Report from Atlanta Pilgrimage

Photo is of Br. John and Br. Emile of Taize at the tomb of MLK, Jr.

We had a wonderful week of prayer and conversations with Br. John and Br. Emile in early October. So grateful for everyone who came out and traveled the pilgrimage road to new places in our city. People came from North Carolina, South Georgia and Tennessee. What a hopeful time of prayer and blessing.

The brothers came to support those who have been gathering for prayer in our city over the past 25 years and to broaden and deepen our connections with one another and with the greater work of the Taizé Community in their efforts to build peace and reconciliation around the world. 

We had three great evenings of prayer and conversation on themes of Pilgrimage, Trust and Hospitality at Central Pres, the Cathedral of St. Philip and St. Thomas More. A bit of excitement was an 11th hour power outage at St. Thomas More. Many thanks to First Christian Church – just down the street – to opening their doors and making it work! A truly ecumenical effort.

During the day, the brothers visited places of hope and met people of hope. They led a bible study at Covenant House Atlanta with homeless youth, and visited Memorial Drive Ministries, learning about a phenomenal and creative partnership in Clarkston between a church and several non-profits seeking to help refugees and immigrants. They met with young adults doing service and study and one evening had dinner with the L’Ache Atlanta community. They also made contacts with young orthodox and priests in the city for a pan-orthodox national gathering.

They made their own pilgrimage to the King Center and Martin Luther King, Jr’s tomb. Finally, on Saturday morning they led a small workshop with alumni of the Youth Theology Initiative and Candler students and staff. 

We are encouraging people to consider making their own pilgrimage to Taizé in France! A visit is a wonderful, faith-renewing experience during which you meet the world in one place and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Christian faith lived in a parable of communion. 

If you took any photos during this weeks events – please message this page. We would love a couple of pictures of the prayer spaces. 

blessings all,
Lisa and Co.

Alert: last minute venue change for Taize event tonight

Alert! Tonight the prayer had to be moved due to a power outage to the church. It will be just down the street from St. Thomas More at:

First Christian Church of Decatur.
601 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, Georgia 30030

Please park on the street, or at the post office or up at St. Thomas More on the street. There will be people with signs.

We will allow extra time for people to find their way.

Thank you for your patience! This space will be even better for our prayer!

A Taizé Pilgrimage of Trust in Atlanta

Join two brothers from the ecumenical Taizé Community for evenings of prayer and reflection about building hope and reconciliation in the human family. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Central Presbyterian Church, Rand Chapel

7:30 P.M. – Taizé Prayer Service followed by welcome of Br. John and Br. Émile

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip

7:00 P.M. – Conversation in the Gould Room: “Taizé and Hospitality”

8:00 P.M. – Taizé Prayer Service, Mikell Chapel

Thursday, October 3, 2019

St. Thomas More Catholic Church

7:00 P.M.  – Conversation in the main church: “Pilgrimage and Building Trust”

8:00 P.M.  – Taizé Prayer Service

For reflection, we will be using the Taizé 2019 pamphlet on hospitality.

For more event info: www.taizeatlanta.me. Questions? Contact: Lisa Persons.

Not familiar with the Taizé Community in France? Explore: www.taize.fr.

The pilgrimage of trust is first of all a meeting; with the Risen Christ and with others. Thanks to the times of prayer together, we make ourselves available for God. Through sharing and hospitality, everyone agrees to overcome barriers and differences in order to welcome and enrich one another.”

All are welcome!

Taizé Brothers coming in Fall 2019

Two brothers, Br. John and Br. Émile, will visit us for a few days the first week of October 2019. They will come for a few prayers and meetings with people in Atlanta and we look forward to having a small Pilgrimage of Trust involving three churches. The brothers travel in the US for certain parts of the year, having prayers and retreats with young adults and churches in different parts of the country. They have not been to Atlanta in many years and we look forward to welcoming them! Please see the website for more details here.

Brother Émile

Brother John

September 11 Prayer Cancelled

Due to Hurricane Irma and the official “State of Emergency” in the state of Georgia with it’s expected tropical storm force winds Monday night, we will be staying home and staying safe. Keep all those in your prayers who are experiencing the stress of this storm.

If you wish to listen to podcasts of recent prayers in Taizé you can scroll down and find them on the Taizé website here.

Here is a prayer from Br. Alois, Prior of Taizé:

You bless us, Lord Christ, us and those you entrust to us. Keep us in the spirit of the beatitudes: joy, simplicity, and merciful love.

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St. Bart’s prayer on September 11

On Monday, September 11, the Taizé prayer at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church will meet in a different place on campus at 8:00 for just this month. Follow signs down the hill to Amerson House Spirituality Center in the lower left corner of the parking lot, next to Toco Hills Community Ministry house. Amerson House is a lovely space and we look forward to praying with you there! The Congregation Bet Haverim will be meeting in the Nave and there is no other room in the inn up at the church! This will be our future overflow space when there are unavoidable conflicts up at the church. IMG_4283.JPG

Interested in going to St. Louis for the Pilgrimage of Trust?

17814395_1436929359715571_9197697681962604479_oSoyini recently traveled for a week in Taizé and has the following words:

I have just come back from a truly magical week in Taize. I’d encourage anyone who has been attending services to go to the community and see how it all started and witness the amazing work the brothers continue to do.

For anyone who is interested, I’m planning to go to the pilgrimage of trust in St. Louis. Let’s organize! 

You can contact us through this site or the Facebook page if you are interested in going.

No Cathedral prayer on the Monday after Easter

We welcome you to our monthly facilitated Labyrinth Walk from 7:00 – 8:00 & followed by the Taize Service at 8:00 in the Mikell Chapel at the Cathedral of St. Philip on the 3rd Monday of every month. Every month we gather to walk this journey with others to seek a deeper meaning in our lives.

 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Monday – Cathedral Closed – NO facilitated Labyrinth Walk or Taize Service

Blessings on your path.

Cathedral of St. Philip
2744 Peachtree Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30305

www.stphilipscathedral.org

 

Registration open! St. Louis Pilgrimage

St. Louis, March 20th 2017

Dear Friends,

We write to you from St. Louis, where we arrived just a few days ago. In just over two months from now (May 26-29) our Pilgrimage of Trust will begin.

In actual fact, it’s already started. Many people in St. Louis have already entered into the spirit of the Pilgrimage. Since last September there have been “evenings of trust” all over the city and region: times of prayer followed by conversation on what is required in order to build trust. Many more of these evenings will take place in the coming weeks.

An article that appeared recently in the “St. Louis Post-Dispatch” will give you an idea of some of the expectations and hopes that we have heard in the last months:

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/columns/tony-messenger/messenger-unity-sparked-by-jewish-cemetery-vandalism-sets-stage-for/article_86d17247-ebd8-5b96-9164-e3a6108ca054.html

St. Louis University, which will host the Pilgrimage, is providing us with some wonderful spaces for the prayers that will be at the heart of our Memorial Day weekend. On Saturday afternoon, there will be a number of inspiring workshops on social questions, art, music and the spiritual life. Here are few examples:

“Faith Lessons Learned in Ferguson” (led by Rev Starsky Wilson, who was the co-chair of the Ferguson Commission) and who continues to play a major role in the search for justice and change in StTa. Louis.

“Holding Up Your Corner: Talking About Race in Your Community”, led by Pastor Willis Johnson, and by Nicki Reinhardt-Swierk from the Center for Empowerment. Both are in Ferguson.

“Gospel without words”: with a mime artist.

The “Walk of Trust” through part of the city on Sunday afternoon will involve people of all generations and backgrounds.

Registration is now open: www.pilgrimageoftruststl.com

The cost (45 US dollars, meals included, except dinner on Friday evening) has been kept as low as possible. We encourage you to register in April and to get the word out to others.

The Pilgrimage of Trust in St. Louis connects well with the theme that is at the heart of all the weekly meetings at Taizé in 2017: “Together, Opening Paths of Hope”.

We are grateful for the opportunity to search “together” with you on ways to do this today.

Hoping to see you in St. Louis.

Brothers John and EmileTAIZE2016