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!