Labyrinth: Journeys of Faith

Over the past two years, a dedicated team has been exploring how the labyrinth might enhance our own prayer experiences and be a blessing to the larger community. Bee Jay Mar, a Veriditas-trained Facilitator, is “The Keeper of the Labyrinth.

An ongoing practice of labyrinth walking can be an exciting and meaningful discipline. Labyrinth walking, whether on one’s feet or on a table top with a finger or stylus, can add to the journey of faith.

The labyrinth provides opportunities for walking meditation and visual contemplation. The first definitively Christian labyrinth is dated about 324 CE at Al-Asnam, in what is now Algeria. Many of the early labyrinths were designed for finger walking or visual contemplation.

In 1991, the Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress, then Cannon at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, visited the labyrinth at Notre Dame de Chartres. She returned to America to awaken the Christian churches to the advantages of labyrinths.

Our main labyrinth is an original design by Dan Niven. Dan has designed and installed many labyrinths in the Puget Sound region. His description follows:

Over the past fifteen-plus years, I’ve created many circular designs, and am also drawn to patterns which emerge out of a series of nested polygons. A common medieval labyrinth shape was octagonal with a flat base—imagine a stop sign—occasionally rotated 22.5 degrees to create on “on-point” look. I use this motif often, sometimes increasing the number of sides to twelve, creating the dodecagonal shape employed in this cruciform five-circuit design. Paths are wide enough for those using a walker. The middle is 3.5 circuits wide or about quarter of the overall width, a common ratio for labyrinths with an expanded center.

Naming a labyrinth gives us a sense of identity with the walks that will take place on the labyrinth. As ours has twelve sides, it seems fitting to name her “The Twelve Apostles.”

Brendan, who is honored in our ministry, is the patron saint of navigators. Celtic Christians set out on pilgrimage to find their place of resurrection without, it must be said, a specific destination. And, their coracles, small hide-covered twig boats, had no rudder and no oars. They trusted the Spirit to guide them through the winds and ocean currents. Such is often the journey of the labyrinth: a journey of faith, to parts unknown

Walks are hosted each third Tuesday, during the program year, in the parish hall in the undercroft. A guided walk begins at 7:00 pm and lasts about an hour. The team prepares the labyrinth space at 6:30 pm. The team will begin storing the labyrinth supplies at 8:00 pm. Join in set up and storing or simply to walk.

Find additional information on our labyrinth and purposes on this website.

Still have questions? Just ask. Send an email message to labyrinth@redeemer-kenmore.org.

Church of the Redeemer

Community life at Redeemer centers on worship in the Episcopal traditionArt and music vitally deepen this worship. Our faith expresses itself with service to people, locally to internationally.

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.

The Episcopal Church welcomes you.