The program, “Song, Scripture and Silence: An Advent Retreat in the Manner of Taizé,” will be held at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center from Dec.2 to Dec. 4 .
The interfaith community of Taizé, France created its common prayer using contemplative song, written by community members and punctuated with scripture readings and times of silence. Taize prayer, three times daily, will form the basis for individual and group exploration of Advent themes. Participants who are musicians are asked to consider bringing their instrument.
The presenters are Melinda and Bruce Gardiner. Bruce is a presenter of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina, and was commissioned by Fr. Thomas Keating and Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. Melinda is a cantor, harpist, and Executive Director of the Music for Healing and Transition Program, Inc. They have been leading Taize prayer gatherings for more than fifteen years.