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Reconciliation and Rotherham: A Cross of Nails?
Reverend Jane Nattrass and Alan Billings

  • Thursday 15 June 2017, 7.30PM to 9.00pm
  • Free admission
    No booking required
  • All Saints, Pavement (map)
  • Wheelchair accessible

Event details

Finding a cross in a church is not unusual but the Cross of Nails has a story to tell - of a worldwide community working for reconciliation. The community was formed following the bombing of Coventry Cathedral in World War II. St Martin, Coney Street has strong links with Marienkirche in Lubeck as partners in the community. York plays its part.

Reverend Jane Nattrass and Alan Billings, Police Commissioner for South Yorkshire, explore the story and ask if reconciliation is possible in light of the sex exploitation scandal in Rotherham.

A Cross of Nails hangs in St Martin, Coney Street. This will be taken to All Saints Pavement as a symbol of peace and reconciliation. Find out more about the Community of the Cross of Nails at

About the speakers

The Reverend Canon Dr Alan Billings is an Anglican priest who is currently the elected Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire. He has been a parish priest and academic as well as being active in politics.

The Reverend Jane Nattrass is Priest-in-Charge of seven of York’s City Centre Churches. She is chair of the Community of the Cross of Nails at St Martin, Coney Street, York.

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