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This year is the centenary of Brother Roger of Taizé…

Roger Schütz founded the Community of Taizé seventy-five years ago. This year also marks the tenth anniversary of his death.

Born in a Swiss Protestant family, Br. Roger felt drawn towards community life as a young man. At the onset of World War II, he sheltered Jewish and Christian refugees in the tiny French village of Taizé until forced out, returning in 1944 with other young men to start a common life. In 1949, seven committed to a “new monastic” life of celibacy and simplicity, and shortly thereafter Br. Roger wrote the Rule of Taizé to guide their community. [Read our review of The Rule of Taizé]

With brothers coming from both Catholic and Protestant traditions, Br. Roger intended Taizé as “a parable of community,” a vision of Christian reconciliation. He welcomed young people and was known as a man ready to listen to all who came to him. His message, if it can be put into words apart from his life, was simple: “Christ did not come to earth to create a new religion, but to offer to every human being a communion in God.”

Today, the Community of Taizé welcomes thousands of visitors each year from all countries and religious backgrounds. All work, pray, and sing with the brothers, who now number over a hundred.

In honor of his centenary, here are seven videos that help capture Br. Roger’s vision and give a glimpse of what life is like at Taizé.

Enjoy these short videos of Br. Roger and Taizé

(Compiled by Joe Krall, who went to Taizé three years ago and loves it still):
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A Parable of Community


A Review of

The Rule of Taizé

Paperback: Paraclete Press, 2013.
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Reviewed by Erin Zoutendam.

 
The question at the heart of the publication of a book such as The Rule of Taizé is not whether we should read it, but why it was published at all. Surely the rule of a monastic community in rural France, a rule intended to order the lives of about a hundred monks, coincides very little with the lives of those of us who, instead of praying and laboring, commute to work, buy groceries at big-box stores, and collapse onto couches at the end of the day to tap and scroll on tiny screens. Even the most pious of us are hardly eager to hold all our possessions in common.

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