Taizé Pilgrimage

2020 Taizé Pilgrimage is July 24 to Aug. 3, 2020  


Due to low enrollment and concerns for pilgrims’ health and safety traveling in Europe at this time due to the coronavirus, the 2020 pilgrimage has been cancelled. 

You Are Invited!

All youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 30 are invited to join a life-changing pilgrimage to Taizé, France, a place which is filled with deep Christian spirituality and broad ecumenism. This week-long experience will be led by Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar. Watch the videos below to see more. 


 2017 pilgrim Lauren Kenney discovered something new about prayer on her journey to Taizé.

What will you discover?

Click the image to watch the video 



2 Minutes in Taizé from New England Conference UMC on Vimeo.


More videos from Taizé

Taizé: A sense of community

The Sounds of Taizé

Taizé in a Minute: Stephen Bouchard

Taizé in a Minute: Other Cultures

Taizé in a Minute: Worship

Taizé in One Word

Taizé 2017: Meeting Youth from Serbia

The Experience

Discover an inner peace as you meet Jesus through simple living where He is waiting for you. Prayer, singing, Bible reflection, and sharing are some of the opportunities the Taizé experience provides to deepen the relationship between your faith and all aspects of your life. The pilgrimage will help to fulfill the mission of our Conference and churches—to make disciples for Jesus Christ who are committed to sharing the gospel, in word and deed, throughout the world.

Upon your arrival at Taizé, you are welcomed by a community of brothers who have made a lifelong commitment to follow Christ in simplicity of life. To better understand their commitment and learn more about the Taizé experience, go to www.taize.fr

Taizé Retreat Center

We fly into Geneva, spend the night and take a bus to Taizé Sunday morning. In Taizé, we will either stay in dormitories with bunk beds or large tents, sleeping on bedrolls. Food, showers, and other accommodations are simple. There is no use of electrical appliances. Special dietary requests cannot be accommodated, but a vegetarian menu is available.

Daily routines include Bible study, worship, prayer, silence, workshops, reflection, faith sharing, camp chores, and fellowship with 3,000 pilgrims from around the world.

Pastors are asked to identify pilgrims, and local churches of the New England Conference are encouraged to pay the cost of the pilgrimage experience. This is a unique investment in spiritual development which will provide personal, church, and conference benefits for years to come.

Registration details and materials

Approximate Cost: $2,200*

Price Includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Lodging in Geneva and Taizé
  • Meals in Taizé
  • Transportation in Europe

* Trip cost does not include meals or optional sight-seeing events and incidentals in Geneva.

Payments will be due Jan. 15, March 4, and April 15, 2020.

There will be a mandatory meeting for 2020 pilgrims on May 30, 2020. Details to be announced.

The following documents are required to register for the pilgrimage:

Copy of your valid passport must be included with application. (If you are in the process of applying for passport, please send a copy as soon as it is received.)

For more information, contact Brenda Borchers, administrative assistant to the bishop, at bishopsoffice@neumc.org

Importing Taize or So you want to start a Taize prayer service

Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar is committed to starting nine Taize worship services here in the New England Conference. This resource from Conference Director of Congregational Development Rick McKinley helps you determine if a Taize prayer service is right for your church and tells you how to get started. Click the link above.