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Hendrix Group Spends Spring Break in France for Service-Learning

Taize2018groupweb.jpgCONWAY, Ark. (March 29, 2018) — Ten Hendrix students and two staff embarked on a “Pilgrimage to the Community of Taizé” in France from March 17-24, 2018. Chaplain of the College the Rev. J.J Whitney and Associate Director of Admission Em Depre led the journey to the monastic community of Protestant and Catholic brothers to engage in prayer, silence, and singing with young adults from Europe and Central America. 

The time in Taizé also included small group Bible study and reflection with other young adults and brothers of the community, as well as works of service to help sustain the community. At the end of the week, the group had an opportunity to tour the city of Paris, visiting the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Louvre. 

The trip was funded through the Office of Religious Life and through a Special Projects grant from the Hendrix Odyssey Program. Students who participated were Gifty Agana ’21, Joe Coker ’21, Alice Fan ’19, Schylar Ferguson ’18, Ellen Gotelli ’18, Chad Hornsby ’20, Emily Jordan ’20, Abbey Maynard ’19, Rachel Shepherd ’20, and Delaney Wells ’18. 

Now back at Hendrix, the group still has a touchstone for their experience in Taizé available on campus: Once a month, the Office of the Chaplain holds worship services in Greene Chapel for the Hendrix community in the style of Taizé Song and Prayer. For more information visit

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A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit