The Brothers from the Taizé Community in France are returning to the area for another “Pilgrimage of Trust across the Earth” This will be a special gathering for young adults, ages 18-35. Like all such past Pilgrimages—held around the world and last year in Chicago—the Pilgrimage will be rooted in times of Taizé Prayer, in times of learning and sharing, and in a strong experience of community.
But this Pilgrimage will also be very different, perhaps making it very special. The Oglala Lakota people who live on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota have invited Brothers from Taizé and young adults from across the country to come together there, during the Memorial Day weekend, May 24-27.
In the words of Brother John, “This will be a rare opportunity to discover a culture very different from mainstream America, with its gifts and its problems, to see what we can learn from one another, and to search together for what the Spirit is saying to us as we try to create a more human world.”
Living conditions will be very simple: participants will stay in tents on the reservation, and meals will be provided by the local people. Because of the special nature of this Pilgrimage, “adults over 35 can only be welcomed if they accompany a group of under 21s.” For more information: www.taize.fr/en_article14640.html
Pilgrimage leaders from Pine Ridge are coming to the Twin Cities Thursday, March 7, to meet with those interested in attending at All Saints Episcopal Indian Mission, 3044 Longfellow Avenue, in south Minneapolis. Light supper begins at 5:30 p.m.—then a program—then Taizé Evening Prayer at 7:30 p.m. For more information please call 612.866.8752.
The possibility of a bus from the Twin Cities to provide low cost transportation to/from Pine Ridge is being explored. If you would like to be notified when the possibility becomes a reality, please send your name and contact information (phone /e-mail) to Meghan Gage-Finn at Westminster, MGage-Finn@wpc-mpls.org
or to firstname.lastname@example.org.