This year, Chantlanta invited us to offer a one hour workshop as part of their chant weekend in Virginia Highlands. We are presenting on Sunday, March 15, 2020 from 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM. We would love to see you there! During our workshop we (Lisa Persons and Soyini Coke) will give a brief story about the Taize Community and their work of reconciliation around the world. Our team of musicians (Charles Absher and Chris Palmer) will lead us in chants, sacred reading and brief silence.
We look forward to sharing this tradition to lovers of chant who will be new to the Taizé form of prayer. We’d love to have the support of regulars!
The weekend is full of various chant offerings in different traditions. You register by individual workshop. To join our workshop, look for us and register here: https://www.chantlanta.org/workshops
Photo is of Br. John and Br. Emile of Taize at the tomb of MLK, Jr.
We had a wonderful week of prayer and conversations with Br. John and Br. Emile in early October. So grateful for everyone who came out and traveled the pilgrimage road to new places in our city. People came from North Carolina, South Georgia and Tennessee. What a hopeful time of prayer and blessing.
The brothers came to support those who have been gathering for prayer in our city over the past 25 years and to broaden and deepen our connections with one another and with the greater work of the Taizé Community in their efforts to build peace and reconciliation around the world.
We had three great evenings of prayer and conversation on themes of Pilgrimage, Trust and Hospitality at Central Pres, the Cathedral of St. Philip and St. Thomas More. A bit of excitement was an 11th hour power outage at St. Thomas More. Many thanks to First Christian Church – just down the street – to opening their doors and making it work! A truly ecumenical effort.
During the day, the brothers visited places of hope and met people of hope. They led a bible study at Covenant House Atlanta with homeless youth, and visited Memorial Drive Ministries, learning about a phenomenal and creative partnership in Clarkston between a church and several non-profits seeking to help refugees and immigrants. They met with young adults doing service and study and one evening had dinner with the L’Ache Atlanta community. They also made contacts with young orthodox and priests in the city for a pan-orthodox national gathering.
They made their own pilgrimage to the King Center and Martin Luther King, Jr’s tomb. Finally, on Saturday morning they led a small workshop with alumni of the Youth Theology Initiative and Candler students and staff.
We are encouraging people to consider making their own pilgrimage to Taizé in France! A visit is a wonderful, faith-renewing experience during which you meet the world in one place and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Christian faith lived in a parable of communion.
If you took any photos during this weeks events – please message this page. We would love a couple of pictures of the prayer spaces.
Not familiar with the Taizé Community in France? Explore: www.taize.fr.
“The pilgrimage of trust is first of all a meeting; with the Risen Christ and with others. Thanks to the times of prayer together, we make ourselves available for God. Through sharing and hospitality, everyone agrees to overcome barriers and differences in order to welcome and enrich one another.”
Two brothers, Br. John and Br. Émile, will visit us for a few days the first week of October 2019. They will come for a few prayers and meetings with people in Atlanta and we look forward to having a small Pilgrimage of Trust involving three churches. The brothers travel in the US for certain parts of the year, having prayers and retreats with young adults and churches in different parts of the country. They have not been to Atlanta in many years and we look forward to welcoming them! Please see the website for more details here.
Due to Hurricane Irma and the official “State of Emergency” in the state of Georgia with it’s expected tropical storm force winds Monday night, we will be staying home and staying safe. Keep all those in your prayers who are experiencing the stress of this storm.
If you wish to listen to podcasts of recent prayers in Taizé you can scroll down and find them on the Taizé website here.
Here is a prayer from Br. Alois, Prior of Taizé:
You bless us, Lord Christ, us and those you entrust to us. Keep us in the spirit of the beatitudes: joy, simplicity, and merciful love.
On Monday, September 11, the Taizé prayer at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church will meet in a different place on campus at 8:00 for just this month. Follow signs down the hill to Amerson House Spirituality Center in the lower left corner of the parking lot, next to Toco Hills Community Ministry house. Amerson House is a lovely space and we look forward to praying with you there! The Congregation Bet Haverim will be meeting in the Nave and there is no other room in the inn up at the church! This will be our future overflow space when there are unavoidable conflicts up at the church.
Soyini recently traveled for a week in Taizé and has the following words:
I have just come back from a truly magical week in Taize. I’d encourage anyone who has been attending services to go to the community and see how it all started and witness the amazing work the brothers continue to do.
For anyone who is interested, I’m planning to go to the pilgrimage of trust in St. Louis. Let’s organize!
You can contact us through this site or the Facebook page if you are interested in going.
We welcome you to our monthly facilitated Labyrinth Walk from 7:00 – 8:00 & followed by the Taize Service at 8:00 in the Mikell Chapel at the Cathedral of St. Philip on the 3rd Monday of every month. Every month we gather to walk this journey with others to seek a deeper meaning in our lives.
Monday, April 17, 2017
Easter Monday – Cathedral Closed – NO facilitated Labyrinth Walk or Taize Service
Blessings on your path.
Cathedral of St. Philip 2744 Peachtree Rd. Atlanta, GA 30305
St. Bede’s Episcopal Church will be starting a monthly Taize service on the first Sunday of each month beginning May 7th at 7 PM. The service will last for one hour and will include a labyrinth that can be walked during the service.St. Bede’s Episcopal Church. All are welcome!
1st Sunday of each month at 7 PM – Parish Hall St. Bede’s Episcopal Church Address: 2601 Henderson Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30345 Phone: (770) 938-9797