Mothers' Union admitted to The Community of Cross of Nails
In a poignant service held in the chapel at Mothers’ Union’s headquarters in Westminster, the 143-year-old organisation was admitted as a partner to The Community of the Cross of Nails (CCN).
Worldwide President, Lynne Tembey, received the cross from Revd Canon Sarah Hills, who oversees the CCN’s Reconciliation ministry team, based at Coventry Cathedral.
“It is a great honour to receive the Cross of Nails and to be partners in a worldwide network of peace builders,” said Lynne. “Being a part of the Community of the Cross of Nails affirms who we are at our core – a movement of men and women contributing to peace and reconciliation at all levels, from the fellowship of friendship over a cup of tea to conflict zones, Mothers’ Union members embody the spirit of what the Cross of Nails is all about.”
After the cross was formally received, it was passed around congregation. The cross, which now stands on the altar in the chapel at Mary Sumner House, home to Mothers’ Union, is made up of three large nails and at its base is written, “Father Forgive”.
The Community of the Cross of Nails is a worldwide network of 200 churches, peace-building centres and educational and training organisations, inspired by the Coventry story of destruction, rebuilding and renewal.
In her address, during the service, Revd Canon Sarah Hills said, “Your members are on the frontline of peace-making. The work you do is about peace. It is your work and we thank you.”
Photo: MU Worldwide President Lynne Tembey receives the cross from Revd Canon Sarah Hills