The Community of the Cross of Nails

CCN is a worldwide network of some 260 churches, charities, chaplaincies, peace-building and retreat centers, schools and other educational and training organizations, all inspired by the Coventry Cathedral story of destruction, rebuilding and renewal, and active in reconciliation in our own ways.

Our three guiding principles are Healing the wounds of history, Learning to live with difference and celebrate diversity, and Building a culture of justice and peace. We are guided by the words “Father Forgive,” and we pray the Litany of Reconciliation on a regular basis. You can join partners across the world praying the litany once a month together on zoom, on either the first Friday of the month, led by our German partners at midday CET (6am Eastern Time), or the third Tuesday, led by our North American partners at midday Eastern Time.  Contact Alice Farnhill if you’d like the link details to join in.

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Monthly Litany of Reconciliation Gatherings

Join us on the third Tuesday of each month to hear a reflection on recent reconciliation work from our partners in Canada and the United States, and to pray the Litany of Reconciliation.  We gather on Zoom and livestream to our Facebook page.  If you’d like to join the Zoom meeting contact the Rev. Robert Childers.   You are also very welcome to follow the livestream and participate that way if you prefer.


Reflections from the CCN International Gathering, May 2023

In May 2023, CCN partners from around the world gathered at Coventry Cathedral for four days for sessions exploring the theme “Making all things new”: Reconciliation and the next 60 years.”  Click here for the sessions listing.  Below are reflections from some of our US and Canadian partners on their experience at the gathering.

The Rev. Michael Shapcott, Executive Director of the Sorrento Centre in British Columbia & Board Chair of CCN  Canada, reflects on his visit to Coventry thus far following his presentation at the CCN International Gathering on May 25, 2023.
Ian McPherson, minister at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC, reflects on the discussions around justice and reconciliation that have taken place at this year’s CCN International Gathering.
The Rev. Canon Mary Gregory, Canon for Arts & Reconciliation at Coventry Cathedral, reflects on her first CCN International Gathering and what stood out to her.
The Rev. Robert Childers, board president of CCN USA, shares what this year’s CCN International Gathering reminded him about reconciliation.