"Seeking God Together in the Midst of Life's Noise"
The Taizé Community is an ecumenical Christian monastic order in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France. It is composed of about 100 brothers who come from Protestant and Catholic traditions. The brothers come from about 30 countries across the world. The monastic order has a strong devotion to peace and justice through prayer and meditation. It was founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schutz.
The community has become one of the world's most important sites of Christian pilgrimage. Over 100,000 young people from around the world make pilgrimages to Taizé each year for prayer, Bible study, sharing, and communal work. Through the community's ecumenical outlook, they are encouraged to live in the spirit of kindness, simplicity and reconciliation.
The community, though Western European in origin, has sought to include people and traditions worldwide. They have sought to demonstrate this in the music and prayers where songs are sung in many languages, and have included chants and icons from the Eastern Orthodox tradition. The music emphasizes simple phrases, usually lines from Psalms or other pieces of Scripture, repeated and sometimes also sung in canon. Earlier Taizé community music was conceived and composed by Jacques Berthier. Later, Joseph Gelineau became a major contributor to the music.
About Waukesha Ecumenical Taizé
Waukesha Ecumenical Taizé started in 2010 as a collaboration between the music departments of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church and St. Matthias Episcopal Church. Musicians from many other area churches also participate. Services are held three to four times a year at various area churches. For more information on participation and hosting, contact Craig Bodoh at St. Matthias Episcopal Church.