In cooperation with the local churches of the city, the international and interdenominational Taizé Community will be leading a young adult gathering in Birmingham over the Early May Bank Holiday weekend, 28 April - 1 May, 2017.
A regular common prayer for all participants will be at the heart of the weekend. Brother Alois, prior of the community, will speak at some of the evening prayers.
In 11 host neighbourhoods of the city, people of different churches are working in teams to prepare accommodation and the morning programme for participants. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, there will be workshops, forums and visits, on a wide variety of subjects.
Inside the Serbian Orthodox Church in Bournville, Birmingham
In the wake of a number of international events which have underlined divisions in our societies, we wish to celebrate the beauty of the commitment lived out by many Christians and others of goodwill. With very humble means they contribute to the building up of trust and community, and point to another future. We also want the meeting to give confirmation to those whose commitments are discreet or hidden, encouraging them and renewing their joy. Birmingham is a particularly young and ethnically diverse city: a good place to undertake this.
Therefore there is an “appeal” attached to the invitation to participate:
Bring a Hidden Treasure with you!
In our world of deep divisions, we ask the participants in Hidden Treasure to put into practice some new action of friendship or solidarity, and to bring this experience with you to the meeting.
... “bring it with you”: possibly in order to share it with others during the discussions, but possibly primarily to confide it in prayer when we gather in the churches over the weekend.
The meeting is being held with the encouragement of the presidents of Birmingham Churches Together, Archbishop Bernard Longley, Bishop David Urquhart and Reverend Ian Howarth. Support has also been expressed by other Church leaders.
To support the weekend financially, please see the page of UK Pilgrimage of Trust Fund