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The Taize Community in France was started in 1940 by Brother Roger who felt called to create a community that would care for refugees fleeing the second world war. He borrowed money and bought a house and land in the village of Taize and offered hospitality with the help from his sister.

The community continues to this day with over 100 brothers from 30 countries, mainly Catholic but also various Protestant backgrounds. By its very existence the community is "a parable of community" that wants its life to be a sign of reconciliation between divided Christians and between separated peoples. Some brothers live in disadvantaged parts of the world to be witnesses of peace alongside those who are suffering. Brother Roger died in 2005 and it is now led by Brother Alois.

It is a community that welcomes people that want to search for communion with God through community prayer, song, silence, personal reflection and sharing. Right at the depth of the human condition, lies the longing for a presence, the silent desire for a communion. This simple desire for God is already the beginning of faith. For more information click here.

 

Taize Worship at Puttenham

 

The style of worship held at Taize can be used anywhere, and the peace and quietness of Puttenham is very suitable for it.

Each month on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 3.30pm there will be Taize worship.

 

There are very short songs that are sung repeatedly, giving a meditative character that penetrates the whole being and becomes a way of listening to God. Silence is also used in the worship, a time to listen to your heart, to think about your problems, to empty your mind or do some soul searching. in silence together, there is no fear.

 

"The exchange with God becomes real for us in prayer: by his Holy Spirit, God comes to dwell within us. By his word and by the sacraments, Christ gives himself to us. In return, we can surrender everything to him." - Brother Alois.