Saturday, August 24, 4-6 p.m.
A labyrinth is a winding path, laid out in an intricate and beautiful design. Although it looks like a maze, it is actually just a single path, with no wrong turns or dead ends, that leads from the outer edge through a series of turns to the center.
Although labyrinth designs have appeared in many different cultures for thousands of years, it is believed they first appeared in Christian churches about eight centuries ago. At that time, it was common for Christian believers in Europe to make pilgrimages to the Holy Land where Jesus had lived. During the middle ages when the crusades made travel to Jerusalem dangerous, labyrinths were laid out in several Christian cathedrals in Europe, as places where pilgrims could go and make a spiritual pilgrimage in safety through the winding paths of the labyrinth.
Our labyrinth, which is painted on the floor of our church Fellowship Hall, is based on the design of the great labyrinth laid in stone in the floor of the cathedral in Chartres, France.
Although they fell into disuse in recent centuries, there has been a rediscovery and renewal of interest in labyrinths as ways to pray and connect with God's Holy Spirit. Walking a labyrinth can be a surprisingly powerful experience. Come and give it a try! You can come and go as you wish -- it usually takes about 30 minutes to walk the labyrinth at a relaxed pace. Wear comfortable clothing, and perhaps good socks if you would like to walk without shoes.
Future labyrinth walks are tentatively planned for Saturdays, October 19, and December 7, 2013, 4:00-6:00 p.m.