Beyond Tolerance Searching for Interfaith Understanding in America Gustav Niebuhr Viking, $15, 256 pp. Since 9/11 there has been a small but steady undercurrent of religious intolerance that has erupted now and again in violence.
ment in the Book of Isaiah: “The Word future consideration. Others one wants and eventually became a model for other of Our God will stand forever” (40:8). to send along to somebody else right ecumenical communities. The author Here, as in the rest of the book, the au- away. I am going to send my copy of I’d also discusses the community’s evolving thor makes the familiar unfamiliar; like Rather Teach Peace to the people who di- relationship with the Catholic Church. the Good Householder in the Gospel, he rect Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic (Brother Roger’s successor, Brother Alois, is able to draw forth old things and new. Education (ACE)—and suggest that they is a Catholic from Germany.) The Bible Is for Living is a fitting coda to give a copy to every new teacher going off Taizé is justly credited with having the career of this accomplished priest from ACE to serve in Catholic schools reintroduced the monastic charism to and scholar. for two years. It doesn’t matter whether twentieth-century Protestantism, but they are teaching courses on peace and it is also authentically ecumenical, in- nonviolent reconciliation. In McCarthy’s cluding Roman Catholics and Orthodox I’d Rather Teach Peace book they will discover how a student’s Christians as well as Protestants. The Colman McCarthy life can be changed by a great teacher, community is well known for its “Taizé Orbis Books, $16, 160 pp. and how a great teacher thinks. Prayer,” which has spread throughout the world, and for its special appeal to Colman McCarthy’s I’d Rather Teach the young who come from all over the Peace, which made its first appearance A Community Called Taizé world to deepen their Christian faith and A Story of Prayer, Worship and six years ago, is now available in an af- hear the Taizé message of reconciliation Reconciliation fordable paperback edition from Orbis in Christ. Among the many good things Jason Brian Santos Press. McCarthy, a longtime columnist for InterVarsity Press, $15, 204 pp. in this book is an excellent discussion the Washington Post, is both a contrarian of the development of the Taizé style of and a peacemaker. For decades he taught prayer and chant, with its roots in the courses on peace and reconciliation to A few years ago, Jason Santos, a former pioneering work of the French Jesuit students drawn from Georgetown Law, youth minister who is now studying at Joseph Gelineau. inner-city public schools, fancy private Princeton Theological Seminary, decided While this book is no substitute for the academies, and juvenile prisons. Fre- to visit Taizé, the famous ecumenical writings of Taizé’s members—especially quently, he taught those courses for no community in France. At the first prayer those of Brother Roger and the now-de- pay to students who were—at least to service he attended, the community’s ceased theologian Max Thurian—it is a begin with—less than eager. founder, Brother Roger, was stabbed to worthy introduction to one of the most I’d Rather Teach Peace is a record of death by a deranged woman. The hor- interesting and edifying movements in those experiences, as well as a vade rible event did not deter Santos from the Christian world today.
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