Sunday, July 30, 2017 "Singing Taizé" by Miki Leeper. The Taizé Community is an ecumenical monastic order in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France. It is composed of more than one hundred brothers, from Catholic and Protestant traditions, who originate from about thirty countries across the world. It was founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schütz, a Reformed Protestant. Guidelines for the community’s life are contained in The Rule of Taizé written by Brother Roger and first published in French in 1954.
The community has become one of the world's most important sites of Christian pilgrimage, with a focus on youth. Over 100,000 young people from around the world make pilgrimages to Taizé each year for prayer, Bible study, sharing, and communal work. Through the community's ecumenical outlook, they are encouraged to live in the spirit of kindness, simplicity and reconciliation.
Sunday, August 6, 2017 "To Take Back Our Own Listening: Reclaiming Contemplation" by Dr. Diana Davies. For thousands of years, people of different faith traditions have found a deeper connection to their spirit by retreating into solitude. But how realistic is this practice of contemplative seclusion in today's hyper-connected world? Is it possible to retreat from society and to work for justice at the same time? Or is it selfish to seek solitude? How can we incorporate contemplation into our lives today?
Diana Davies recently graduated from Meadville Lombard Theological School. Before entering seminary, she worked in the field of international education for over 20 years, most recently serving as Vice Provost for International Initiatives at Princeton University. Diana is currently serving as the Summer Minister of Worship Arts at First Unitarian Church of Baltimore and is preparing to see the Ministerial Fellowship Committee in September.