The medieval church of St Ethelburga's in Bishopsgate, one of the oldest buildings in the City, was originally built in the 15th century.
It was one of the few City churches to escape the Fire of London and also survived the Second World War unscathed. In 1993 it was almost completely destroyed by an IRA bomb, and was rebuilt and opened in 2002 as a centre for reconciliation and peace, transforming this act of terror into a symbol of hope.
Allchurches Trust is putting £67,900 into a two-year training programme to be run by St Ethelburga’s in partnership with four other Christian reconciliation centres across England and Northern Ireland
Emerging Christian leaders will be trained as “peacemakers” and transform their churches into ‘reconciliation hubs’, inspiring a growing movement of people with the skills to resolve tensions and conflicts within church congregations, within wider society and between different communities.