What is Taize?

Taize Brothers in PrayerTaize is a unique Christian Community near Cluny in central France, founded after the Second World War as a place of reconciliation . It has become a place of particular important to young people who, every year, come in their thousands from all over Europe and the rest of the world, to stay for varying periods to experience a very special environment.

During the week in Taize everyone is invited to enter into the rhythm of the community life, gathering with the brothers of the community at prayer times, joining with people from other countries for discussions and practical tasks – serving meals, washing up and the like.

When people arrive in Taize they are sometimes worried about how they will cope with praying three times a day. But nearly everyone comes to love the Taize style of worship and look forward to the next church service!

The Taize Community

Crowds at TaizeThe Taizé Community, an ecumenical community in France, is made up of over a hundred brothers, Catholics and Protestants, from around thirty nations. Through its very existence, the community is a “parable of community” that wants its life to be a sign of reconciliation between divided Christians and between separated peoples.

Over the years young adults have been coming to Taizé from every continent to take part in weekly ‘meetings’. Church leaders who have visited Taizé include Pope John Paul II, three Archbishops of Canterbury, Orthodox metropolitans, the fourteen Lutheran bishops of Sweden, and countless pastors from all over the world.

Further details can be found on the Taize website. For a direct link please click here.

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