Bradford Cathedral

Coat of Hopes

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Discover ‘The Coat of Hopes’ in the West End tower space of Bradford Cathedral.

The coat will arrive on the evening of Friday 7th June at the start of the ‘Tree of Life’ concert, and will be available to view during our usual opening hours of Monday – Saturday from 10am – 4pm, and around services, from Saturday 8th June – Saturday 29th June*.

Alongside the Coat of Hopes, there will be information boards giving more details about the piece, as well as a chance to watch a 10-minute video introducing the Coat and its work.

Bradford Cathedral is working with Shine, West Bowling – a mission partner – to display this powerful piece.

After this time, the Coat will travel to Haworth Parish Church (a patronage church of the Cathedral), and all are invited to walk with the coat on this journey.

*The ‘Coat of Hopes’ will be taken into schools and community groups in Bradford over the three weeks. If you are planning to visit to see the Coat, please check ahead with the Cathedral to confirm that it is on display.

The Coat of Hopes is an extraordinary, community created patchwork coat made up of over 600 blanket patches, each made to carry the griefs, remembrances, prayers and/or hopes of a person or group for the place where they live in the face of climate and ecological breakdown.

Starting out blank, patches were sewn into the Coat on its way – worn and walked from the south coast of England to COP 26 in Glasgow in 2021. A 9 week “pilgrimage” – with the sacred destination being the coming together of world leaders to make commitments towards a liveable future on Earth.

The Coat is always accompanied by its song, which declares its work and is sung each time a new person wears the Coat. Over 900 people wore the Coat on that original journey, and at least as many again have worn it since then.

Following that original journey, since the end of July 2023, the Coat has been on a (very slow) permanent pilgrimage, with the sacred destination now being each person encountered on the way.

It has travelled across Scotland and up the west of England, it is now travelling (roughly) down the east of the country.

The Coat recently completed the “leg” between Edinburgh to York, and will set off from the Friargate Quaker Meeting House to Bradford Cathedral. The Coat has been worn, and walked over 1500km to date.

The Song of the Coat of Hopes

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Monday, June 17, 2024 @ 10:00 to
Saturday, June 29, 2024 @ 16:00

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