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Contemplative Community

Contemplative Community

I recently had a conversation with a young man who had just completed 10 days in absolute silence, meditating 10 hours a day. This was at a Buddhist centre in New Zealand. 60 people attended. Attendance was free (koha – donation). Yes, there are places in New Zealand where you can go on a silent… Continue Reading

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Provisional

Provisional

I’ve been playing with the word ‘provisional’. Provisional means temporary, useful or valid for a while – until something better comes along; anticipating that the better will come. Taizé (image above) often stresses the provisional. Having laboured long to produced a complex (famous) monastic Office Book, the monks of Taizé abandoned it as too perplexing… Continue Reading

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Brother Roger of Taizé 10 Years On

Brother Roger of Taizé 10 Years On

Brother Roger Schütz founded the ecumenical monastery of Taizé in 1940. This year, then, marks 100 years since his birth (May 12, 1915), 75 years since the founding of the community, and, this week we have been remembering 10 years since Br Roger was murdered. Br Roger had a passion for justice, contemplation, reconciliation, and… Continue Reading

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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Churches 4

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Churches 4

Habit 4 – Quality Music The importance of music and singing cannot be underestimated. Taizé and Hillsong are just two well-known examples that illustrate the potency of music. Singing cultures know how unifying and invigorating group singing is. If you’ve been to a sports game where supporters sing – you will know exactly what I… Continue Reading

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Vatican II 50 years on

Vatican II 50 years on

Fifty years ago over two thousand bishops, experts, and ecumenical observers were at the start of the Second Vatican Council. They would meet during periods over four years, and produce remarkable decisions that have changed Christian history. They produced transforming documents such as Lumen Gentium (on ecclesiology), Sacrosanctum Concilium (on liturgy), and Dei Verbum (on… Continue Reading

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Christian unity?

“Those that say it can’t be done should get out of the way of those doing it.” Chinese Proverb I have not been to the monastery of Bose, but, reading about it, I can see some similarities with the ecumenical monastery of Taizé (I have had a fascination with Taizé since my teenage years, have… Continue Reading

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