From September 2016 to May 2017, brothers of the Taizé Community (www.taize.fr), in collaboration with churches of various denominations will be facilitating a “pilgrimage of trust” in the St. Louis area. At a time when fear and violence seem to be gaining the upper hand, the purpose of the pilgrimage (www.taize.fr/stlouis) is to create a space where people of different backgrounds can come together for prayer and conversation on concrete ways of building trust in our daily lives. This yearlong pilgrimage of trust will culminate in a gathering to be held over Memorial Day weekend, May 26-29, 2017.
Beginning in September, churches of different denominations will host open-door evenings involving a time of worship with meditative singing in the style of the Taizé Community, information about participating in the pilgrimage and conversation in small groups. These evenings are meant to bring together Christians and people of good will from many different churches and backgrounds. Everyone is welcome to attend, with a special invitation for young adults between the ages of 18 and 35.
The invitation to come to St. Louis for this ecumenical pilgrimage was first extended to the Taizé community by Archbishop Carlson in the wake of the Ferguson unrest. Other church leaders and communities which have been contacted by the Taizé brothers have given their full support and will be hosting several evenings in their churches.
For the Memorial Day weekend in 2017, hundreds of young adults will come from throughout the Midwest and beyond. Participants will be offered hospitality by local families. The weekend will involve times of prayer, Bible reflections, workshops on various themes related to trust, justice and reconciliation, and a citywide prayer walk to express the desire to work together for a more human society. Many of the events will be held at Saint Louis University, but workshops will involve visits to other places of suffering and hope in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
Afternoons and evenings to launch the Pilgrimage of Trust
September 29th, 7 to 9.00 pm, Wellspring United Methodist Church,
33 S. Florissant Rd., Ferguson, Mo 63135, Tel: 314-521-4217
October 1st, 7 to 9 pm , St. Joseph Imperial
6020 Old Antonia Rd, Imperial, MO 63052, tel. 636-464-1013
October 2nd , 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm, Saint John’s Church (The Beloved Community),
4136 N. Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63107, tel. 314-534-4400
October 3rd, 7.30 to 9.30 pm, Catholic Student Center at Washington University,
6352 Forsyth Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63105, 314-725-8134
October 4th, 7.30 to 9.30 pm, St. Louis University College Church (St. Francis Xavier),
3628 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108, 314-977-2425.
October 5th, 7.30 to 9.30 pm, South Spring City Church (PCA),
2109 S. Spring Avenue St. Louis, MO 63110, tel. 314.276.5816
October 6th, 7.30 to 9.30 pm, All Saints Catholic Church
7 McMenamy Road St. Peters, MO 63376, tel. 636-397-1440
October 10th, 7.00 to 9.00 pm, Christ Church (Episcopal) Cathedral,
1210 Locust St, St. Louis, MO 63103, tel. 314-231-3454
October 16th, 1.30 pm to 5.00 pm, St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church (The Rock),
1118 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63106, 314-533-0304
October 26th, 7.00 to 9.00 pm, Incarnate Word Parish,
13416 Olive Blvd. Chesterfield, MO 63017 tel. 314-576-5366
Octber 27th, 7.30 to 9.30 pm, St. Simon the Apostle Catholic Church,
11011 Mueller Rd, St. Louis, MO 63123, 314-842-3848