Taizé Course

As many people know, I am a huge Taizé “fan” and have been to the community in France seven times. I am excited to be teaching a course about Taizé next term (spring 2011). Following are the texts for the course:

Required Texts

1.      Jason Brian Santos, A Community Called Taizé: A Story of Prayer, Worship and Reconciliation. InterVarsity Press, 2008. ISBN13 978-0830835256.

2.      Kathryn Spink, A Universal Heart: The Life and Vision of Brother Roger of Taizé. SPCK/GIA, 2005 [1986]. ISBN13 978-1579995683.

3.      Brother Roger [Schutz] of Taizé, The Sources of Taizé: No Greater Love. GIA G-5363. ISBN-13: 978-1579990862(ISBN10 1-57999-086-X).

4. Marcello Fidanzio, ed., Brother Roger of Taizé: Essential Writings. Orbis, 2006. ISBN13 978-1570756399.

5.      Taizé. Seeds of Trust: Reflecting on the Bible in Silence and Song. GIA, 2005. GIA G-6719. ISBN13 978-1579-995386 (ISBN10 1-57999-538-1).

6.      “Songs and Prayers from Taizé.” GIA CD, 1995. B000003YKF

In addition to normal academic requirements (analytical essay, research paper, book review), students will use Seeds of Trust and the CD for daily prayer,  visit a Taizé prayer service, and write about these experiences.

I wonder if anyone else has taught such a course. The closest I have found thus far in a quick search is a pilgrimage course to Taizé offered at Drew’s theological school. I took students and others there once as part of a study trip course called “Courage and Conviction in Christian France.”

4 Responses to “Taizé Course”

  1. Nathan says:

    Oh, this sounds fantastic!

    I’m jealous of your students.

  2. Andrew says:

    The music department at my school (Perkins School of Theology) is leading a 15 day immersion trip to Taize next summer entitled: Worship In An Ecumenical European Tradition.

  3. Nathan says:

    I’m wondering if you’d find the short writings from the community helpful. (There are 14 here: http://www.taize.fr/en_rubrique43.html) They are quite short and clear, as could be predicted.

  4. MJG says:

    Hi, Nathan. It should be a lot of fun and very rewarding. Thanks for the link to the community’s website, which is a great resource.

    Good to hear that, Andrew!

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