In October 2011 as part of a module in my first semester of Third Year myself and a group of fellow students travelled to Taize together.
Ecumenism (a movement promoting Christian unity among Churches) is the key to Taizé’s appeal, making it a magnet for people of many different cultures and traditions.
The Taize community was founded by Roger Schutz in the summer of 1940. It is situated in the south of Burgundy, France. The Taize community became a place of pilgrimage from the 1950s onwards. Young people from all over the world come to Taize to give themselves a chance to reflect on their relationship with God. Taize has become and still is to the present day a place of FAITH, PRAYER and UNDERSTANDING.
The Taizé community is an ecumenical monastic order with a strong devotion to peace and justice through prayer and meditation. The 100-strong community of Roman Catholic and Protestant monks is drawn from 30 countries across the world. The brothers who live within the Taize Community live life in its simplest form. The brothers do not accept donations of any kind from family members or the outside community. They prefer to survive through the means of their own work within the Taize community.
The Taize community has been accepted within the wider Christian world throughout the years since its establishment. Brother Roger visited many Christian countries with his fellow brothers to share his ideas of the united Christian community that Taize promotes. Examples of these places: Calcutta, Chile, South Africa and Russia. Taize was also well received by the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church often asked Brother Roger for advice.