A Community Called Taize: A Story of Prayer, Worship and Reconciliation

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6.3 X 8.22 X 0.59 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Jason Santos is associate pastor of youth mission and ministry at University Presbyterian Church, Seattle, Washington. While a doctoral student at Princeton Seminary he mentored seminary students on youth ministry and Christian education, taught youth ministry courses, and spoke regularly to young people, youth workers and pastors across the country. He was awarded the Timothy Scholar Fellowship for Research of Youth Culture. Jason has worked in hands-on ministry at churches in London, Chicago, and Bonn, Germany. He is the author of A Community Called Taizé A Story of Prayer, Worship and Reconciliation.

Desmond Mpilo Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. In 1986 he was elected archbishop of Cape Town, the highest position in the Anglican Church in South Africa. In 1994, after the end of apartheid and the election of Nelson Mandela, Tutu was appointed as chair of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate apartheid-era crimes. His policy of forgiveness and reconciliation has become an international example of conflict resolution and a trusted method of postconflict reconstruction. He is currently the chair of The Elders, where he gives vocal defense of human rights and campaigns for the oppressed.


"An excellent book . . . Highly recommended for public libraries and all religious studies collections."--Tiffany R. Walsh, Catholic Library World, June 2010
"This book is a worthy introduction to one of the most interesting and edifying movements in the Christian world today."--Commonweal, September 25, 2009
"A wonderful example of a community that is living out the gospel in a unique way, with an understanding of God's provision and love beyond our western idea of PowerPoints and Sunday meet and greets."--Worship Leader, May 2009
"Chatty, practical, and animated by a winsome spirit, the book is aimed chiefly at young readers who might be dreaming about traveling to the Protestant monastic community in France. Santos combines personal narrative, theological reflection, and travel-guide details. The story he has to tell is definitely worth telling."--John Wilson, Christianity Today, April 2009
"This well-written history should be considered by anyone who may want to learn more about Taize."--Philip Marcoccia, The Catholic Register March 8, 2009
"A thorough and compelling book about this group that focuses on prayer, worship, reconciliation and evangelism in European countries, where Christianity is declining."--Steve Rabey, Youth Worker Journal, January/February 2009
"This Ph.D. candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary first landed at Taizé in 2005 on the very day its founder, Brother Roger Schultz, was murdered (at prayer) by a disturbed Romanian woman. Santos experienced the community's loving response to the tragedy."--B.B. St. Anthony Messenger, April 2010
"Lovely and instructive. . . . Besides Santos's careful research, readers will appreciate his thoughtful ideas about how to take Taizé's spirit beyond the community."--Publishers Weekly, starred review