Madrid 2018

Programme of Workshops

During the European meeting in Madrid, workshops on different topics will be proposed during the afternoons of Saturday, December 29 and Sunday, December 30. The places will be included in the meeting booklet.

Saturday, December 29

  • Silence and personal prayer. Possibility to be listened to and to receive the sacrament of reconciliation
  • Make room for Christ in our lives: conversation on prayer with Cardinal Osoro, archbishop of Madrid, and Brother Alois of Taizé.
  • Can we heal from our inner divisions? Reflections on the Philokalia, a compilation of ancient spiritual texts from the Eastern Orthodox tradition, with a Taizé brother.
  • "It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs" (Jesus of Nazareth). The early Christians’ experience of hospitality. Bible reflection with a Taizé brother.
  • Invent with your God the future he gives to you - how to make choices in life?
  • "Image of God, image of man": a meditation on the Christian faith through icons. With Father Andrey Kordochkin of the Russian Orthodox Church.
  • "A heart wide open like the sands of the sea." Discovering the life of Teresa of Avila, mystic and reformer of the Spanish golden age, with Inmaculada Gonzalez Villa and a Taizé brother.
  • A breath of life from the East: songs and experiences of Christians from different countries of the Arab world.
  • Can religion promote peace in the world? Conversation between Jewish, Christian and Muslim women
  • ¿Los cuentos pueden ayudarnos a reconciliarnos con nuestra historia? Presentación de la cuenta cuentos Ana Garcia Castellano y de su trabajo. Only in Spanish.
  • Small provisional communities: living for a month with three or four others in a neighborhood to share its life, pray and take part in acts of solidarity.
  • The spirituality of Christians in politics. How to participate? What paths to take?
  • A welcoming church in the city centre: Father Angel with the excluded
  • “You cannot serve both God and money.” Is an economy according to the Gospel imaginable? Meeting with the economist Enrique Lluch Frechina
  • "I was in prison and you came to see me" (Mt 25:36). Discovering prison ministry.
  • Encountering God in the most vulnerable. Meeting with the Faith and Light Movement and the spiritual family of Charles de Foucauld
  • A wellspring of life for all? The politics and economics of water in the world. With Alberto Gonzalez, a specialist on questions of water.
  • Europe: besieged fortress or home where all peoples meet? An exchange with the group “IXE – Initiative of Christians for Europe.”
  • ¿Los cuentos pueden ayudarnos a reconciliarnos con nuestra historia? Presentación de la cuenta cuentos Ana Garcia Castellano y de su trabajo. Only in Spanish.
  • Understanding the universe, trusting in God. How is faith related to science?
  • Going back to the roots: discover the beauty of faith through art and the history of Madrid. A visit to "Los Jerónimos" with volunteers of "Living Stones."
  • The transfiguration of pain: a practical workshop with volunteers of "Living Stones" on a mosaic by Marco Rupnik.
  • Sports and human values: meeting with the sports organization for social inclusion "The Dragons of Lavapiés."
  • Flamenco religious music sung by the choir “Blanca Paloma”
  • The Prado Museum: an itinerary of art and beauty
  • Finding God in contemporary art? Discovering some artworks and visit to the Museum of Modern Art Reina Sofia.

Sunday, December 30

  • Silence and personal prayer. Possibility to be listened to and to receive the sacrament of reconciliation
  • Can we heal from our inner divisions? Reflections on the Philokalia, a compilation of ancient spiritual texts from the Eastern Orthodox tradition, with a Taizé brother.
  • "It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs" (Jesus of Nazareth). The early Christians’ experience of hospitality. Bible reflection with a Taizé brother.
  • Invent with your God the future he gives to you - how to make choices in life?
  • God, the welcoming host or the almighty judge? In hopeless and painful situations, which images of God can prevail? Meeting with Katharina Opalka, young Protestant theologian.
  • "When it suffers the heart is saved; it begins to live again." The faith journey of Miguel de Unamuno (1864-1936), poet and philosopher, with Miguel Ángel Malavia Martínez and a Taizé brother.
  • A breath of life from the East: songs and experiences of Christians from different countries of the Arab world.
  • ¿Los cuentos pueden ayudarnos a reconciliarnos con nuestra historia? Presentación de la cuenta cuentos Ana Garcia Castellano y de su trabajo. Only in Spanish.
  • An invitation to discover the “rainbow nation” of South Africa; introduction to the Pilgrimage of Trust in Cape Town, September 25-29, 2019.
  • The spirituality of Christians in politics. How to participate? What paths to take?
  • A welcoming church in the city centre: Father Angel with the excluded
  • “You cannot serve both God and money.” Is an economy according to the Gospel imaginable? Meeting with the economist Enrique Lluch Frechina
  • Human trafficking, silent slavery? How can we respond?
  • Forced human mobility: what is our response? Meeting with people involved with migrants and refugees.
  • Christians faced with climate change and care for our common home
  • Europe: besieged fortress or home where all peoples meet? An exchange with the group “IXE – Initiative of Christians for Europe.”
  • Understanding the universe, trusting in God. How is faith related to science?
  • Going back to the roots: discover the beauty of faith through art and the history of Madrid. A visit to "Los Jerónimos" with volunteers of "Living Stones."
  • The transfiguration of pain: a practical workshop with volunteers of "Living Stones" on a mosaic by Marco Rupnik.
  • Sports and human values: meeting with the sports organization for social inclusion "The Dragons of Lavapiés."
  • The Prado Museum: an itinerary of art and beauty

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