Because there is no fixed length to the song, attentiveness is nurtured. People remain seated during the singing in order to encourage centeredness. The Brothers also recognize the value of silence, something we are short on in our daily lives. So following each song is a moment of silence for personal reflection and communion. It is meant to be a time of calm and satisfaction, when words and thoughts are not needed.
Silence requires a kind of simplicity that sets aside our worries and fears, that allows us to anchor ourselves in trust, hope and the wonder of life. Many Unitarian Universalist churches worldwide are turning to the Taizé form of worship to create meaningful contemplative services for their own members. The service today is meant to bring together the structure of Taizé worship with the elements of our UU faith at Emerson. We will use our own hymns, prayers and rituals to do Taizé the UU way.