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December 14th 2023
Journey of Hope – Tensions around Faith (Module III – Reconciled to our faith)
In November our Journey of Hope cohort visited Coventry Cathedral as part of their 9 month immersive pilgrimage to places of peace and reconciliation. This module was all about what it means to be ‘reconciled to our faith’, understanding intra and inter tension and moving towards communion.
Coventry Cathedral Reconciliation has been a mark of Coventry Cathedral’s ministry since 1940 when the city and Cathedral were heavily bombed and destroyed by enemy action during World War II. In the weeks that followed, the leader of the Cathedral had the words ‘Father Forgive’ inscribed in the ruins in a commitment to the Christian message of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation both with God and other humans.
We came together to be in communion across denominations, beliefs, traditions and viewpoints, and to explore current tensions around themes of human sexuality, class & poverty, and interfaith relations – holding these conflicts in lament and prayer.
Ayla is a Pastor from Frankfurt, Germany and is spending the last part of her education at St Ethelburga’s. As a Protestant she’s interested in the relation of faith and justice and how to live in peace – with ourselves, our neighbours and the whole Creation. At some point the world’s collapsing overburdened her and and questions arose: “How can I deal with it? And what can I do for ‘a better world’?” Asking these and further questions are the nature of Ayla’s being. Spending time together with other people feeling the same urgent need to just do something is the reason why Ayla chose St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace.
She’ll support Becca and Michael in Journey of Hope with the Reconcilers Together partnership as well as creating a new offering for secondary schools to visit the Centre, including a workshop on peace-making.
In addition to that, Ayla loves football, vegan lifestyle, and political commitment, and she is looking forward to explore the city and all its sides during her (limited) time with us.
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