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Coventry in West Midlands, England, United Kingdom
 

Coventry Cathedral

 
 
Coventry Cathedral Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 11, 2018
1. Coventry Cathedral Marker
Inscription.
Coventry Cathedral – Living Icon of Reconciliation and Hope
In 1940 this building, together with much of the city, was destroyed by fire bombs. Resolved to live out the Christian message of forgiveness, and running counter to the feelings of most people, the Cathedral Community took steps in 1945 to follow the biblical imperative to love our enemies and become friends with those with whom they had been at war. Firm and lasting relationships were cemented and symbolised by the building of the new Cathedral which was completed in 1962. The friendships and story continue to be an inspiration and example to hundreds of communities as they emerge from their own situations of conflict.

Three mediaeval nails which were rescued from the rubble of the ruined cathedral were welded together as a "Cross of Nails". As soon as the war was over crosses were sent to the German cities of Dresden, Kiel and Berlin whose people had also suffered and where major churches had been destroyed.

By the 1970's those who had received a cross were to be found in many of the world's major conflict areas and the Community of the Cross of Nails was established. Today, CCN partners include churches, voluntary and community groups, as well as peace building and reconciliation agencies. Together they share a common commitment
Coventry Cathedral Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 11, 2018
2. Coventry Cathedral Marker
to Jesus' command to love our enemies by addressing community division, the personal, social and economic wounds of violent conflict and the alienation that arises from differences of religion, ethnicity and nationality.

CCN partners support each other in different ways. Each Friday at noon, partners use the Litany of Reconciliation - the prayer of the Community of the Cross of Nails, as a symbol of of their shared ministry.

Pullen Baptist Church was one of the first Baptist churches in the Southern region of the US to declare itself open to all people regardless of race. Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (ARSP) is a volunteer peace organisation founded in the aftermath of World War II to confront the legacy of the Nazi regime. It became a member of CCN in 1961 and has a record of sending many interns to Coventry from both Germany and Poland.
USA/Germany


Corrymeela
is People of All Ages and Christian Traditions. Who, Individually and Together Are Committed to the Healing of Social Religious & Political Divisions that Exist in Northern Ireland and Throughout the World
Ireland


St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace
London is the most cosmopolitan City in the world and, some say in history. St Ethelburga's exists to show how people of vastly different backgrounds,
Ruins of Coventry Cathedral image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 11, 2018
3. Ruins of Coventry Cathedral
cultures religions and world views can share the city's crowded space and live together.
U.K.


Bethlehem Syrian Orthodox school was built and is run with the support of the people of Coventry Diocese. It offers education to poor children of Syrian Orthodox Christian parents in Bethlehem. St George's Church in Baghdad remains the spiritual home for many of the Christians in the wartorn capital of Iraq.
Israel/Palestine

Jacaranda Farm in the Kaduna area of Nigeria teaches modern farming skills to young people from both Christian and Muslim backgrounds. Hope Africa brings hope and empowerment to people in Africa and aims to put an end to systematic poverty.
Africa

In the freedom following the downfall of communism new churches and organisations have joined the CCN as they try to mend the wounds of past conflicts and ideologies.
The mediaeval Protestant Cathedral in Dresden was destroyed by Allied bombing in1945. Rebuilt in 2005, the Bishop of Coventry preached at the re-consecration service. The motto of the Cathedral is "Peace be with you".
Eastern Europe

 
Location. 52° 24.469′ N, 1° 30.445′ W. Marker is in Coventry, England, in West Midlands. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Bayley
The Tower and Spire of Coventry Cathedral image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 11, 2018
4. The Tower and Spire of Coventry Cathedral
This structure survived the bombing and subsequent fire of November 1940.
Lane and St Mary Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in the Coventry Cathedral Ruins. Marker is in this post office area: Coventry, England CV1 5RJ, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The South Porch – Nave & Chancel – Apse (here, next to this marker); Ecce Homo (here, next to this marker); Royal Warwickshire Regiment Memorial (a few steps from this marker); St Mary’s Hall (a few steps from this marker); The Guild Chapels (a few steps from this marker); Cathedral Church of St Michael (within shouting distance of this marker); Reconciliation (within shouting distance of this marker); Service of Remembrance (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coventry.
 
Also see . . .
1. Coventry Cathedral. (Submitted on October 12, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Coventry Cathedral on Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 12, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Churches & ReligionPeace
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 12, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 12, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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