In co-operation with the local churches of the city, the Taizé Community led a young adult gathering in Birmingham, 28 April - 1 May, 2017 called Hidden Treasure. Speakers included Brother Alois, Dr Rosalee Velloso-Ewell of the World Evangelical Alliance and Dr Rowan Williams.
On Saturday, a separate group for 16-18 year olds took place. The gathering provided the chance to explore and celebrate some of the hidden treasures of shared faith; those found in scripture and prayer and those found in the many concrete acts of solidarity being taken by Christians on behalf of those around them, often the most disadvantaged. The event was attended by those across the UK and Europe, with groups from London, Bristol, Glasgow and even a group from Finland.
You can find out more about what happened at the gathering in Birmingham here.
The BBC recorded parts of the event which can be found at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08vxj40
Opening paths of hope in Taize
Soon, UK groups, several of them from areas near recent terrorist attacks, will be arriving for a week in Taizé. One of the priests from a church very close to the burnt-out Grenfell Tower has written saying, “I cannot tell you how much the prayers of your community mean to me. The situation is becoming very volatile.” The unsettled situation in Britain means these weeks of summer meetings in Taizé will aim to “open paths of hope - in ourselves, around us and for the whole human family”, as brother Alois writes in his letter this year. There are two weeks coming up in Taizé, so please feel free to get involved: