Hello, my name is Cerys and I am one of the three interns this year in the Reconciliation Ministry. I am local to Coventry, having grown up in the West Midlands and I was one of the many school children to visit the cathedral over the years to learn about its history and message of forgiveness and reconciliation. We interns are now half way through our internship, so I have been asked to reflect on my experiences so far and what I am looking forward to for the remainder of our time here.

Our first experience as interns was welcoming a large group of pilgrims from across the CCN in October. We loved meeting them and sharing all that Coventry Cathedral has to offer. We have also been to Lambeth Palace and attended a service there led by the Most Revd and Right Hon Justin Welby. We have been busy planning the St Michael’s House and Ruins programmes which started in January and will continue throughout the year and will be taken on by the next lot of interns (a scary thought as we are not ready to pass the torch on just yet!). We have also received training in reconciliation skills and started to deliver our own workshops. We are enjoying the work we are doing and feel very blessed that we have been given this opportunity to experience and learn more about reconciliation.

We have done so much already but we have still so much more to do over the next six months. One of the things I am excited for is Canon Sarah and us interns travelling to Israel Palestine in April to meet with our CCN partners in the region as well as welcome a new partner to the CCN. We also have at least 3 ICONS presentations, and 5 CCN presentations who we are excited to welcome into the CCN over the next two months. Canon Sarah and I will also be travelling to Burundi in July to deliver some much needed reconciliation training to clergy and lay workers in the diocese of Bujumbura, and, we are also excited to welcome back the Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby to Coventry as he celebrates Coventry Diocese’s 100th Anniversary with us here in May.

I would like to finish by thanking the German and North American CCN boards who generously fund Maite (from Germany) and Stacy (from the USA) and the Friends of Coventry Cathedral who fund me. Without your continuous generosity we would not be here.  I would also like to thank all the people at Coventry Cathedral and those who we work with in reconciliation for welcoming us and becoming our friends. I would finally like to thank the Reconciliation Ministry Team. We love working with you and thank you for trusting us with your ministry of forgiveness and reconciliation.

CCN Thought for the Week for 2nd March – Cerys Smith, Reconciliation Intern at Coventry Cathedral