There are many things to ponder in this post (e.g. changing forms of service to connect with those bothering to turn up).
But the ut unum sint in me is particularly taken by these two comments:
"Brother Roger was deeply committed to the task of reconciliation – of having people of different viewpoints listen to one another respectfully and pray and work together without necessarily coming to agree with each other."
"This community of monks [at Taize] is made up of Roman Catholics, Protestants, Anglicans, and Eastern Orthodox – forming a parable of reconciliation."Here is a thought. For Christians 'person of the year' competitions and such like must be judged on likeness to Christ, not on (e.g.) power, wealth or good looks. If we were to ask who was the most Christ-like person of the 20th century, we would have more than a few competitors.
But what is Christ-likeness if it is not being like Christ in reconciling conflicted humanity, in making peace between divided people and in breaking down barriers between separated men and women?
And was not, and is not still today, the great hallmark of Taize that it lives, breathes and prays ut unim sint, the precious prayer of Christ himself?