We would love to welcome your organisation into the Community of the Cross of Nails.
The Community of the Cross of Nails (CCN) is a Christian network of churches, charities, training organisations and schools who, drawn together by the story of Coventry Cathedral, share a common commitment to working and praying for peace, justice and reconciliation, through:
- Healing the wounds of history
- Learning to live with difference and celebrate diversity
- Building a culture of peace
Hear more about the CCN this radio interview with Dean John during his trip to present a Cross of Nails to Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, BC, Canada in June 2019.
We aim to be organic network of partners with no centralised structure, although we operate under the authority and direction of Coventry Cathedral, its Dean and chapter. Day to day policy and programme development is led by the Reconciliation Ministry Team.
We nurture our commitment to working and praying for peace, justice and reconciliation among our network through mutual support, fellowship, occasional joint action and the invitation to a common discipline in the Coventry Way.
Our Fellowship is expressed through:
- Maintaining links, sharing news and other regular communication with one another – this can be whether one to one, through our social media networks or through our regional or national CCN networks, or of course all three!
- Participating in regional or national co-ordinating groups (boards or committees) where these cover your area, and international gatherings.
- Praying for one another and for the issues that members face – you may like to use our Prayer Diary which features all members.
- Making donations towards the general work of CCN, and to its Partner and Bursary funds. We invite all new Partners who are able to, to pay a joining fee of £250 to the central CCN partner fund, which includes the cost of your Cross of Nails. There are currently no other, ongoing fees to Coventry, although some of the national boards within the global CCN (Germany, North America, the Netherlands, South Africa and Central & Eastern Europe) have their own membership rates.
You are invited to read our mission statement Growing Together in Hope.
Applying to Join
Applicants from Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, South Africa and Central and Eastern Europe should first make contact with the chairs of the national networks in these countries either before, or alongside, contacting Coventry: they will assist you with information and introduce you to others in your area.
We ask all those wishing to join to send us a written application which:
- Shows how your organisation reflects at least one of the three priorities of the CCN (above) in its life and priorities.
- Provides evidence of how this is related to your active ministry or work in one or more of three areas:
- Maintaining a Witness to the values of peace, justice and reconciliation in your life or in the purpose of your site e.g. commemoration event, peace chapel, memorial, the site of destruction or violent death, a place of significance for peace in a nation/community.
- Sharing in Prayer for peace, justice and reconciliation in the church and in the wider world e.g. through a regular prayer gathering for this purpose at which the Coventry Litany for Reconciliation is used. We encourage all CCN Partners where possible to say the Litany at 12 noon each Friday.
- Participating in Action for peace, justice and reconciliation through initiatives in local, national, regional or international contexts e.g. a church engaged in support of reconciliation between churches in a town, in working with marginalised communities in your neighbourhood, or in partnership with an organisation in an active conflict zone or of a former enemy.
- Supporting others as a Resource for reconciliation and peacebuilding work especially through the CCN network e.g. a residential learning facility, experienced and skilled members wiling to travel and provide support and training to others.
- Provides commendation for your reconciliation ministry from existing CCN Partners or senior Christian leaders with knowledge of your work.
We ask all those applying to join the CCN that they nurture their relationship with Coventry, and try to visit us during one of our twice-yearly pilgrimages, if you can, for which there may be financial assistance available from the Bursary fund.
The CCN will review your application and issue the formal invitation to become a CCN Partner, and we will then arrange for the presentation of your Cross of Nails. 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. We ask new CCN Partners to meet the return travel costs from Coventry, and accommodation on arrival. Financial assistance may be available from the Partner Bursary Fund.
Tips for writing your CCN application
- Name and address of organisation (both postal and location if different).
- Name of contact person, their role and address if different from organisation.
- Name and contact details for your minister/leader if not the contact person.
- Relevant email addresses, website and telephone number.
- Your mission statement or the aims of your organisation. If you are not a church, the summary should include a statement of your organisation’s Christian commitment.
- About your organisation, including a brief history.
- Those aspects of reconciliation which are addressed by your ministry. Include concrete examples of recent work. Published reports, photographs, etc. may be sent to support your application.
- About your relationship with Coventry Cathedral. When and how did it start? If it is only beginning, why does the Coventry Cathedral CCN attract you as a useful relationship for developing your reconciliation ministry? Would your members be willing to join a pilgrimage to Coventry as part of the process of becoming a Partner?
- If you have a relationship with other CCN partners in your own country or region.
- If you are not a church, about your relationship with your local or national churches. How do they share your vision and your work?
- What difference would it make to your ministry if you were to become a CCN Partner? How do you see you relationships growing with Coventry Cathedral and within the CCN network?
- If the organisation agrees to share in prayer for peace, justice and reconciliation in the church and world including regular use of the Litany of Reconciliation. Briefly explain what opportunities for prayer exist within your organisation.
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, and we are always very happy to keep in touch and assist you, if helpful, throughout the process. We look forward to hearing from you!