For our labyrinth walk for February, we will build on the Global Healing Response’s Quarterly Walk: Love and Courage. This walk is on February 21, 2017, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the parish hall at Church of the Redeemer in Kenmore, Washington.
Each year, Global Healing Response chooses a theme. Then they provide quarterly outlines for guided walks. The theme for all of 2017 is Love. Courage is a further theme for the first quarter.
Come for the walk from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. As always, there are table top labyrinths available for those who prefer to finger walk or use a stylus.
If you want, come at 6:30 pm to blossom the labyrinth. If you can, stay after 8:00 pm to fold and store it.
Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 Northeast 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. Everyone is welcome. There is no charge to participate.
Courage, as exemplified by the lioness. Photograph by Warren Lynn. Accessed through Global Healing Response. Used with permission.
Upcoming labyrinth walks
The walk on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, will have a Lenten theme.
Then, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, is during Easter Week (Bright Week). Come prepared to walk the Road to Emmaus. You won’t want to miss this one!
Question and answers about labyrinths
What’s the difference between a labyrinth and a maze?
In common conversation, the two terms are used interchangeably. However, there is a difference.
Maze: Think of corn mazes in the fall. There are lots of choices. You can get lost on the way to finding the center. There are lots of giggles. They are good for the endorphins.
Labyrinth: There is one, curving path. There are no choices. You can walk purposefully and concentrate on finding your own center.
Are labyrinths Christian?
Short Answer: Yes!
The first Christian labyrinth is found in Algiers. It is of the Roman style. The center repeats the phrase “Holy Church” in Latin. The date is about 324 CE.
The first walking labyrinth may be found in Chartres Cathedral, outside Paris. The design is an eleven circuit, cruciform labyrinth. The date is about 1220 CE, based on the fire and rebuilding of the cathedral.
Why should I walk a labyrinth?
The labyrinth provides an opportunity to be quiet before the Holy One. Some walk for just that reason.
Others walk a labyrinth to work on solving a problem, or for an intention for self or others.
Labyrinths can be walked to recognize and ritualize liturgical holy days and personal special events.
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.