A Community Called Taize: A Story of Prayer, Worship and Reconciliation

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InterVarsity Press, Jan 9, 2010 - Religion
Taizé--the word is strangely familiar to many throughout the contemporary church. Familiar, perhaps, because the chanted prayers of Taizé are well practiced in churches throughout the world. Strangely, however, because so little is known about Taizé--from its historic beginnings to how the word itself is pronounced. The worship of the Taizé community, as it turns out, is best understood in the context of its greater mission. On the day Jason Brian Santos arrived in the Taizé community its leader was brutally murdered before his eyes. Instead of making Santos want to leave, the way the community handled this tragedy made him long to stay and learn more about this group of people who could respond to such evil with grace and love. In this book he takes us on a tour of one of the world's first ecumenical monastic orders, from its monastic origins in the war-torn south of 1940s France to its emerging mission as a pilgrimage site and spiritual focal point for millions of young people throughout the world. In A Community Called Taizé you'll meet the brothers of the order and the countless visitors and volunteers who have taken upon themselves a modest mission: pronouncing peace and reconciliation to the church and the world.
 

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User Review  - C. Joseph Sorell - Christianbook.com

I would recommend this book to every Christian on the planet. Santos explains the very important message behind Taize, that we need to reunite as a body of Christ -- as the diverse yet commonly rooted olive tree we were meant to be. Read full review

Contents

A Word from the Taizé Community
8
Foreword
9
Preface
11
My Pilgrimage to Taizé
15
Welcome to Taizé
22
Exploring the Community
45
Brother Roger and the Formation of a Community
53
A New Era of Reconciliation
68
The Heart of Taizé
125
Importing Taizé
147
Epilogue
167
Practical Issues and Getting to Taizé
170
The Life Commitment
188
Resources
191
Glossary
193
Acknowledgments
198

The Brothers of Taizé
79
Permanents Sisters and les Jeunes
91
The Prayers of Taizé
103
Notes
200
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Jason Santos is associate pastor of youth mission and ministry at University Presbyterian Church, Seattle, Washington. While a doctoral student at Princeton Seminary he mentored seminary students on youth ministry and Christian education, taught youth ministry courses, and spoke regularly to young people, youth workers and pastors across the country. He was awarded the Timothy Scholar Fellowship for Research of Youth & Culture. Jason has worked in hands-on ministry at churches in London, Chicago, and Bonn, Germany. He is the author of A Community Called Taizé A Story of Prayer, Worship and Reconciliation.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu served as Bishop of Johannesburg and Archibishop of Cape Town, South Africa before he was appointed by President Nelson Mandela in 1996 to chair the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Since then he has been visiting professor at several overseas universities, and he has published several books, including God Has a Dream.

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