The first “third Tuesday” labyrinth walk was on September 20, 2016. Five people walked the Circle of Peace™ labyrinth or finger walked a table top labyrinth.
Debby Wilson had this to say about her experience:
Being new to the church I decided to open my heart and mind to experience the labyrinth walk. It was my first time and I found it to be a very soothing and calming experience. I think each time I walk in the future it will become a deeper spiritual experience for me.
Here are pictures from this evening. Click each picture to view a larger version on it.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at 7:00 pm is the next walk in the Parish Hall. If you have questions, contact Bee Jay Mar on most Sundays. Or, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is a labyrinth?
Labyrinths have existed from ancient Greece and pre-Columbian America. There has been a rebirth in using them as a spritual practice.
Walking a labyrinth centers your mind. You can have an intention as you follow the path, or not. There is no one right way to do this. Each person experiences it differently.
Are labyrinths Christian? The short answer is yes!
The first Christian labyrinth is found in Algiers. It is of the Roman style, repeating the phrase “Holy Church” in Latin. It dates form about 324 CE.
The first walking labyrinth may be found in Chartres Cathedral, outside Paris. That design is an eleven circuit, cruciform labyrinth. It dates from about 1220 CE, based on the fire and rebuilding of the cathedral.
Circle of Peace labyrinth
These monthly walks at Church of the Redeemer use the Circle of Peace labyrinth. It is a 7-circuit concentric circle pattern. A contemporary design, it blends elements of the classical and medieval patterns.
This design is most similar to a manuscript labyrinth drawn around the year 1000 in Oxfordshire, England. It is attributed to an abbot of the Abingdon Abbey. It has six circuits.
Adding another circuit between the three outer paths, as this one does, with the three inner paths symbolically connects the labyrinth walker’s outer self and inner, spiritual self.
(Description of the Circle of Peace labyrinth taken from Lisa Gidlow-Moriarty, pathsofpeace.com.)
Church of the Redeemer
Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. We are a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.
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