We are hosting a week-long pilgrimage to the Taizé Community in the Burgundy region of France. The Taizé Community is made up of over 100 brothers from all Christian traditions, coming from around 30 different nations. Pilgrims who visit Taizé share this international flavor. Over the years, young adults have been coming to Taizé in ever-greater numbers; they come from every continent to take part in weekly meetings.
While in Taizé, participants will worship three times daily at the Church of the Resurrection, attend Bible studies and do chores as part of the community life of Taizé. We will share in the life and rhythms of a thriving ecumenical monastic community.
We will depart from Omaha on May 22, 2020, arriving in Paris, France, the morning of May 23, 2020. While in Paris, we will explore the Latin Quarter and tour Notre Dame. After spending the night in a Parisian Hotel, we will travel by high-speed train to the Burgundy Region, where after a short bus trip, we will arrive in the Taizé Community.
We will return to Omaha on June 1, having spent a full week (Sunday through Sunday) in Taizé.
The cost of this pilgrimage will be $725 + airfare (budget around $1,500 for flight) and includes train tickets, hotels in Paris, lodging and meals while in Taizé. Meals to and from Taizé are not included in the registration fee.
At the Lutheran Center we have been building a relationship with the Taizé Community over the past several of years. In the summer of 2011, three students from the Lutheran Center visited Taizé. The following spring, Br. Emile of the Taizé Community visited the Lutheran Center and led a service of Evening Prayer while promoting the Taizé Pilgrimage of Trust meeting in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend 2012. Nearly a dozen students or friends of the Lutheran Center attended the Chicago meeting. Students from the Lutheran Center visited the Taizé Community in 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019.
Still more significantly, our emerging relationship with Taizé has deeply influenced the prayer life of the Lutheran Center. The Monday-Friday service of Morning Prayer was started in response to Pastor Adam’s pilgrimage to Taizé in 2010 and uses the songs from Taizé almost exclusively. The Lutheran Center worships in the style of Taizé on the first Wednesday of the month.
Who Can Come?
The Lutheran Center Pilgrimage to Taizé is not limited to students who are active in the Lutheran Center, although space may be limited. The Lutheran Center is a Campus Ministry of the Nebraska Synod, therefore all young people 18-29 from or residing in the Synod may register for this pilgrimage. Registrants will need to participate in a group meeting TBD prior to the pilgrimage and will need to secure a passport prior to departure. The final determination of the number of participants and eligibility will be determined by the Campus Pastor at The Lutheran Center.
How do I register?
Click here to register & pay your $725 deposit to The Lutheran Center by Friday, February 7, 2020. The balance which will be the cost of air travel will be due by Friday, April 3, 2020. Once we have received your completed registration, including your deposit, we will send you a packet including insurance information forms, packing lists, recommendations for money and other information.