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DAY 22, BUS 2: Taizé

16 May 2018

The EMIN Bus was at Taizé today. The Taizé Community is an ecumenical Christian monastic community in Burgundy, France. Over 100,000 young people from around the world make pilgrimages to Taizé each year. It is composed of more than one hundred brothers, from Catholic and Protestant traditions, who originate from about thirty countries across the world.

The idea of the EMINBUS was partly born in Taizé during a great gathering there in 2015. During this week Fintan Farrell, coordinator of EMIN, had a chance meeting with Sr Simone Campbell of #nunsonthebus and from there the idea grew.   See the message from Sr Simone at: http://eminbus.eu/support-us/ While the spirit of the EMIN Bus is humanist, the link with faith communities is an important part of the need to mobilise diverse actors to push for the progressive realisation of adequate, accessible and enabling Minimum Income Schemes.

While in Taize we had a chance to have lunch and exchange with the brothers of the community. We also had a workshop where there was great interest to understand why good quality minimum income schemes are good for everyone. There was also interest to understand the difference between Guaranteed Adequate Minimum Income and  Universal Basic Income.

There was a large group form Utrecht present and we hope to se them again when the bus visits their city.

Please also note that there will be a ‘a weekend of friendship between young Christians and young Muslim (18 to 35 year olds)’ in Taize from 5-8 July. For information write to meetings@taize.fr