Also during both afternoons ...
There will be an area with:
• a Taizé bookshop
• display stands of Birmingham organisations and others
A church will be set aside for those seeking a place of prayer and silent reflection. There will be pastors, priests and religious of different denominations present for those who wish a personal conversation or the sacrament of reconciliation.
• Faith and Science. How the exploration of science can enrich our faith. With a university professor of physics.
• An encounter with some black majority churches – with leaders and young people from various Birmingham churches.
• Christian community living: a meeting with people who are living in various forms of community. The support and the struggles of their commitment.
• A film recounting some key moments of the life of Brother Roger, the founder of Taizé, and meeting with one of the brothers of the community.
• Forum with bishops and leaders of several churches around brother Alois’ “Call to Church Leaders for 2017”.
• Refugees and asylum seekers. Hearing their stories.
• Welcoming refugees - what can we do? Ways of supporting refugees through volunteering, befriending, campaigning and participating in positive action.
• Discerning Vocation - offering help to notice what God might want you to do for the rest of your life or at least today.
• Caring for our common home. Living in harmony with creation and engendering social and political awareness.
• Visit to a stables in Birmingham that introduces local children, including those with disabilities, to a friendship with horses. [Activity for a limited number, and for the whole afternoon.]
• Working for peace. Christian non-violent protest. Awareness of the scandal of the arms trade.
• Prisons and Community People seeking resettlement after being in prison, in the light of Luke 4:16-21 – “The Lord has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, (...) to let the oppressed go free.” – a meeting with those involved in various projects including Changing Tunes.
• A visit to Birmingham Childrens’ Hospital and a meeting with members of the chaplaincy and youth work teams. [For a limited number.]
• The value and practice of interfaith encounter and dialogue.
• A meeting with people affected by homelessness, and those who work to help.
• Learning music for the common prayer together during the weekend.
• The meditative practice of iconography in the Byzantine and Russian Orthodox traditions. Introduction to icons and practical exercise — accessible to artists and non-artists alike.
• “Hidden Treasure”: creative activity