Pullen’s Cross of Nails Reconciliation Fellowship would like to share these updates on recent and upcoming events in the CCN international network. Since 1978, Pullen has been a part of this community of organizations and individuals who see reconciliation at the heart of their ministries. (For historical information, see this 2014 post: http://www.pullen.org/2014/11/14/working-for-peace-reconciliation-40-years-later/)
- Board meeting, CCN-North America. On Dec. 1–3, 2016, Erin Newton attended the annual meeting of the board of directors of CCN–North America, held at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA. This gathering always involves enlightening exchanges about reconciling work in our home communities and at CCN partners across the globe. VTS received a cross of nails in a service in the campus chapel on Friday while the board was present.
- New board member(s). CCN-NA board members are expected to aid in succession planning. The board especially wants to retain a Pullen representative because of our long involvement. Erin has been serving since 2006 and would like to invite some additional faces. Is there a “buddy” out there who would be willing to attend the 2017 meeting with her, with the option of serving on the board in the future? Prior knowledge about Coventry or CCN is not required (we can teach you), and the duties are not onerous. Communicating within the North American network is the primary goal.
- Pilgrimages to Coventry. A previous Pullen News mentioned opportunities for adults to participate in pilgrimages organized by staff and interns at Coventry Cathedral. Several Pullenites attended a similar and very meaningful event in 2012. The pilgrimages involve reconciliation-focused workshops, study, field trips, and interaction with other international participants. From the flier: “Come and join partners in the Community of the Cross of Nails from around the world, share stories of reconciliation and healing, and rediscover the unique and timeless experience of Coventry Cathedral.” Dates for two pilgrimages in 2017 are May 23–26, register by May 1 at www.coventrycathedral.org/uk/ccn2/pilgrimage; and Oct 3–6 (https://covreconciliation.typeform.com/to/sPm2lz). Plans are also under way for an international gathering in Coventry in September 2018 to commemorate the centenaries of the commissioning of the parish church as a cathedral in 1918, and the end of WWI. We have not formally organized a group of Pullen pilgrims because the 2017 events are well planned for “self-service” travel, but we would like to know if there is interest for 2018.
- Visitor from Coventry. Canon for Reconciliation Sarah Hills is planning to journey to the United States in the first half of 2017, and visiting Pullen is on her wish list. She is one of six canons whose interviews appear in a video that was screened at Pullen on Wednesday, Feb. 22 (also available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b0HhygYx7k; 47 minutes). We will keep you posted as her plans become more firm.