A Morning Tea with Brother Ghislain (from the Taize Community)


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The Taizé community founded in 1940 is an ecumenical monastic order with a strong devotion to peace and justice through prayer and meditation. The 100-strong community of Roman Catholic and Protestant monks is drawn from 30 countries across the world. Today Taizé is one of the world's most important sites of Christian pilgrimage. Each year tens of thousands of young pilgrims flock to the small village of Taizé in central France to share in the community's way of life. Br Ghislain, describes Taizé as: ‘a form of prayer based upon the Scriptures that seeks to promote reconciliation, healing and peace and is open to all. Youth in particular value its simplicity and stillness. This is an ecumenical activity where together Christians can pray and intercede for the needs of the world.’ Prayer and silence are at the heart of the Taizé experience and Ecumenism, a movement promoting Christian unity among Churches, is the key to Taizé's appeal, making it a magnet for people of many different cultures and traditions. Brother Ghislain was in Sydney for two days during the month of May 2014 when this podcast was recorded.

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