Space for hope to flourish

Since its bst-michaels-houseeginning in the dark days of war, Coventry Cathedral’s ministry of reconciliation has reached out to people, communities and countries afflicted by violent conflict.

St. Michael’s House is a dedicated space in a special place, an environment in which to nurture a fuller understanding of the challenges of reconciliation in today’s world. St Michael’s House is also the headquarters for the Church of England’s Reconciliation Ministry.

It is somewhere people can come for skills-based learning, specialist training and study alongside honest discussion and debate, theological reflection and interfaith engagement. Here we seek to inspire a new generation, equipping them to be sent out to sow the seeds of reconciliation and peace in their own communities and around the world.

We building on key partnerships with Coventry University’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, St Ethelburga’s Reconciliation Centre in London and with the Coventry Diocesan Training Partnership to provide qualifications at introductory through to post-graduate level, with an emphasis on personal development.

St Michael’s House also serves as the home of the worldwide Community of the Cross of Nails, which is made up of some 150 partners in 30 countries.

Bursary Fund

Target: £300,000

Critical to the success of St. Michael’s House is its accessibility to people from all parts of the world, including less wealthy regions. We aim to grow a five year Bursary Fund of £60,000 per year that will allow up to a third of places on the Reconciliation Leadership Forum, the Summer School and Coventry Conversations to be offered free of charge. Significant donors will have the opportunity to establish a named fund.

A place to restore

Target: £821,000 (raised £68,000 for the completion of phase 1)

The process of transforming a historic, Grade II listed building into a modern and accessible facility complete with the latest technology for learning and communication is a demanding and costly challenge. The Cathedral already has a restoration plan designed to create an interior which facilitates a relaxed, warm and welcoming space which is also highly resourced and well equipped. The development will take place over five phases, the first of which began mid-2012. Each phase is a standalone package and work will be commissioned as funds are acquired. We have also budgeted for furnishings and technology, including audio-visual and internet conferencing.

How you can help

We would be delighted if you were to join us in creating a new generation of leaders inspired to build peace through reconciliation, by contributing to the development of programmes, the Bursary Fund or the restoration of St. Michael’s House.

Although some sources are saying that Knife Angel (see here) has already arrived in Coventry, we are not expecting this amazing sculpture to be with us until the week beginning March 11th. It will be here until mid-April.