During either coffee hour on July 10, 2016, explore “finger walking” on a labyrinth at Church of the Redeemer. The coffee hours start at about 9:00 am and 11:30 am. Take this opportunity to try this.
A labyrinth is an ancient prayer tool found on all continents and in various cultures. It provides a structured way to spend quiet time with the Holy.
As a part of finger walking on July 10, you have an opportunity to “walk” for peace. There will be themed walks around recent violence leading to death, both in our country and around the world.
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.
Why are we using coffee hour for labyrinths?
A small group of the parish, including Fr. Jed, is interested in establishing a labyrinth ministry for ourselves and the larger community. Labyrinth walking is a wonderful prayer tool.
A community labyrinth event allows us to invite people outside the parish to begin learning about us as they discover the advantages of labyrinths.
By offering finger walking on a table top labyrinth at coffee hour, more of us can learn about the using labyrinths as a spiritual practice.
We have a canvass labyrinth available for walking. The current plan is to provide basic training in September 2016. Then, the plan is to offer the first labyrinth to the the wider community in October.
Church of the Redeemer
Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 Northeast 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.