A Community Called Taizé A Story of Prayer, Worship and Reconciliation

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A Story of Prayer, Worship and Reconciliation
A Community Called Taizé

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 Taizéfrom 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.

  • A Word from the Taize Community
  • Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • Preface
  • 1. My Pilgrimage to Taize
  • 2. Welcome to Taize
  • 3. Exploring the Community
  • 4. Brother Roger and the Formation of a Community
  • 5. A New Era of Reconciliation
  • 6. The Brothers of Taize
  • 7. Permanents, Sisters and les Jeunes
  • 8. The Prayers of Taize
  • 9. The Heart of Taize
  • 10. Importing Taize
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix A: Practical Issues and Getting to Taize
  • Appendix B: The Life Commitment
  • Appendix C: Resources
  • Glossary
  • Acknowledgments
  • Endnotes
Format: Paperback book
Product code: IC835256
Dimensions: 8.22" x 6.3"
Length: 203 pages
IVP Books
ISBN: 978-0-8308-3525-6
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Written by Jason Brian Santos and Desmond Tutu


An excellent book . . . Highly recommended for public libraries and all religious studies collections.
Tiffany R. Walsh, Catholic Library World, June 2010
This Ph.D. candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary first landed at Taizé in 2005 on the very day its founder, Brother Roger Schultz, was murdered (at prayer) by a disturbed Romanian woman. Santos experienced the community's loving response to the tragedy.
St. Anthony Messenger, April 2010
This book is a worthy introduction to one of the most interesting and edifying movements in the Christian world today.
Commonweal, September 25, 2009
A wonderful example of a community that is living out the gospel in a unique way, with an understanding of God's provision and love beyond our western idea of PowerPoints and Sunday meet and greets.
Worship Leader, May 2009
Chatty, practical, and animated by a winsome spirit, the book is aimed chiefly at young readers who might be dreaming about traveling to the Protestant monastic community in France. Santos combines personal narrative, theological reflection, and travel-guide details. The story he has to tell is definitely worth telling.
John Wilson, Christianity Today, April 2009
This well-written history should be considered by anyone who may want to learn more about Taize.
Philip Marcoccia, The Catholic Register, March 8, 2009
InterVarsity Press continues to stir deep and contemplative thought through their Formatio series of titles that have recently been released. In an age that is characterized by individual and commercialized faith, it is nice to know that there are books being written that operate at as call back to Christian community. Their willingness to highlight Taize in A Community Called Taize is particularly affecting and I was greatly edified by this read.
C. E. Moore, The Christian Manifesto (thechristianmanifesto.wordpress.com), January 2, 2009
A thorough and compelling book about this group that focuses on prayer, worship, reconciliation and evangelism in European countries, where Christianity is declining.
Steve Rabey, Youth Worker Journal, January/February 2009
Santos gives the history and development of Borther Roger's spiritual journey and vision for Taize, but he also shows how Taize has grown far beyond that original vision to become one of the truly unique spiritual centers of the world. A Community Called Taize is a much-needed and welcomed resource on this significant part of the body of Christ and what it has to teach us today.
InternetMonk, (internetmonk.com), October 29, 2008
Lovely and instructive. . . . Besides Santos's careful research, readers will appreciate his thoughtful ideas about how to take Taizé's spirit beyond the community.
Publishers Weekly, starred review