A labyrinth is a prayer tool found in many cultures and religious traditions around the world. The labyrinth has been used as spiritual tools for over 3,500 years. Within the Christian tradition, labyrinths were located at cathedrals during the Middle Ages when it became too dangerous for people to make pilgrimages to Jerusalem. These labyrinths provided symbolic pilgrimages. Today, labyrinths are used by people of many faith traditions (and no particular faith tradition) as a form of walking meditation and contemplative prayer.
First United’s Walk in Peace Labyrinth is open to the public. It was a gift from our pARTners program and is the work of many hands. It was built beginning in September of 2005 with donated materials and volunteer labor given to create this sacred space. A dedication ceremony was held in May of 2006. It is of the medieval type with eleven circuits along its mown-in path.
The labyrinth is located at the back of our property behind the fenced playground. It can be accessed from the back parking lot. There are benches and shade trees; bring a journal and perhaps a cup of coffee! Sunrise, sunset, and twilight are delightful times to walk.
Walking the Labyrinth
The labyrinth is an ancient design enlarged into a walking path for prayer and meditation. It has only one winding path with no tricks or decisions to be made. Walkers simply follow the path to the center, emptying their minds and hearts of worries and concerns as they proceed, stop for a time in the center, and then follow the same path to the entrance/exit. Its path invites walkers to reflect and discover.