Brief news from Taizé in Birmingham
The latest people to become involved in the Hidden Treasure weekend are a group from the Catholic dioceses of Paisley and Galloway (Scotland), and also the Birmingham Chinese Methodist Fellowship.
The deadline for registrations has been fixed for 9 April 2017. There are so far, almost exactly 600 registrations, with participants speaking over 30 different languages. Nearly 10% of the participants speak Polish as well as English.
Dr. Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, will join us for the latter part of the meeting - on Sunday and Monday. He will speak during the Sunday evening prayer.
In Taizé itself, between Easter and the Birmingham Meeting, we shall be welcoming Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. The Patriarch, widely regarded as the spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians will visit on Tuesday 25 April.
In an article on Meeting Christ in the discarded, Sam Ewell shares the background to a workshop which will be part of the One Day Programme for 16-18 year-olds.
In the Methodist/URC Church at Carrs Lane a “Hidden Treasures Exhibition” will display material about local groups working for a better world, and from those leading workshops. The information point and press centre, a Taizé bookshop, and a café (run by the Real Junk Food Project) will also be there.
In ten neighbourhoods of Birmingham, local teams are preparing to host participants. In the city-centre, a hot meal will be distributed on Friday evening, and Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes.
In Sheffield Cathedral, there will be a Lenten Prayer on Monday, 3 April.
In Taizé itself, among the new groups we look forward to welcoming this summer is the ecumenical pilgrimage from Birmingham led by Bishop David McGough (assistant bishop in the Catholic Archdiocese) and Bishop Anne Hollinghurst (suffragan bishop in the Anglican Diocese).
Visit the Taizé Birmingham website for more information.