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What's a Labyrinth?

 

Labyrinths are ancient spiritual places where people find renewal. Some are on the floors of great cathedrals, and some are outside the doors of a church - open to all.

The labyrinth shown at right is buffered by a small contemplation garden. It is on the lawn of a small church, and is the example I showed to Baptist leaders.

I asked for something similar, with a small plaque saying:


"Dedicated in prayer for victims of clergy sex abuse
  and in honor of their efforts to reclaim life and faith."

Labyrinth at Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC

For that simple request, I was threatened, shunned and stonewalled by church and denominational leaders.

At the Baptist General Convention of Texas, some officials initially said they would do this, but then they cut off communication, never built the labyrinth, and never explained why.

A labyrinth has no dead ends. Wherever we are, we are on our path. It is a place where, even when we stand most distant, we can turn yet again and find a strong center of peace.

"Stand at the crossroads and look;

ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is,
and walk in it,

and you will find rest for your souls."

Jeremiah 6:16

Learn more about labyrinths. Find a walkable labyrinth near you. Try an online interactive labyrinth.