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CCN Thought for the Week for 1st April – the Very Reverend John Witcombe The hope of a shared future is something to cling to as we reflect, a year on, on all that has happened since Easter a year ago. CCN Thought for the Week for 19th March – Sarah Bourne, St Mary’s, Banbury Regular cross-community connection across the CCN has grown in various welcome ways during the enormous challenges of 2020-21; including for Mary’s own weekly Compline: CCN Thought for the Week for 13th March – a new, second Cross for Lüdenscheid-Plettenberg One of our CCN partners in Germany has received a second Cross of Nails earlier this year to strengthen their reconciliation work in their community. Britta Däumer gives a little background: CCN Thought for the Week for 25th February – a new Cross of Nails for the Augustinerkloster in Erfurt, Germany Today, 25th February, at 6pm is a time of memorial at the Evangelical Augustinian Monastery in Erfurt. This has long been a date to be remembered for the victims of a bombing attack in Erfurt on 25 February 1945, and by extension today’s victims of war and violence. Today it remembers also the theft of ... CCN Thought for the Week for 12th February – Josefine Ufkes on her distance-internship with Coventry this year This year’s internship is unlike any we’ve had before – this is Fine’s experience of working for Coventry, but at quite some distance, for much of this intern year. CCN Thought for the Week for 5th February – Hans Jørgen Morvik, Bergen Cathedral Congregation “The most important lesson the pandemic has given us, is how much we depend on each other: friends, neighbours, countries.” A refection on Covid-19 from the rector of the five churches of Bergen Cathedral Congregation, which joined the CCN one year ago, just before the pandemic arrived. CCN Thought for the Week for 29th January – the Revd Dr Chris Hodder, RAF Chaplains’ Branch “As a Christian minister, part of our call is the pastoral task of bringing order into chaos”: a reflection on a chaplaincy visit to the Falkland Islands, but holding much wider resonances too in this current era of so much uncertainty for us all. CCN Thought for the Week for 22nd January – the UN Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons becomes law A reflection on this hugely symbolic day, 75 years on from the UN’s first general assembly. CCN Thought for the Week for 15th January – the Right Rev. Dr. Logan McMenamie, Diocese of British Columbia The Magi’s journey is a life-changing one, as, necessarily, are all paths that lead to reconciliation. A story of travelling together, from the far west coast of Canada: CCN Thought for the Week for 6th January – the treasures of Epiphany This epiphany season, as we mark the time when the Magi came to the baby Jesus with gifts, we are seeking to shine a small spotlight on these, our own gifts: these CCN partner charities each making such a difference in terrible times. CCN Thought for the Week for 24th December – Dan Koski, Institute for Ecumenical Research, Romania The power of the message of Light, Light and Love brought by the Stalingrad Madonna for Christmas 2020. CCN Thought for the Week for 11th December – Mary Taylor, Flodden Peace Garden Adverse circumstances are bringing sweeping change to one of our UK partners, Flodden Peace Garden. Read their story here and please hold them in your prayers. Thought for the Week for 18th December – a look back on 2020 for the CCN It’s been a year unlike anything we’ve known before. The key word for it probably is ‘online’; as for so many others, everything’s gone this way this year for the CCN!
To look on the positive side however, it’s forced us to take the plunge into areas that we already knew we needed to be addressing: ... CCN Thought for the Week for 27th November – applications open for Journey of Hope 2021 If you believe a new, more peaceful way of being is not only possible but paramount and want to be inspired by experienced faith leaders and innovative practices, this programme is for you. CCN Thought for the Week for 20th November – thoughts on a virtual 80th anniversary Out of the challenges of 2020 comes hope, and new ways of being together. CCN Thought for the Week for 13th November – the Very Reverend John Witcombe On the eve of the 80th anniversary of the Coventry Blitz, we share this Thought, written for our CCN partner the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, who planned to host Dean John this weekend. “Our shared witness to reconciliation is a message of hope to the world… whatever happens, knowing that we all need forgiveness, we can find a ... CCN Thought for the Week for 6th November – Revd Neil Willard, Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, Houston As the USA and the wider world await the outcome of the US election, a reflection this week from one of our recent online pilgrims, Revd Neil Willard, from Houston, Texas. CCN Thought for the Week for 2nd November – from a recent online pilgrim from Holy Trinity Pro-Cathedral, Brussels A reflection on our online pilgrimage, from one of our newer CCN partners: its inevitable online nature in these times being ‘both a restriction and a liberation’. Read more …. CCN Thought for the Week for 17th October – are online pilgrimages the future? It’s been so encouraging to be reminded this week that, in such a difficult, disjointed year, our essence is strong, that individually and collectively so much good work goes on, and in the need to connect with each other there is great opportunity. Read about our first online pilgrimage, over the past few days: CCN Thought for the Week for 25th September – welcome to Josefine Ufkes, our new intern! In a year that is anything but normal for internships, we really look forward to Josefine starting work with us! CCN Thought for the Week for 12th September – Rahel Tippelt, former Coventry reconciliation intern As we prepare to welcome a new intern, Josefine, to Coventry, we hear from Rahel, who was with us three years ago, on the rich impact her year here had on her life. CCN Thought for the Week for 28th August – a month to go until CCN Sunday! Our second annual day to celebrate the CCN takes place in just under one month, on Sunday 27th September, and we invite all CCN partners to join in as and how they can!
It has been a year that many of us struggle to find appropriate adjectives for. From the appalling racial injustices and powerful reactions ... CCN Thought for the Week for 21st August – St Saviour’s, Claremont and Good Shepherd, Protea, Cape Town, South Africa The 18th August has been a highlight in the St Saviour’s Parish calendar for twenty years since we were presented with a cross of nails admitting St Saviour’s Claremont with Good Shepherd Protea to the international Community of the Cross of Nails in 2000. This happened in Coventry Cathedral at the first International CCN Conference. ... CCN Thought for the Week for 3rd August – Brian Crisp, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, USA Since March, the United States has seen the exponential spread of COVID-19, a pandemic that has crippled society. This disease has not only exposed our physical vulnerability, but laid bare our moral crises: The continued violence of racism and the insidious horrors of white supremacy. Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Dominique Fells are ... CCN Thought for the Week for 27th July – Robert Childers, CCN USA President Reflections on the life and death of John Lewis and wondering whether we can hear the words “black lives matter” as a Gospel Mandate rather than a political statement CCN Thought for the Week for 17th July – Revd Sarah Bourne, former curate at Coventry Cathedral In last week’s live-streamed Compline from St Mary’s community in Banbury, we prayed for the world to be healed from all malice and hatred, and that we might root out the evil of racism. We live in worrying times where divisions within society and between countries are growing wider again along all sorts of lines, ... CCN Thought for the Week for 10th July – The Very Reverend John Witcombe, Dean of Coventry Cathedral The profound issues around race that have surfaced this year are the responsibility of us all, to face, to own and to address, however little we may feel we know about where to start. Dean Jean expands on this in this video below, at a time when even the actual word ‘race’ within the Litany ... CCN Thought for the Week for 5th July – A Litany for 2020: St Clare’s at the Cathedral On the day that UK worship communities are finally allowed once again to meet to worship in person, we share a prayer written last month by Coventry Cathedral’s pioneer ministry, St Clare’s at the Cathedral , which seems to sum up so many of this year’s enormous issues. CCN Thought for the Week for 27th June – Kathryn Fleming, Canon Pastor at Coventry Cathedral At the end of a week of mostly blazing sunshine and soaring temperatures across the UK, Canon Kathryn touches on how the first week of reopening for private prayer (the second week for the ruins) has been at Coventry Cathedral. CCN Thought for the Week for 20th June – David White, Third Order of the Society of St Francis Unprecedented times during these Covid-19 days – and welcoming the stranger, which relates directly to World Refugee Day too, from CCN applicant the Third Order of the Society of St Francis. CCN Thought for the Week for 12th June – Vicentia Kgabe, College of the Transfiguration, South Africa Amid so much else happening globally, the Covid-19 pandemic continues to hold us all in its grip: one of our leading voices in the CCN from South Africa, the Revd Canon Dr Vicentia Kgabe, provides this week’s Thought from the College of the Transfiguration. CCN Thought for the Week for 6th June – Robert Childers, CCN USA Board President “The world, as it is at this present point in time, is unlike anything I have ever experienced. The United States of America, my home, is becoming unrecognizable to me”: a sombre reflection on these current times in the USA from Robert Childers, CCN USA Board President. CCN Thought for the Week for 31st May – Oliver Schuegraf, Chair of CCN Germany “How can we as reconcilers show our love and solidarity with our other brothers and sisters in the other parts of this one world?”
Listen as Oliver Schuegraf offers some perspectives. CCN Thought for the Week for 23rd May – Revd David Spademan, Managing Chaplain HMP Onley HMP Onley is a category C adult male prison within the Diocese of Coventry. Opened some years ago, it has an original silver plated Cross of Nails in the Chapel. In April 2016 the prison joined the Community of the Cross of Nails as a partner. We have asked Managing Chaplain, The Reverend David Spademan, ... CCN Thought for the Week for 16th May – Jeannine Friesen, CCN Canada Board secretary As the current global health and economic crises continue to affect much of humanity, there has been good news – prophetic signs, perhaps, of God’s ability to nurture hope and new life in the midst of death and suffering. Here in Canada, the air quality over our urban centres has seen a marked improvement. In ... CCN Thought for the Week for 8th May – Revd David Richardson, Royal Air Force In January of this year I was in Berlin attending the annual International Military Chiefs of Chaplaincy conference. A time when military Chief Chaplains from across the world come together to talk, discuss common issues and of course to worship.
During the conference’s main act of worship I had the privilege of carrying a Cross of ... CCN Thought for the Week for 30th April – Hanna-Lotta Lehmann, reconciliation intern An absolutely core member of our team right across the Cathedral, Hanna-Lotta, effectively finishes her internship with us today, having been recalled home a month ago due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It has been such an unmitigated joy to have her with us for just over half of the year she would have normally spent, ... CCN Thought for the Week for 25th April – Kasta Dip, India Peace Centre and CCN Asia Kasta Dip, our CCN Asia representative, is thousands of miles from his loved ones since coming to Europe for among other things a CCN meeting in Coventry in early March. He’s in isolation in Germany and still unable to return to India for the foreseeable future. Read his reflection on this here: CCN Thought for the Week for 18th April – Bert Kuipers, Chair of the CCN Netherlands Board To pray for Peace and Reconciliation is an appeal to share with each other: attention, care, means, support. Today and tomorrow. We live in a larger and wider context. CCN Thought for the Week for Easter Sunday – the Very Reverend John Witcombe “We may be full of fear – this is all so unknown….. (but) We are, always, an Easter people”: today’s sermon for Easter Sunday, in a time of lockdown. CCN Reflection for Good Friday – Mark Simmons, Chair of the CCN UK & Ireland Board Today we reflect again on Jesus’ death, from which we draw our inspiration as the Community of the Cross of Nails, in the words of Jesus from the cross: Father, forgive. CCN Thought for the Week for Saturday, 4th April – Robert Childers, CCN USA Board president GRACE AND COVID-19
It seems like everything I say these days is prefaced by, “these are strange times.” And they are. I don’t like the phrase, “the new normal”, but maybe we should just accept that right now, at this point in time, the way things are is the way they are going to be for ... CCN Thought for the Week for Mothering Sunday, 22nd March In celebration of mothering, but also – on this first, very different, Sunday in the UK – clergy. CCN Thought for the Week for 16th March – The Very Revd John Witcombe These are strange times and we need to hold one another in our prayers. Somehow the worldwide nature of the CCN seems especially precious when we are so bound together across the globe in experiencing this pandemic.
We know a great deal about hope in Coventry. Making space for hope has been the title of more ... CCN Thought for the Week for 29th February – how do we as a Community play our part in caring for the environment? How we in the CCN respond to our climate emergency today and going forward is vital….Humanity’s reconciliation with, and ongoing treatment of, God’s creation is fundamental; it underlines everything else. CCN Thought for the Week for 21st February – Revd Canon Michael Rawson, Sub-Dean of Southwark Cathedral As we hold the people of Hanau in our prayers following this week’s tragedy, we hear from another CCN partner familiar with terrorism and human destruction: “As members of the Community of the Cross of Nails we have a crucial role in bringing people together in peace and love and making our world a kinder ... CCN Thought for the Week for 13th February – 75th anniversary of the bombing of Dresden A reflection from Coventry on this 75th anniversary of the Dresden bombing of 1945: we hold Dresden in our prayers today, and give thanks for all those mutual endeavours which seek to build peace and hope out of destruction. Father Forgive. CCN Thought for the Week for 7th February – Hanna-Lotta Lehmann, Coventry Cathedral intern Our intern programme at Coventry comprises one intern, from Germany, working with us this year – we are blessed indeed to have her with us! Here Hanna-Lotta gives an insight into what brought her here and what she has learned so far. CCN Thought for the Week for 31st January 2020 – Mark Simmons, Chair, CCN UK & Ireland Board On the day the UK officially leaves the EU, some reflections on, and thanksgiving for, membership over the years, from our CCN UK & Ireland Board Chair, Mark Simmons. Thought for the Week for 24th January – from the Dean of Coventry In a few days’ time, as I write this, the United Kingdom will leave the European Union, a decision which brings great sadness to us and to our many friends on the continent. Thought for the Week for 17th January – 2020: the year ahead for the CCN Three new Crosses of Nails await blessing this Sunday for the first new CCN partners of 2020: three major churches join us in our collective reconciliation ministry at the start of another busy year! CCN Thought for the Week for 30th December – a look back at 2019 As we wish all readers a happy and healthy New Year, we take a short look back on 2019’s new partners and developments in the CCN. CCN Thought for the Week for 20th December – Dan Koski, Institute of Ecumenical Research, Romania “The Community of the Cross of Nails acts as a sort of spiritual waystation for pilgrims of faith in every sense of the word”. A wonderful message of journeying this Christmastide from our good friend and CCN partner Dan Koski. CCN Thought for the Week for 14th December – 24 years on from signing peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina On a cold day in Paris twenty-four years ago today, world leaders gathered to sign and witness the Dayton Agreement, bringing to an end the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina which had torn the country apart for nearly 4 years. Some would argue that the war had raged on and off since 1389, when the Serb and ... CCN Thought for the Week for Advent Sunday – Pullen Memorial Baptist Church Throughout Advent, CCN partner Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, is sharing daily meditations contributed by both Pullen and by their own key overseas partners. We share below the first of them, on the mutual support and opportunity that partnership brings; and we think of and pray for two very recent and very ... CCN Thought for the Week for 25th October – Bert Kuipers, Chair of the CCN Dutch Board As Brexit indecision continues, we hear from our Dutch CCN Board, from whom a number are due to join us on our Coventry CCN pilgrimage this week, about the inspiration that Coventry’s story provides in the Netherlands, in a growing sub-network that has a healthy momentum of its own! CCN Thought for the Week for 18th October – two of our former reconciliation interns, Coventry, Brexit and the future On the even of a crucial UK parliamentary vote on the Brexit deal, and a crucial couple of weeks for all of the EU, we hear from two of our recent German interns who have each had transformational placements in Coventry, about the impact of their experience of cross-border partnership and learning at Coventry Cathedral. ... CCN Thought for the Week for 11th October – “…..These things that are stronger than the forces that would drive us apart” The current turmoil in the relationship between the United Kingdom and her partners in the European Union makes the bonds of friendship we forge through organisations such as the Community of the Cross of Nails even more vital. We reflect, as the Ludwigskirche Saarbrücken, whose story closely mirrors Coventry’s own, joins the CCN. CCN Thought for the Week for 4th October – Praying for our Nation As we enter a month of extreme uncertainty in the UK, an uncertainty which stretches far across and beyond our own borders, we share here this piece offering solace by Canon Kathryn Fleming, featuring a prayer from Churches Together ‘Brexit Prayers’. CCN Thought for the Week for 27th September – Cross of Nails Sunday this Sunday We are so looking forward to this first Cross of Nails Sunday – a chance to collectively celebrate our network during worship on this one day on 29th September.
At Coventry Cathedral we shall be following a special liturgy and blessing three Crosses of Nails to go to three new partners in three different countries in ... CCN Thought for the Week for 6th September – Stacy Taylor, outgoing Coventry intern Next week is intern change time at Coventry – we say goodbye to Stacy after two eventful years of her fantastic inputs into Cathedral life, and hello to Hanna-Lotta. Here Stacy reflects on what led her here, and some of what she found, as we wish her the very best as she moves on! CCN Thought for the Week for 5th July – Guys’ & St Thomas’ Hospital Chaplaincy Team, London We were overjoyed to welcome the chaplaincy team at one of central London’s biggest and busiest hospitals to both the CCN and its new interfaith sister network, Together for Hope, this week, having spent several inspiring days with a number of the chaplains in Coventry on pilgrimage in May.
‘What do hospital chaplains know about reconciliation?’, ... CCN Thought for the Week for 3rd June – reflections on a joyous first CCN/Interfaith pilgrimage at Coventry By The Very Reverend Shane Parker, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa
Last week something new was added to the 45-year history of Coventry Cathedral’s Community of the Cross of Nails. For the very first time, a CCN pilgrimage was expressly interreligious, combining partners from both the international CCN network and the Cathedral’s new “Together for ... CCN Thought for the Week for 17th May – highlighting Cross of Nails Sunday on 29th September! Calling churches and partners across the CCN! On Sunday 29th September, and the last Sunday in September each year thereafter, we’ll be helping our worship and reconciling communities across the world to give some special focus to the CCN, to go back to why they became involved in the network, and how they can strengthen ... CCN Thought for the Week for Holy Week – solidarity with our friends in Sudan As we reach Holy Week, we hope and pray that recent events in Sudan can offer an opportunity for vision and be a forerunner for building a culture of peace. CCN Thought for the Week for 12th April – an appreciation of teamwork and friendship! We seem to be busy at Coventry with visits from various CCN partners at the moment, which is a real joy! On just one weekend last week we welcomed a visit from Neuruppin in Germany on the Friday, and on Saturday it was the turn of the Flightpath of Friendship Reconciliation, who came down from ... CCN Thought for the Week for 22nd March – Thoughts on The Knife Angel at Coventry Cathedral Until Easter, a wonderful artwork stands just below St Michael and the Devil at Coventry Cathedral: the Knife Angel, a unique memorial to the victims of knife crime, made from over 100,000 knives seized by the police in the UK. CCN Thought for the Week for 15th March – The Busmannkapelle, Dresden In this week’s Thought, read the unique and inspiring story of the latest new CCN partner to join the Community of the Cross of Nails this year. CCN Thought for the Week for 1st March – Mark Simmons, Coventry Cathedral I was privileged to be invited to speak last week at the 75th anniversary commemoration for the bombing of the city of Nijmegen. This, the oldest city in the Netherlands, is only 2 miles from the German border and was the frontline towards the end of the second World War. Like Coventry, it hides its ... CCN Thought for the Week for 22nd February – Bilton CE Junior School, Rugby, UK Bilton CE Junior School is one of our newest ICON Schools – so new they’ve not even had their Cross presented yet! But we’re so thrilled to read of their excitement at joining the ICONS network we wanted to share it here. CCN Thought for the Week for 15th February – a focus on our growing ICONS network Jen Jenkins, our new ICONS Project Officer at Coventry Cathedral, reflects on her recent visit to one of our ICON Schools, St Aidan’s Primary in Hartlepool. CCN Thought for the Week for 8th February – a focus on HOPE Africa This week’s Thought is a spotlight on the work of our lead partner in South Africa, and the work that it does. CCN Thought for the Week for 1st February – Margaret Lloyd, Coventry Cathedral “Fear and prejudice about those we do not know are often behind our divisions…It’s in our hearts that transformation must come for there to be reconciliation.” CCN Thought for the Week for 25th January – Beatrice Rummel, Plauen, Germany One of our forthcoming partners, from Plauen in eastern Germany, shares this wonderful story of historical forgiveness and rebuilding for this week’s Thought for the Week. CCN Thought for the Week for 18th January – Jack Slater, UK intern No-Deal. May’s Deal. Managed Withdrawal. People’s Vote. Irish backstop.
Brexit has introduced a whole range of new terms to our public lexicon. It would also not be unfair to say that Brexit appears to have introduced a whole new tone to our public discourse- a tone of acrimony and anger; hostility and hate. Certainly, it is ... CCN Thought for the Week for 11th January – Robert Childers, President, CCN North America board As we still get used to this new year, a few wise words about nurturing our capacity for listening, accepting, caring, forgiving or loving those who are not like us. CCN Thought for the Week for the New Year – St Michael the Archangel, Southampton One of our newest partners, St Michael the Archangel, Southampton, sends us this wonderful reflection for our New Year’s CCN Thought for the Week. With our very best wishes for peace, joy and patience in 2019! CCN Thought for the Week for 21st December – Canon Sarah’s final sermon from Coventry Cathedral Canon Sarah delivered her final sermon at Coventry last Sunday 16th December, and you can read it and her thoughts on reconcilation, Coventry and the role of each one of us to be reconcilers, here. CCN Thought for the Week for 14th December – Farewell to Canon Sarah, from all the CCN International Reps On the eve of Canon Sarah’s final weekend in Coventry as Canon for Reconciliation, the International Representatives from communities across the CCN have recorded their own personal farewells. CCN Thought for the Week for 7th December – a look back at 2018 On the eve of our final Cross of Nails presentation of this year, to the parish of Abbeydale and Millhouses in Sheffield, it’s a chance to reflect on what an incredibly busy and blessed year this has been! CCN Thought for the Week for 30th November – Coventry diocese visit to partners in Berlin Christ the King
This time last week I was in Berlin. I was privileged to be part of a group of clergy from the Diocese of Coventry visiting Cross of Nails communities in that great city. For four days we heard extraordinary stories of people working so hard to bring reconciliation to that great city. Stories ... CCN Thought for the Week for 23rd November – the USA Board At the close of Thanksgiving week, it’s a chance to look back on the recent meeting of the CCN’s USA Board at Virginia Theological Seminary earlier this month, and the change of President from Mark Pendleton to Robert Childers. CCN Thought for the Week for 9th November – the German Board Ricarda Pasch, our reconciliation intern from Germany this year, reflects on her recent visit to the CCN German board meeting. CCN Thought for the Week for 2nd November – the Netherlands CCN Board It’s CCN Board meeting season it seems! Several of the boards representing specific national memberships within the CCN are getting their members together to discuss their networks, and we’ll do a ‘Thought’ from each of them – first is the Netherlands’ Coventry Beraad. CCN Thought for the Week for 26th October – a look back on last month’s CCN International Gathering Take a look at these videos to revisit the occasion on which 65 people from across 30 or so different partner organisations came together here in Coventry for four days to spend time together, pray, sing, reflect, eat, drink, dance, listen, talk and share. A thoroughly memorable few days! CCN Thought for the Week for 19th October – Revd Canon Dr Sarah Hills A short time ago Canon Sarah revealed that she will be leaving Coventry at Christmas to follow a calling and take up a post as Vicar of Holy Island, Lindisfarne, Northumberland in the new year. CCN Thought for the Week for 12th October – ‘Journey of Hope’ reconciliation training This week’s thought carries news of a fantastic training opportunity in reconciliation taking place next year, but with applications sought in the next few weeks – a golden opportunity to learn from and with others from across the church (with apologies, this is currently for participants in the UK only).
St Michael’s House at Coventry Cathedral is delighted to be part ... CCN Thought for the Week for 23rd September – Welcome to our International Gathering attendees! We look forward hugely to welcoming a good number of our partner organisations and individuals to Coventry for our members’ gathering here on Wednesday, for four days of being together, prayer, learning, sharing, laughing, singing, and coming to sit around the table as members of our unique Community. CCN Thought for the Week for 10th August – a wrap-up on the International Youth Gathering After such a wonderful few days finishing just a week ago, we thought we’d share with you this final summing-up video, which shares the views on their experience in Coventry of a number of the young adults who came along. Watch and be inspired too! CCN Thought for the Week for 3rd August – farewell to our International Youth Gatherers! … and what a fantastic, inspiring and suitably exhausting week it’s been for our 17 youth gatherers and all of us on the organising team! Watch the daily short videos of the gathering here… CCN Thought for the Week for 29th July – the International Youth Gathering opens! It’s a grey, blustery, rainy day in Coventry, but we are looking forward to the week ahead! Bishop Peter Price, former Bishop of Bath and Wells, gives our CCN Thought for the Week this week, taken from his planned opening talk at our youth gathering this afternoon. CCN Thought for the Week for 20th July – Burundi Update! At the beginning of July, Canon Sarah and I travelled to Bujumbura in Burundi to deliver training in Reconciliation skills and to continue to strengthen our relationship with CCN partners and friends in the region.
With the Diocese of Bujumbura, we trained 40 people: 10 pastors, 10 Mothers Union representatives, 10 Youth Leaders and 10 parish ... CCN Thought for the Week for 13th July – we look forward to the International Youth Gathering in two weeks! Plans are coming together for our International Youth Gathering in two weeks’ time! We are really looking forward to welcoming our 23 visitors from South Africa, across Asia, Germany, Belarus, Poland, Georgia, the USA and the UK, for five days of learning, talking and praying together. CCN Thought for the Week for 6th July – St Martin’s Church, Coney Street, York St Martin’s, York often hosts our reconciliation interns in Coventry for a few days each year to work with their community on reconciliation projects, and is one of our most active UK partners. A dedicated peace and reconciliation centre, here they look forward to the celebration of 100 years of Nelson Mandela’s birth. CCN Thought for the Week for 29th June – Somerset College, ICON, South Africa In our second CCN Thought for the Week this year from one of our ICON schools, Somerset College in South Africa talk about their role in assisting others in the community, and how engagement alongside the giving really helps! CCN Thought for the Week for 22nd June – St Aidan’s Primary School, Hartlepool One of our newest ICON Schools, St Aidan’s Primary in Hartlepool, UK, send us our CCN Thought for the Week this week – read about their recent day of Peace and Reconciliation. CCN Thought for the Week for 15th June – Kirchenbezirks Esslingen We’re so pleased to hear from one of our recent new partners in this week’s Thought, who write of the need for peace in all of us in so many different guises, and the importance of music in this process! CCN Thought for the Week for 25th May – the Joy of Community We have just held our spring pilgrimage to Coventry – three days of sharing time and space, thoughts and prayers within this incredibly powerful place that we in the Reconciliation Ministry Team are privileged to call our place of work. CCN Thought for the Week for 18th May – two months to go until the CCN International Youth Gathering! We’re just two months away from an exciting and varied week of reconciliation in Coventry this summer for young adults (18-25) from around the world! Held from Sunday 29th July to Friday 3rd August, anyone still interested in attending, now’s the time to sign up! CCN Thought for the Week for 11th May – Flodden Peace Garden at Crookham United Reformed Church In this week’s Thought for the Week we hear from Revd Mary Taylor and the CCN’s newest partner, Flodden Peace Garden in Northumberland, on the Scottish borders, where a walking natural experience of conflict and peacebuilding has been built over the past few years. Welcome, Flodden! CCN Thought for the Week for 4th May – Tantur Ecumenical Institute, the Holy Land Just over a week ago we welcomed Tantur Ecumenical Institute into the CCN (although our links with them go back a fair few years!) – here Dan Koski shares his own story of his connection with Coventry, on behalf of Tantur, in today’s CCN Thought for the Week. CCN Thought for the Week for 27th April – St Clement Danes, London Today’s CCN Thought for the Week features a partner joining our membership this coming Sunday, 29th April, St Clement Danes in London, with a story with a number of close parallels with Coventry’s own. Next week’s Thought: Tantur Ecumenical Institute in the Holy Land, who joined the CCN this past week. CCN Thought for the Week for 20th April – the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship This week we hear from a new partner who will join the CCN tomorrow! Read about the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship’s urge for each of us to take up our Cross to make a better society in practical ways for us all. CCN Thought for the Week for 6th April – introducing Together for Hope, the CCN’s new sister organisation In this week’s CCN Thought for the Week we share the exciting news of our soon-to-be sister organisation being born! Together for Hope, which will enable groups and individuals of other faiths and none to partner with Coventry Cathedral in the same ways that Christian organisations can with the CCN, launches in Coventry in just ... CCN Thought for the Week for Good Friday, 30th March – Revd Canon Dr Sarah Hills This Good Friday we hear from Revd Canon Dr Sarah Hills, Canon for Reconciliation at Coventry, about the importance of space – often uncomfortable – for healing and for reconciliation, and reflections on her peace walk in Iraqi Kurdistan during Holy Week a year ago. CCN Thought for the Week for 23rd March – Revd Robert Childers This week we’re really pleased to hear from Revd Robert Childers, of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Tennessee, and an active part of the CCN USA Board, with his thoughts on how ready and willing actually are we for healing, as the season of Lent draws towards its close? CCN Thought for the Week for 16th March – Berkeley Divinity School at Yale In a short Thought for the Week this week, we hear some first impressions on Coventry Cathedral from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale’s visit this week. CCN Thought for the Week for 9th March – Jane Hill, Mothers’ Union Coventry and Warwickshire In this week’s CCN Thought for the Week we hear from Jane Hill, President of the Coventry branch of the Mothers’ Union and one of our loyalest UK members! Jane gives us a few words just ahead of Mothering Sunday, or Mother’s Day, in the UK this Sunday. CCN Thought for the Week for 2nd March – Cerys Smith, Reconciliation Intern at Coventry Cathedral This week as we near publicising our reconciliation internships for September 2018 onwards, we hear from Cerys Smith, one of this year’s wonderful team of three interns, who form a core part of our reconciliation team here in Coventry. CCN Thought for the Week for 23rd February – Dean John Witcombe, Dean of Coventry Cathedral For this week’s Thought for the Week we hear an edited version of Dean John’s sermon on 11th February, covering his fascinating visit to Russia earlier this month to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Stalingrad. CCN Thought for the Week for 16th February – First Baptist Church of Matanzas, Cuba This week’s Thought comes from our newest partner, who have been part of the CCN for only ten days – welcome, First Baptist Church of Matanzas! CCN Thought for the Week for 9th February – register for the CCN International Youth Gathering! Are you aged 18-25 and lit up by the prospect of learning more about reconciliation here in Coventry this summer with 40-50 others from around the globe? Taking place over 6 days, from Sunday 29th July to Friday 3rd August 2018, the CCN youth gathering provides a unique opportunity to experience Coventry Cathedral, share with ... CCN Thought for the Week for 2nd February – register for the CCN International Members’ Gathering! Registrations for the CCN International Gathering, ‘A Pilgrimage of Prayer, Theology and Practice’, are now open! From a joyous evening at the USA Board in Texas currently, three of our International Board members, Canon Sarah Hills, Mark Pendleton and Oliver Schuegraf encourage all members to consider coming to Coventry from 26th-30th September! CCN Thought for the Week for 26th January – Virginia Theological Seminary We were delighted to spend a couple of days this week on mini-pilgrimage here in Coventry with four seminarians from VTS – and so we asked them to provide this week’s Thought for the Week: hear their reflection on the power of Place, and of being present in that space in learning about reconciliation, in ... CCN Thought for the Week for 19th January – Revd Harold Schorren from the Pauluskerk, the Netherlands In our first Thought for the Week from the Netherlands we’re really pleased to hear from the Pauluskerk in Breukelen, a village located between Utrecht and Amsterdam, and after which Brooklyn in New York is named. Breukelen has seven churches of different denominations, and here Revd Harold Schorren gives us his Thought at the start ... CCN Thought for the Week for 12th January – Maite Boehm, Reconciliation Intern at Coventry Cathedral This week we hear from Maite Bohm, one of our three interns in the Reconciliation Team, who first came to Coventry as a young teenager on one of our pilgrimages and is now with us for a full year! CCN Thought for the Week for 5th January – Bishop John Stroyan, Bishop of Warwick Bishop John, the UK President of the CCN, shares with us his thoughts and what inspires him towards reconciliation. CCN Thought for the Week for 29th December – Bishop Michael Oulton, Anglican Diocese of Ontario, Canada For our final CCN Thought this year, this wonderful, moving short film, from one of our most recent new partners, gently puts into a nutshell the power of the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation and the potential of the CCN – and indeed each one of us – to take forward its message from our own ... CCN Thought for the Week for 22nd December – Revd Canon Paul Oestreicher For our Christmas Thought for the Week, we’re delighted to share Revd Canon Paul Oestreicher’s message with you. Canon Paul was a Canon at Coventry Cathedral and Director of the Cathedral’s then Centre for International Reconciliation from 1986 to 1998, and continues to work as a journalist and expert on human rights, peace, faith and ... CCN Thought for the Week for 15th December – Mark Simmons, UK CCN This week we hear from Mark Simmons, connected to the CCN previously through UK partner Cord, and very much an ongoing partner in the work both of the Reconciliation Team and CCN in the UK. CCN Thought for the Week for 8th December – Paul Maxwell-Rose, Christian International Peace Service (CHIPS) This week, as we journey deeper into the season of Advent, we hear from Paul Maxwell-Rose, Director of CHIPS, one of our partners based in the UK, who outlines why the Christmas story has so much relevance to all of our work as reconcilers, and how CHIPS today follows Christ’s example in ‘taking both sides’ ... CCN Thought for the Week for 1st December – Krizstina Giefing, Neue Mittelschule Guntramsdorf, Austria This week in our Thought for the Week we hear from Krizstina Giefing, teacher at one of the schools in our ICONS network, the Neue Mittelschule Guntramsdorf in Austria: read their inspiring example of how they have used the Coventry story in their lessons. CCN Thought for the Week for 24th November – The Very Revd Shane Parker, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa, Canada The Very Reverend Shane Parker, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa, Canada, which we were thrilled to welcome into the CCN on 5th November this year, shares his reflections on celebrating diversity in Canada. CCN Thought for the Week for 17th November – The Very Revd John Witcombe, Dean of Coventry Cathedral At the close of a week of Remembrance, as well as the anniversary of Coventry’s own bombing on 14th November 1940, our own Dean, the Very Revd John Witcombe, speaks about the power and relevance of Coventry’s reconciliation work, and the 70th anniversary of our very special relationship with Kiel in Germany, whose Nikolaikirche received ... CCN Thought for the Week for 10th November – the Most Revd and Right Hon Justin Welby In this inspiring and thought-provoking film Archbishop Justin shares his memories of his time in Coventry, its impact on his work and more general perspectives on the place of reconciliation in today’s world. CCN Thought for the Week for 3rd November – Maropeng Maholoa Maropeng Moholoa, Programmes Coordinator at HOPE Africa (a Social Development Programme of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa) and incoming Chair of the CCN South African Board, shares his thoughts on the changing environment in South Africa at the moment. CCN Thought for the Week for 27th October – Oliver Schuegraf Oliver Schuegraf, Lutheran Minister and Chair of the CCN German Board, gives us his thoughts on reconciliation just ahead of Reformation Day, 31st October, especially resonant this year in the 500th anniversary of Luther’s 95 theses. CCN Thought for the Week for 20th October – Kasta Dip Kasta Dip, Director of the India Peace Centre, which joined the CCN last November, sends us his thoughts on current events in Asia. CCN Thought for the Week for 13th October – Mark Pendleton Mark Pendleton, Chair of the CCN USA Board, gives us a quick update on the Board’s assistance efforts in Cuba since Hurricane Irma. CCN Thought for the Week for 6th October – Canon Sarah Hills Canon Sarah Hills, Canon for Reconciliation at Coventry, shares our very first ‘Thought for the Week’ and invites you to participate!