At the end of World War II, reformed Protestant Roger Schütz founded a community of brothers, both Roman Catholic and Protestant, in Taizé, France, a village in the Burgundy area. The focus was to work and pray for peace and understanding between the diversity of the world’s Christians. In the 1970s young people began to visit the community, and today over 100,000 youth from around the world travel to Taizé throughout the yearto spend a week in spiritual retreat. In order for the worshippers to have a common spiritual language, simple songs written in a variety of languages are sung, repeating over and over again as the worshipping community deepens into prayer.
We have a rich tradition of SVPC worshipping at Taizé. Diana Aldrich, Dale Bracey, Wouter de Groot, Nancy Koski, Beth Pole, Jim Peterson, Lynn Peterson, and Tjitske Postma have all nourishment there, and our 7:45 a.m. Early Light service each Sunday is a reflection of Taizé worship style and principles. You mightfound spiritual