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INVESTORS

IN HOPE


A PLACE

FOR

PEACE

“BLESSED ARE THE

PEACEMAKERS,

FOR THEY WILL BE CALLED

CHILDREN OF GOD.”

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Coventry Cathedral is an

extraordinary place, dedicated

to inspiring and bringing

reconciliation, hope and peace.

We are looking for those

committed to supporting this

iconic place, and enabling our

inspirational work to continue and

flourish in the years ahead.

We believe in harnessing the power of the past to build peace for the

future. Coventry Cathedral’s unique calling as a catalyst for peace and

reconciliation was born out of the Coventry Blitz in the Second World

War. Our incredible building is a living symbol of a city’s pain powerfully

transformed to build hope, embedded in the heart of a community

that suffered much but responded with courage, determination and

forgiveness. This is key to all the work we do.

The morning after the old Cathedral was destroyed by bombing, Provost

Howard stood among the ruins and made a commitment to rebuild,

saying in the following weeks, ‘hard as it may be, we are seeking to

banish all thoughts of revenge’. With the words ‘Father Forgive’ carved

deep into the stone of the ruined apse, there began a process which led

to the building of the new Cathedral alongside the ruins of the old. Since

then Coventry Cathedral has become recognised across the world as a

uniquely powerful symbol of peace and reconciliation.

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WE BELIEVE IN

HARNESSING

THE POWER

OF THE PAST

TO BUILD

PEACE FOR

THE FUTURE.

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A PEOPLE

FOR

PEACE

WE WANT TO KEEP OUR ARMS AND

DOORS WIDE OPEN –

WELCOMING ALL,

RECONCILING WITH ALL,

KEEPING FAITH WITH ALL.

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However, the Cathedral is much more than a building. It is the spiritual

home to a people of reconciliation. The Community of the Cross of Nails

takes its name from the simple cross made from nails taken from the

destroyed building, and now has over 200 partner organisations across

30 countries.

Coventry Cathedral has pioneered ways of enabling people to work

together despite their differences, working with those differences

towards a shared future. Out of the destruction we have found ways of

making friends with those who were once enemies. Standing together

with those friends – especially in Dresden and Berlin – we have been

able to help others reimagine a future in which they too can stand side by

side. Our expertise in theologically-inspired conflict resolution is sought

after locally, nationally and internationally. Our heritage and our future are

rooted in those words ‘Father forgive’.

We are open-hearted and exclude nobody from our community, with our

inclusive vision and heartfelt mission. We want to keep our arms and

doors wide open – welcoming all, reconciling with all, keeping faith with

all.

• Healing the Wounds of History

• Learning to Live with Difference and to Celebrate Diversity

• Building a Culture of Peace

These are our priorities, which are embraced by those from all faiths

and none.

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A PROCESS

FOR

PEACE

THE INSPIRATION PROVIDED BY

OUR ICONIC BUILDINGS, IS ALWAYS

NEEDED AND NEVER-ENDING

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I WANT TO CALL IT ‘NEW

COVENTRY’ AS IT WILL BE A

PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO LEARN

ABOUT RECONCILIATION,

DIGNITY AND TO VALUE

HUMAN RIGHTS.

Peace isn’t a permanent state – it has to be worked at constantly.

Reconciling individuals, communities, nations is a long process that needs

courage, resilience and above all, hope. So our work, and the inspiration

provided by our iconic buildings, is always needed and never-ending.

One of our international peace prize winners, Therese Mapenzi from the

DRC, was so moved by our work of reconciliation, and inspired by the

words, ‘Father, forgive’, that she now talks of creating transformation in

her war torn country by building a ‘new Coventry’ in the DRC. “I want

to call it ‘New Coventry’ as it will be a place for people to learn about

reconciliation, dignity and to value human rights. It’s a memorial that will

be built by the community and for the community. As the community

builds this memorial together so we can learn from each other and say

to the rest of the country that we don’t want the violence to be repeated

again here.”

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One of our CCN partners,

a military chaplaincy in the

Netherlands wrote,

“We realize how special it is to pray

the Litany in a military area. It is

extraordinary to pray for the coming

of his peaceable Kingdom, wearing

a military uniform! We wish to be

a part of the CCN as network of

Churches and Christian organisations

who share a common commitment to

work and pray for peace, justice and

reconciliation, inspired by the story of

Coventry Cathedral.”

In a recent interview, Archbishop

of Canterbury Justin Welby said,

“It’s the desire of my heart to find ways

in which we can transform destructive

violent conflict into peaceful

disagreement and diversity. So I carry

with me in my mind the image of

Christ in glory behind the high altar

at Coventry and in my heart there is

that memory of sitting in my stall at

evensong on the days before I travelled

to somewhere dangerous and difficult

feeling sick and frightened and looking

at the man standing between the feet

of Jesus – overshadowed by (despite

being unable to see) the Christ who

protected him.”

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Standing alongside the splendour of

Basil Spence’s new Cathedral, the

ruins of the old Cathedral, bombed

in 1940, are open to the public every

day. A local business woman, using

the ruins as a shortcut, and coming

across the Litany of Reconciliation

being prayed, was moved to tears and

said that, although she has no faith,

her experience of hearing the Litany in

the setting of the ruins will lead her to

rethink how she does business.

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A PARTN ER

FOR

PEACE

IN ORDER TO STAND ALONGSIDE

OTHERS, WE NEED OTHERS TO

STAND ALONGSIDE US.

Coventry Cathedral is firmly rooted in the real world. Because the real

world is often unforgiving, our inspirational presence, together with the

work and witness that flow from it, are in constant demand. But the world

is also unforgiving materially and financially. Even a building as evocative

and much-loved as ours faces maintenance concerns and money worries.

These issues are now coming to a head – which is why we are looking for

some very special people whom we’re going to call Coventry Cathedral’s

‘Investors in Hope’.

We need an additional £300,000 each year to enable us simply to keep

the doors open, the lights on, and the work and witness alive. To help us

sustain our vital work month in, month out, we are inviting our ‘Investors in

Hope’ to join our committed giving scheme.

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Every ‘Coventry Cathedral: Investor in Hope’ will automatically become

a Friend of Coventry Cathedral and receive the benefits given to

members. But much more importantly, every Investor can be confident

that they are making a really significant contribution to the life of this

extraordinary place, to the extraordinary people that work here, and to the

extraordinarily powerful process of peace and reconciliation – in the city

of Coventry, in the UK, and across the world.

A ‘Coventry Cathedral: Investor in Hope’ commits a regular monthly

payment – anything from £5 per month, with no upper limit. And through

Gift Aid the value of your contribution is, of course, automatically

increased.

Will you stand with us and be a catalyst – for peace, for reconciliation

and for hope in our communities and our world? Will you help us not only

literally to keep the lights on here, but also help us to keep being a light

to the world?

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EVEN A BUILDING

AS EVOCATIVE

AND MUCH-LOVED

AS OURS FACES

MAINTENANCE

CONCERNS AND

MONEY WORRIES.

INVESTORS IN HOPE IS OPEN TO

THOSE GIVING FROM ONLY £5.00

PER MONTH, WITH NO UPPER LIMIT.

THOSE WHO DONATE WILL RECEIVE

MANY BENEFITS, INCLUDING:

• Membership of Friends of the Cathedral

• Entry to the Cathedral for themselves and a friend at any time

without having to pay an entrance fee

• Invitations to select social and cultural activities throughout

the year.

• Regular news updates about the life and work of the cathedral

generous donations of £10,000 or above will also receive —

• Recognition throughout the Cathedral’s public presence

(the building, website and printed publications).

• Invitations to select social and cultural events throughout the

year, with the opportunity to arrange bespoke

receptions alongside the existing events programme.

• Preferential service, rates and access for booking corporate

events at the Cathedral.

GIFT AID TERMS AND CONDITIONS

To qualify for Gift Aid, you must pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax at least equal to the tax that the

Cathedral and any other charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs you donate to reclaim on your donations in the

appropriate tax year (currently 25p for each £1 given)*. Other taxes such as Council Tax and VAT do not qualify.

1. You can cancel this declaration at any time by notifying the Cathedral’s Fundraising Team.

2. If in the future, your circumstances change and you no longer pay tax on your income and capital gains equal to the tax that

the Cathedral reclaims, you can cancel your Declaration.

3. If you pay tax at the higher rate, you can claim further tax relief in your Self-Assessment tax return.

4. If you are unsure whether your donations qualify for Gift Aid tax relief, ask the Cathedral Fundraising Team or refer to help

sheet IR65 on the HMRC website at www.hmrc.gov.uk.

5. Please notify the Cathedral if you change your name or address.

*Gift Aid is linked to basic rate tax. Basic rate tax is currently 20%, which allows charities to reclaim 25p on each £1. Higher

rate tax payers can claim back the difference between basic and higher rate tax.

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COVENTRY

CATHED RAL

INVESTORS IN HOPE

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR DECIDING TO

STAND WITH US AND SUSTAIN US AS AN

ICON AND CATALYST FOR PEACE, FOR

RECONCILIATION AND FOR HOPE. PLEASE

COMPLETE THIS FORM TO RECORD YOUR

PLEDGE, SO WE CAN KEEP YOU INFORMED

ABOUT OUR ON-GOING WORK.

I am a

business

individual

Name/Business Name

Address & Postcode

Phone Number (optional)

Email Address

I pledge to make a gift of

monthly

yearly

Commencing

To setup your own standing order:

HSBC, 55 Corporation Street, Coventry CVI IQJ

Account: Coventry Cathedral Account No: 20248673 Sort Code: 40 - 18 -17

Please keep me

in touch by:

email post phone

Signed & date

I am a UK tax payer

Signed & date

GIFT AID (for individuals only )

If you are a UK tax payer the Cathedral can claim an extra 25p from the Government for

every £1 you donate and no extra cost to you (only applies to individuals).

By confirming, you acknowledge that you have read the terms on the previous page,

and that if you pay less income tax and/or capital gains tax than the amount of Gift Aid

claimed on all my donations in that tax year, it is my responsibility to pay the difference.

if you would like to ask us to set up your regular gift with your bank,

please request a standing order form from the address below

Once completed, please return to:

Fundraising Department, Coventry Cathedral, 1 Hill Top, Coventry, CV1 5AB

Individuals may also sign up online by going to http://tiny.cc/ihform


Our bank details for bank payments or to set

up a standing order:

HSBC Bank, Coventry City Branch.

Name: Coventry Cathedral

Sort Code: 401817

Account no. 20248673

Thank you very much for your support!

Please return this form when completed to:

Fundraising Department,

Coventry Cathedral,

1 Hill Top,

Coventry

CV1 5AB

Cover photo of Coventry Cathedral from

‘The English Cathedral’

published 2012 by Merrell Publishers

Image Credit Peter Marlow/Magnum Photos

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