As excitement mounts in Coventry about finally reaching the launch date of Coventry’s UK City of Culture year this weekend, from this Monday we’ll be highlighting through the twelve months the linkages that many outside organisations have with the city via Coventry Cathedral’s own partnerships around the world through the Community of the Cross of Nails.

In terms of active partners, there are currently in the region of 250 across the CCN, and growing! even as we all emerge from Covid-19 – that’s one approximately every weekday. Our intern this year, Josefine – herself on placement with us because of the existence of the much-valued CCN partnership with ARSP – has scheduled a partner to each weekday over the next twelve months, on anniversary days or significant dates where we can, and we’ll be highlighting – very briefly – that partner on our facebook page and also by brief mention at the midday litany at the Cathedral. For those without Facebook access, we’ll publish regularly a monthly booklet of all partners featured as a viewable pdf on our website.

While UK City of Culture is a cause for optimism and celebration in Coventry, we’re otherwise in the midst of anything but certain or, for many, safe and secure times. Around the world, and in our own communities and back yards, life is hard for very many of us, and having worked with this wonderful network now for five years, I never cease to be inspired and encouraged by the breadth of commitment and adherence to our core principles – healing the wounds of history, learning to live with difference and celebrating diversity, building a culture of peace – by each and every one of our partners. From the very smallest faith communities and charities to those in very high profile city centre locations or with high levels of public awareness, each is working tirelessly to reconcile their community needs in really difficult times.

The year will finish with the 60th anniversary of the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral building, and a chance to reflect again on the renewed hope and life that this building represents to so very many of us. Over the year that leads to the 25th May 2022, we hope that featuring our partners in this way will remind others of the breadth of the network’s partner base, and help us all reflect on unity and community.

With our blessings, and our thanks to each and every partner as we journey forwards together. Meanwhile, for those wanting to know what’s happening on the cultural side of things, all you need to know is here: Home – Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 (coventry2021.co.uk) – enjoy!

Alice Farnhill
CCN Co-ordinator

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CCN Thought for the Week for 15th May – welcome, Coventry UK City of Culture year!
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