Br. Emmanuel of the Taizé Community in France will visit St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in late October as part of a pilgrimage to Texas. The Taizé Community is an ecumenical Christian community dedicated to peace, and Taizé prayer services are renowned worldwide for their simple, repetitive, graceful prayers in multiple languages.
Br. Emmanuel will lead a Taizé prayer service at St. Paul’s Thursday, October 25, at 6 p.m. The Taizé service normally held at St. Paul’s on the third Thursday of the month will not be held this month.
The elements of a Taizé prayer service are music, prayer, and silent reflections rather than speaking or preaching. Prior to this service, Br. Emmanuel will speak about Taizé and prayer.
“In a world that lacks civility, lacks dialogue, and lacks understanding across cultures, this community is a model of peace and kindness that gives us something to emulate,” said Rev. Gail Williford, St. Paul’s Minister for Spiritual Formation and a Certified Spiritual Director.
“All people, but especially young people, find in Taizé a moment of peace, hope, and truth and a connection to God,” she continued. “We particularly encourage youth and young adults of all nationalities and cultures to attend this service and invite their friends,” she continued.
“Br. Emmanuel’s coming to Houston is recognition of the growing importance of this area as a center of both population and diversity,” Rev. Williford concluded.
Those attending this service are invited particularly to walk either of St. Paul’s labyrinths — on the church’s front lawn or in the Activity Center on the sanctuary building’s second floor. The outdoor labyrinth is available for anyone to walk in peace and meditation at any time.
St. Paul’s is located at 5501 Main Street at Binz/Bissonnet, across from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Free parking is available across Fannin Street from the church, and the Museum District MetroRail stops are within walking distance of the church. Website: www.stpaulshouston.org.