventry representative may be asked to speak or preach and a Liturgy for receiving a Cross of Nails will be provided. Each cross presented is blessed at a Coventry Cathedral service before being sent with the prayers of the Cathedral community for the new CCN Partner. New CCN Partners are responsible for the costs of return travel from Coventry and accommodation on arrival. Financial assistance may be available from the Partner Bursary Fund.
Now that you are part of the CCN:
Please keep in touch.
Please ask if there is any way in which the team at Coventry Cathedral and the wider CCN Network can support and encourage you in your reconciliation ministry.
The CCN is a relational network of churches and groups sharing a common commitment to reconciliation. We do not have a formal application form but invite you to prepare a written submission as set out in Step 3 above.These guidelines are provided to help you through this step. Some of them may not be relevant so use what helps you to best show us your commitment to reconciliation and belonging to CCN. In writing an application you should:
You are welcome to add any other information which you think may be useful to us in getting to know you and your commitment to reconciliation.