Wednesday evening’s soup supper was followed by a program on the practice of Taize’ prayer presented by the Rev. Liz Jones. Just a little bit of what we learned is shown below. (My apologies for the low video quality.)
Founded by Brother Roger Schutz in 1940, “the Taizé Community is composed of more than one hundred brothers, from Catholic and Protestant traditions, who originate from about thirty countries across the world. Guidelines for the community’s life are contained in The Rule of Taizé written by Brother Roger and first published in French in 1954.
The community has become one of the world’s most important sites of Christian pilgrimage, with a focus on youth. Over 100,000 young people from around the world make pilgrimages to Taizé each year for prayer, Bible study, sharing, and communal work. Through the community’s ecumenical outlook, they are encouraged to live in the spirit of kindness, simplicity and reconciliation. The community’s church, the Church of Reconciliation, was inaugurated on 6 August 1962. It was designed by a Taizé member and architect, Brother Denis. Young Germans from Action Reconciliation Service for Peace, created for reconciliation after World War II, assumed the work of building it. Owing to the founder’s commitment, since its inception the community has evolved into an important site for Catholic–Lutheran ecumenism. A Catholic, Brother Alois, succeeded as prior after his predecessor’s death in 2005.”
Special thanks to the ECW for providing dinner !