Our 7-circuit Santa Rosa-style labyrinth is now open for public use 24 / 7 / 365. It was originally created as an Eagle Scout project using bricks embedded in the lawn behind the church. It went untended for a period of time and had become almost completely overgrown. In the summer and fall of 2013 several dedicated volunteers spent many hours cutting back the turf to expose the bricks and bringing this beautiful labyrinth back to life.
Labyrinths as spiritual tools within the Christian tradition date back to at least the fourth century, and were in considerable use by the Franco-Christian community in the late 12th century. Today labyrinths are once again in wide use by Christians across North America, Europe, portions of Africa and in other global communities. Labyrinths are used in a variety of ways for a variety of purposes, from therapeutic to pietistic, pragmatic to mystical and intuitive. The labyrinth can be a metaphor for our spiritual journey. As a spiritual practice walking the labyrinth offers us a powerful tool with which to develop greater intimacy with God, with one’s self, and with the wider human community. There is no one “right” way to walk a labyrinth. It is a tool to help you pay attention to the presence of the Sacred in your life. Whatever happens becomes a part of the experience – an opportunity for Spirit to move in your life. Feel free to try things out. Walk with a question. Walk with no agenda. Walk in silence. Walk with a song or a hymn or a scripture verse. Pay attention to your breathing. Pay attention to what feelings come up for you. Each walk will be unique. Be open and discover how God might be speaking to you in each present moment.