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Yorkshire Schools Pilgrimage to Taizé - Reflections

Saturday 22nd July 2017

Reflections from Young Leaders from Yorkshire Schools...

 

Throughout the diary entries this week, the students have reflected on many different aspects of Taizé. They have explored their challenges, their emotional journeys and how Taizé has changed their thinking. But as we come to leave Taizé they have begun to reflect on what they will take away.

Maybe the silences? For many of us, Taizé’s use of silence has been thought-provoking. As you approach the church each day, from many metres away the Iconic ‘SILENCE’ signs are visible at each door. At first these signs may seem commanding, like an instruction like a ‘no entry’ road sign – “you must be silent”. However this is not Taizé’s or God’s heart. The signs are more like a ‘welcome to…’ location sign – “Welcome to silence, population: everyone’. Silence however is just one word we would use to describe Taizé. Here are some others:

 

You have such a profound and unique experience during your stay at Taizé that you feel you may leave a little of your heart here. However, as we reflect on all our experiences and memories of our trip, a better way perhaps to think is actually we have all found a new part of heart. A new part that we can choose to take home and outwork in our lives outside of this beautiful, transformational community.

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