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Community of the Cross of Nails

Growing together in hope

We are a worldwide network of some 250 churches, charities, chaplaincies, peace-building and retreat centres, schools and other educational and training organisations, all inspired by the Coventry story of destruction, rebuilding and renewal, and active in reconciliation in our own ways.

Our partners

Our three guiding principles are Healing the wounds of history, Learning to live with difference and celebrate diversity, and Building a culture of peace. We are guided by the words ‘Father Forgive’, and we pray the Litany of Reconciliation on a regular basis.

See our CCN Partners (active partners as of July 2022) and CCN Friends (less active, more historic partners).

Today, our greatest numbers of partners are in Germany, the UK & Ireland and the USA, but we also have sizeable numbers in South Africa, Canada, the Netherlands and Central and Eastern Europe; overall, we have partners in 45 countries across five continents. Different partners may focus on political, racial, religious, social or economic reconciliation; they may address war and violent conflict, post conflict restoration or healing; their work can have broad and far-reaching, national or regional consequences, or it can seek to address local communities specifically. Partners support one another, pray for one another and share their stories with one another.

Each September we have a dedicated day of celebrating our Community on CCN Sunday - in 2022, on 25th September. It’s an opportunity for all worship communities involved with the CCN to pray together as one body in a part of their morning service, and a chance for us all to reconnect our communities with why the CCN matters, why Coventry still inspires, and where the parallels with our own stories lie. A different global region of the CCN leads each time, and produces a liturgy and short video service resource which can be used across the network in services, or followed at home: this year it will be the turn of our South African partners. The liturgy will be published here in August and the video itself, shortly before CCN Sunday.

See last year's video service led by a number of our US partners.

Read our CCN Governance Document.

Download and print our information leaflet here and/or the low res version (for reference only)

Learn more about Coventry's inspiration, from a series of interviews with former Canons for Reconciliation, here.

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Online Gatherings

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Twice a year we hold a pilgrimage over several days at Coventry Cathedral, to share stories and experiences, and to learn from and be involved in the work of our global reconciliation ministry.

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Thought For The Week

‘Thought for the Week’ aims to give a platform to share views and reflections from this community.

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News, resources and training

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Contact the CCN

If you would like to explore further how we could be of help to your church or organisation in its reconciliation work, or join us in this network, then we’d be very pleased to hear from you! Contact the Community of the Cross of Nails Co-ordinator at

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Support the CCN

All support to our ministry is very humbly and gratefully received, and all gifts help us continue to inspire those working for peace.

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