In thinking about the need for reconciliation in our world, I know that it really has to begin in churches. This reminded me of an organization called "Community of the Cross of Nails" which was founded in 1967 by the Very Reverend H.C.N. Williams at Saint Michael's Cathedral in Coventry, England. Here's an excerpt from this entry in An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church by Don Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum (New York: Church Publishing Incorporated, 2000) p. 113:
"Provost Williams had been inspired to create a ministry of reconciliation after the medieval Saint Michael's Cathedral in Coventry was destroyed by German Bombers in 1940. A priest going through the ruins put together three nails in the form of a cross; this cross was to become the unifying symbol of the Community of the Cross of Nails. CCN centers have been established in cathedrals, churches, hospitals, and religious communities throughout the world. They display a silver cross of nails, work on projects of reconciliation, meet in foyer groups, and pray according to a Common Discipline . . ."
You get the picture -- "Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me."
The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek