What is Taize?
A Taizé worship service involves sung and chanted prayers, meditation, a period of silence, liturgical readings, and icons. There is no preaching. The style of prayer practiced at Taizé has attracted many worshipers from around the globe and from many different denominations. The prayers consist of “short chants, repeated again and again.”
The Taizé Community is an ecumenical monastic order in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France. It is composed of more than one hundred brothers, from Protestant and Catholic traditions, who originate from about thirty countries across the world. It was founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schütz, a Reformed Protestant. The brothers of Taizé are committed to a lifetime of simplicity, service, and community. There is an ecumenical emphasis at Taizé which “wants its life to be a sign of reconciliation between divided Christians and between separated peoples.”
The community has become one of the world’s most important sites of Christian pilgrimage. 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 Taize community is committed to “seeking visible communion among all who love Christ.” Christ extended his friendship to all, without rejecting anyone. Those who love Christ all across the earth form, in his steps, a large community of friendship. For this reason, each person has a contribution to make in healing the wounds of humanity: without wanting to impose themselves, they can promote a globalization of solidarity which excludes no people and no single person.
In order to reach this hope, the Taize community recommends that Christians undertake the following steps: 1) Join a local praying community; 2) Extend friendship beyond the boundaries that separate us; 3) Share and pray regularly with others; and, 4) Make the communion of all who love Christ more visible.
Taize services are held on the 4th Thursday of the month, September-May (except for December) at 7:30 PM. They are preceded by a Potluck Supper at 6:30 PM. Child Care is available.