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 to these across the world, through various calamitous environmental and climate-related upheavals, to the global Covid-19 pandemic, perhaps no other year of late has reminded us quite how much we are all so interconnected, while simultaneously living through political and economic times where disconnect with others has perhaps never felt so acute. Yesterday, when this picture was taken in Coventry, was a very grey day, and this perhaps sums up a year which has felt so very much in limbo. Certainly in Coventry, and in the Chapel of Unity and St Michael’s House which you can see in the picture, life has been anything but normal.
Our Community is unique, and powerful in its multiplicity of voices, and on this one day we encourage you to join in with partners around the world, in praying the litany as we all do regularly, but also in seeking inspiration from others in the network, and remembering the value of the work in reconciliation that each of our partners and communities covers.
How do I take part?
- Churches can incorporate CCN Sunday into their regular Sunday service on that day (see the suggested liturgy for CCN Sunday, and the scripts of both the Dean of Coventry’s homily and the CCN UK & Ireland Board Chair’s reflection – you are welcome to use all of these, or just those parts that suit);
- Due to the pandemic and the reality that many church congregations simply are not able to meet either as usual, or at all, there is the option to watch the video service at home or how best suits your situation – we will share this on both the Cathedral’s and the CCN’s Facebook pages on the day itself alongside our Cathedral Eucharist. Those partners and schools who do not meet on Sundays – and indeed anyone! – please also use this option freely and feel free to share it on your own social media channels;
- play the video as part of your church service (advance viewing here – not for sharing until Sunday 27th September, the day itself, however, please!).
As the video explains, this year is the 80th anniversary of the bombing of Coventry on 14th November 1940, and the driver for the story of reconciliation around which Coventry and the CCN operates; therefore this year the service comes to you from Coventry Cathedral and from partners in the CCN UK & Ireland board. Next year another geographical region of the CCN will lead the service.
With our blessings from Coventry, we invite you to join us in celebration and in community!
Alice Farnhill, CCN Project Officer