We encourage all partners and those interested in joining the Community of the Cross of Nails to come to Coventry at least once, if they can, and share in the very special and powerful message that simply coming here and being immersed in its story conveys. Twice a year, in spring and autumn, we hold a pilgrimage specifically for this purpose. It’s an occasion for partners, current and aspiring, to come together at  Coventry Cathedral for prayer and contemplation, to meet others in the network, to share their stories and experiences, and to learn from and be involved in the work of the Cathedral’s global reconciliation ministry.

This spring, for the first time, we are looking into extending the pilgrimage to include friends interested in joining our sister community Together for Hope, which links organisations with Coventry in exactly the same way as the CCN, framed around healing the wounds of history, living with difference and diversity, and building a culture of peace, but is for organisations of other faiths or none. Therefore some elements of the pilgrimage will be more flexible in their focus, and on occasion those of Christian and non-Christian faiths may follow different paths and then come together again later. This first pilgrimage in May will be very much testing out a new concept but we are very excited at the possibilities for collaboration and conversation!

All partners and those wishing to join are very warmly welcomed. For those coming from further afield we are happy to assist as much as we can with finding accommodation in, and transport to, Coventry. The cost to attend is £175 per person to cover three lunches, two evening meals and other non-accommodation costs over the two full days here in Coventry.

In response to feedback we have slightly shortened the length of the overall pilgrimage while still covering the same content, with a broader outlook to accommodate the wider range of attendees.  Our next pilgrimages will take place from lunchtime on Wednesday 29th to lunchtime on Friday 31st May 2019, and lunchtimes Wednesday 30th October to Friday 1st November 2019.

View the programme for the May pilgrimage.

If you are interested in attending the autumn 2019 pilgrimage, please contact alice.farnhill@coventrycathedral.org.uk.

We look forward to welcoming you to Coventry!