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A Taize prayer service, characterized by candles, subdued light and a peaceful atmosphere, will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Basalt at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17.

People are invited to sit on the floor or in their seats. Singing is led by voices or with some instruments.

“The music is easy to sing and to memorize,” said the Rev. Mary Kate Schroeder, who will lead the service.



Schroeder said Taize prayer comes from a monastery in Taize, France. The monastic community was founded by a Brother Roger during World War II.

“He helped shelter Jews during the persecution until the town was occupied and he went into hiding,” said Schroeder.



Brother Roger returned in Taize in 1944, and with a handful of others established a community of peace and reconciliation. By 1949, the community had grown, and members described it as a place where people seek reconciliation every day.

Today, hundreds of monastics live at the monastery year-round, and the brothers welcome thousands of young people from all races and faiths. The young people typically stay for a week or longer, and pray three times a day.

Schroeder, before moving to Basalt, took a group of 12 people to Taize in June 2000, and has traveled there herself.

“We decided to do this in light of the dramatic violent events that have taken place in our world this year,” said Schroeder, who will be joined Sunday by Yvette MacEachen of St. Vincent’s Roman Catholic Church.

For the services, the Taize community has written short, simple songs that are sung repeatedly, interspersed with silence and prayer.

“The songs allow people to be uncluttered by words, and surrounded by music,” Schroeder said.

Taize music has been used around the world, including the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass.

For more information, call 927-4235, or visit http://www.taize.fr.

Taize prayer will also be held at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church in Basalt at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 7.

Baha’is discuss religious wars

The Baha’is Under the Provisions of the Covenant present “An End to Religious Difference” at the Glenwood Springs Library at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16.

“On Sept. 11, major religious based violence made it to American soil,” said Colin O’Brien, who will present the program. “There are currently 18 major religious wars being fought on the globe at this moment. When and how is this going to end?” O’Brien continued.

O’Brien said the word religion comes from the Latin word “religio,” which means “to bind together.”

“Any religion that causes division and conflict is actually irreligion, and comes from the minds of men, not God,” O’Brien said. “If we don’t seek the solution, and work to end religious difference, religious difference may end us.”

For more information, call 984-0568.

Carpool offered to Marble

Barbara Rynearson is offering a carpool up to the 10 a.m. Marble Community Church service on Sunday, Feb. 17. For details, call 384-1570. The Rev. Linda Arocha-Boylan leads the service, with Karen Tafejian on organ. Communion will be observed. For more information, call 927-9771.

Carlson is guest minister

The Rev. Jeff Carlson will be guest minister at the First Presbyterian Church at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. Visitors are invited for refreshments after the service.

Naropa student delivers

Penny Rather, a Unitarian Universalist ministry student at the Buddhist inspired Naropa Institute in Boulder, delivers the sermon “Religious Symbols for Unitarian Universalists” at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Glenwood Springs at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17.

“Many Unitarian Universalists have come out of religious backgrounds that left them antagonistic toward religious symbols,” Rather said. “But there is something in the human experience that longs for expression of the inexpressible, and religious symbols address this need.”

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Glenwood Springs meets at the Glenwood Springs Community Center on the Midland Avenue bypass. Visitors are welcome, and a brief coffee social precedes each service. For more information, call Jan or Pat at 928-8721, or visit the website at http://www.lizardweb.com.

Taize Prayer held

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Basalt holds a Taize Prayer at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. For details, call 927-4235.

Music program presented

The husband/wife team of J.D. Martin and Jan Garrett perform “music from the heart and for the spirit” at the Grand Junction Church of Religious Science at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Martin has written several country/western hits, including Reba McIntrye’s “Love Will Find It’s Way to You.”

Garrett, a former Aspen resident, was a singer for the group, Liberty, and toured and recorded with John Denver.

The Grand Junction Church of Religious Science is located at 1622 Glenwood Avenue. For details, call 970-242-2043.

Church at Carbondale meets

The Church at Carbondale invites everyone to services each Sunday at 9 a.m. Programs for all ages are also offered. The Church at Carbondale meets at Roaring Fork High School, just off Highway 133. For more information, call 963-8773.

St. Mary’s holds Spanish services

St. Mary’s of the Crown Catholic Church holds Spanish language mass each Sunday at 5:30 p.m. The church is located outside Carbondale at the top of White Hill, and the Rev. Thomas Bradtke is the pastor. For details, call 704-0820.

Redstone services held

The Church at Redstone holds services Sundays at 10 a.m., with adult and children’s education classes at 9 a.m. For more information on educational opportunities, call pastor Bruce Gledhill at 963-0326.

Thomasville services held

The Basalt Methodist Church holds services with the Rev. Marie Gasau in Thomasville Sundays at 7 p.m.

Episcopal Church meets

The Rev. Mary Kate Schroeder officiates at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church services each Sunday in Basalt. Services are held at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Morning prayer and Bible study groups are held Thursdays at 9:10 a.m. The church is located at 200 Elk Drive. For more information, call 927-4235.

A Spiritual Center meets

A Spiritual Center holds 10 a.m. Sunday services in Carbondale at 0695 Buggy Circle. For more information, call 927-0188.

After-school programs offered

Basalt Methodist Church holds Tuesday School for elementary school age kids each Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m., and Do Drop In for middle school age kids on Fridays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The programs are geared toward character development through crafts, music and other avenues. “The whole point is to develop character and values,” said Rev. Marie Gasau, “but it’s not overly religious.” Snacks are also served. For more information call 927-4098. The church is located at 200 E. Homestead.


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