The Community of Taizé
Live in communion with God through prayer; be a leaven of peace and trust in the midst of the human family.
The Community of Taizé was founded in 1940 by Roger Schülz (Brother Roger), who came to France from Switzerrland at the age of twenty-five. He had been ill with tuberculosis for years and during a long convalescence he took a decision to create a comunity. Brother Roger bought in Taizé a house with outlying buildings and asked one of his sisters, Genevieve, to come and help him to offer hospitality. Among the first refugees they heltered during the Second World War were Jews. Due to security reasons in 1942 Brother Roger moved to Geneva, where he began a common life with his first brothers. They were able to come back to Taizé in 1944. Guidelines for the community were written by Brother Roger and first published in French in 1954. Taizé became one of the most important places for Christian pilgrimage with a focus on youth.
- International Colloquium Taizé
"The Relevance of a Monastic or Religious Vocation" is an international colloquim held in 2015 with talks given by leaders of religious congregations, communities and monasteries, which brought together at Taizé 350 young women and men, Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox, committed in the monastic or religious life from 52 countries
- Activities for school pupils
School and College Weeks 2020 for school students in years 10-13 are organized for school youth in order to help them mature in a safe but challenging environment with biblical reflection, small international discussion groups, some practical activity and prayer with the whole community
- Activity for 18-35 year-olds
The third week of reflection was held in Taizé in 2017 for 2000 participants from various European countries and from around the world, with the 200 volunteers from all the continents present. Different workshops were held with many speakers from various countries and from all walks of life: leaders of NGOs, academics, high-ranking officials and political representatives, witnesses engaged in interreligious dialogue, and artists
- Interfaith activity in Taizé
Weekend of friendship between young Christians and Muslims in August 2019 in Taizé with workshops and gatherings relating to mutual understanding between Christians and Muslims, targeting young people from 18 to 35 years-old
- Annual European Meeting
the 41st annual Taizé European Meeting was held in Madrid in 2018 and gathered 15,000 young people from across the continent, and the next annual meeting will take place in December 2019 in in Wrocław, Poland, where European Christian youth of all faiths will gather together
- Ecumenical Meeting
International Ecumenical Youth Meeting in Lebanon, Beirut took place in March 2019 and gathered together 1000 young people between 18 and 35 are expected from Lebanon, various countries in Europe and the Middle East with an aim to introduce young Europeans to the rich tradition of Eastern churches, to highlight the richness of the ecumenical relations that already exist in Lebanon and allow participants of the other countries to discover it, to listen to the long experience of coexistence of Christians in Lebanon with the various Muslim communities, and to seek a common future in hope and cooperation between continents
- International Visits and Piligrimages
Taizé international visits and piligrimages take place annually in Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and Middle East with an aim to gether together young people from different regions and nations and to reinforce understanding between different religions
- Small Provisional Communities Project
this project gives opportunity to youth to live together with a small group of young people for a few weeks in a neighbourhood or village in different country or region to witness to the Gospel, while sharing the joys and the difficulties of the people living there.
Main Focus Countries of Activities
Taizé, France - Taizé,France - Taizé,France - Taizé, France - Madrid, Spain - Wrocław, Poland - Beirut, Lebanon - Paris, France - Lyon, France - Marrakech, Morocco - World -