Posts Tagged ‘2015 Labyrinth Walks

06
Oct
15

10.6.15 … Did you know that Fitz attached to a name means “bastard of”? That makes Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pride and Prejudice an even funnier name …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Labyrinth Walks, Sardis Baptist – Charlotte NC, We Walk Together Charlotte:

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I love it when my worlds collide. Today on the 18th We Walk Together Charlotte, I introduced some new friends to labyrinths.

But first we had another wonderful inspirational reading from Gail:

 “As we stand here in the parking lot of a Baptist church, let’s think for a moment about one of the things that baptist churches consider very important: baptism, specifically in many cases, baptism by immersion – which means your whole body goes under the water. As we walk together this morning, let’s talk about things we often need to do or learn by immersion. The first example that comes to mind for me is language learning. You have to put yourself in a place and situation where the only language you can use is the target language, the one you are trying to learn. Are there situations in our lives that force us to learn by immersion? For example, intimate relationships or parenting. Perhaps certain jobs. Perhaps an unwanted diagnosis or a natural disaster or some other challenging circumstance. There’s no escape – you just have to jump in and deal with it, as hard as it may be. What are some of the good and not-so-good life lessons you have learned through baptism by immersion?”   

Our walk started/ended at Providence Baptist Church and we walked to Sardis Baptist Church and back (3 miles roundtrip).

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A great walk with great people on a beautiful day!!

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And I learned something new … Did you know that Fitz attached to a name means “bastard of”? That makes Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pride and Prejudice an even funnier name. And I thought it sounded snobby!! (I have a cat named Fitzwilliam Darcy; he came from the animal shelter.)

10.6.15

08
Jul
15

7.8.15 …a garden, a spiritual oasis, a place where friendship that crosses every ethnicity, culture and faith tradition can grow,” but “no smoking – please respect this sacred space …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Labyrinth Walks, Mercer University – Atlanta Campus, Atlanta GA, Interfaith Prayer Garden:

 

So I saw an article about this new labyrinth a while back and I knew I would eventually find it. And there it was in the very far corner of the West Parking lot. I must admit it makes for a nice addition to the campus.

They labyrinth designer probably made a mistake with materials. The boundaries are large smooth river rocks and the paths are broken pieces of slate. This eliminates the option of walking barefoot.

The designers did, however, put a full Chartres style labyrinth in the space, which I greatly appreciate. There are two signs that say “no smoking – please respect this sacred space.” I think it humorous that smoking is their first thought in terms of desecration.

Nice walk on a new found labyrinth.

Here’s the article:

 

The site, which is located on an island in the West Parking Lot on campus, also includes a labyrinth and outdoor classroom and is intended to be “a garden, a spiritual oasis, a place where friendship that crosses every ethnicity, culture and faith tradition can grow,” said Charlotte Connah, co-chair of the Baptist-Muslim Committee of the CBF/GA Interfaith Task Force. The task force is a partner organization of the University’s McAfee School of Theology. “This campus is wondrously rich in diversity, and this committee fully believes that our young people are our future’s best shot at building a better world, one of bridges rather than walls, one of dialogue rather than reaction, one of friendship and not division,” Connah said during Thursday’s ceremony. Connah had the vision for an interfaith prayer garden on Mercer’s campus three years ago and shared her idea with Mercer President William D. Underwood, Senior Vice President for the Atlanta Campus Richard V. Swindle and McAfee Dean R. Alan Culpepper. A fundraising campaign was initiated through CBF/GA and received contributions from approximately 40 donors representing multiple religious faiths and walks of life. The lead gift was made by Aziz Dhanani, CEO of Premier Petroleum Inc., who has significantly contributed to the Atlanta area through his involvement with the local Muslim community and his philanthropic endeavors. The garden was dedicated in memory of his parents, Zehrakhanu and Allauddin Dhanani. “Aziz, you and fellow Muslims have taken a big step by investing in this historically Baptist institution, and we hope you will find this to be only the beginning of a relationship that will cross religious and cultural boundaries and make all of us better and more tolerant people,” Underwood said. Landscaper Andrew Powell designed and planted the garden, and Dr. John Rhodes,  past president of the Labyrinth Society, provided step-by-step guidance for construction of the labyrinth, a path intended to invite walking prayer and spiritual reflection. Students, faculty, staff and community members all participated in the placement of stones and slate chips in the days leading up to the dedication ceremony. Additional participants in the dedication ceremony included Dr. Loyd Allen, Sylvan Hills Baptist Church Professor of Church History and Spiritual Formation at Mercer; Imam Plemon El-Amin, Imam Emeritus of the Atlanta Masjid of Al Islam; Dr. Joe LaGuardia, Senior Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Conyers; the Rev. Wayne Martin, chair of the Baptist-Jewish Committee of the CBF/GA Interfaith Task Force; and Rabbi Scott Colbert, Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in Atlanta.

Source: Mercer Dedicates Interfaith Prayer Garden on Atlanta Campus

The “Mighty Mo” Organ – The Fox Theatre

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The Organ was valued at $400,000 in 1974 and today its value is priceless. It is the giant Möller theatre organ “Mighty Mo” that is the Fox Theatre’s crown jewel. This irreplaceable relic of movie theatre lore is a masterpiece of organ design, capable of producing sound as delicate as a dainty piccolo to wall-shuddering accompaniment for a battle scene. From Beethoven to Sousa, Mighty Mo has no rival in ability and versatility.

Source: The “Mighty Mo” Organ – The Fox Theatre

Source: The “Mighty Mo” Organ – The Fox Theatre

 

02
Jul
15

7.2.15 … grounded by grace and gladness …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Labyrinth Walks, St. James Cathedral, 4th Presbyterian Church, Chicago IL:

St. James Cathedral is a yellow stone with red trim around the windows and red doors at the front. It is covered in scaffolding, and I found the labyrinth on the side of the church which is wonderful because it is easily accessible to all.

I walked around the church before I “walked.” I found the security covers on the parish house windows to be wrought iron forming the St. James scallops. Of course, that gives me a smile. The next thing I noticed was the public art sculpture of the red foot with the boot print underneath. It sits on the ground near one of the steps to the front entrances of the church. I also peeked into the lovely garden before I returned to the labyrinth and walked it.

Although I generally do not like the abbreviated Chartres style labyrinth with seven circuits, this one is so tight that it it slows down your timing, and I found it refreshing. I thought about two quotes, the first is the one that I saw on a 1952 mini BMW in the Garmin store window on Michigan Avenue – “The world revolves around us. We pick the coordinate systems.” – and the second is the one at the church – “A Place of Grace and Gladness.” Quite a contrast.

My walk was delightful. The fog that covered the tall buildings around me lifted but there was a hubbub of activity at 6:45 in the morning. It amazed me to be in a real city. I noticed the small birds in the tree and then they hopped down, and two of them joined me on the labyrinth as I finished my walk. They were chirping loudly. Such a delightful walk.

Thank you St. James Cathedral!

After my labyrinth walk, I walked down Michigan Avenue to Fourth Presbyterian Church. It’s funny because I came here multiple times when I lived in Chicago both as a young adult at 19 and during the four years that I lived in Wilmette, and I always spent time in the lovely garden on the Michigan Avenue side of the church. I first walked in that area this morning.

I walked around the church looking for the chapel thinking it would be in the old part of the church. To my surprise there is a modern addition at the back of the church, and it was in that modern addition that the chapel is located. It is dedicated to the long-term minister who retired in 2012.

The labyrinth was inlaid in a marble floor in this modern chapel. It is a full Chartres. Because the setting is really a monochromatic blank space, i was really focused on walking, meditation and prayer. I was also completely undistracted by birds, by nature, by the hubbub of the city.

So my two walks were vastly different, both spiritual and both absolutely lovely.

Thank you Fourth Pres.!!

I then bolted back and enjoyed breakfast with GoGo while looking at Moses.

And then a special treat … Coffee with an old friend and neighbor from Wilmette, Nora Weir.

And there was irony – as I left Chicago, I noticed the inlaid compass rose at the blue line station …

So what is my coordinate system? I’m hoping I’m grounded by grace and gladness.

7.2.15

07
Jun
15

6.7.15 … Staying in the lines while you walk the labyrinth, is that like coloring in the lines?

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Labyrinth Walks, Myers Park Baptist Church- Charlotte NC:

I’m in need of a short walk…

Staying in the lines while you walk the labyrinth, is that like coloring in the lines?

A bird soaring overhead …

June 7, 2015

14
Feb
15

2.14.14 … The Labyrinth allows you to “put feet on your prayers, ” and experience a walking meditation that connects mind, body, and spirit …

“Solvitur  Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Labyrinth Walks,  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Greensboro NC:
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I have to tell you, I heard about this labyrinth three years ago at the labyrinth conference at Avondale  Presbyterian Church. There were members of their Labyrinth Keepers Guild at the conference. At the time, I was new to labyrinths and I had never heard of a labyrinth keepers guild.
“A labyrinth is a divine imprint that is found in various forms in all religious traditions around the world. A labyrinth has only one path, so there are no tricks to it and no dead ends. The pathway in is the same as the pathway out. The labyrinth becomes a mirror for where we are in our lives, and a metaphor for our spiritual journey. A walk through the labyrinth touches our sorrows and releases our joys.
The Labyrinth Keepers are an ecumenical group dedicated to providing education and opportunities for people to experience transformation through walking the Labyrinth.
The Labyrinth allows you to “put feet on your prayers, ” and experience a walking meditation that connects mind, body, and spirit. Labyrinth Keepers lead a Prayer Walk the third Monday of each month, 12:15 – 1 p.m. “

Well, the Labyrinth Keepers have done an excellent job.  The first thing I noticed as I entered the garden were the chines in the two large oak trees.
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The labyrinth is a full Chartres and is made of stone pavers.  The labyrinth centers a stone garden which contains a columbarium wall.  The pavers are sublet colors.
The labyrinths center contains what  looks like a a repurposed baptismal font as a fountain. There are small benches in each of the petals of the center.  This labyrinth  is very intentional as is the one at Avondale. Every detail has been considered.
In the lunations  around the edge, they are planned sites for memorials. for cremated parishioners. I assume the ashes have been placed in the garden.  It’s a new and unusual use of lunation space. There’s also a wall/columbarium. I mentioned at the IMG_2159  IMG_2150  IMG_2154
in Marietta that I did not like having the columbarium in the center. I admit that I much prefer the Avondale approach of  having it in the same garden but off to the side. This arrangement, however, does not bother me,  but I still prefer it to be separate.
If it were damp outside, I would not be able to follow the path because the pavers are such similar colors. However this works today because it is a dry day. I like the personalization of this labyrinth; this church’s Labyrinth Keepers have claimed it as their own.
And the moss … Do you plant moss?
Serenity Prayer, Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
Amen.

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13
Feb
15

2.13.15 … full circuit Chartres … fun … rock with ground up glass as the pathway … green, blue, white and yellow … Sunny and cold and whimsical …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Labyrinth Walks, New Hope Presbyterian Church and Camp-Chapel Hill North Carolina:

This really is an old fashion camp. I’ve been at CLE all morning, and that’s another subject, because I’ve gone to four that were really really great.

This labyrinth is a full circuit Chartres and the only one I could find in the area. This labyrinth is fun; it is made of rock with ground up glass as the pathway. I see green, blue, white and yellow.

It is large, 54 feet wide. It is slightly larger than ideal, but it adds to the whimsy.

Brochure:

Sunny and cold and whimsical …

2.13.15

11
Feb
15

2.11.15 … the setting is wonderful, it is multi sensory (sounds of water and wind chimes, temperature changes as you go in and out of the shade, visual focal points with movement) and it is a full Chartres of the perfect size …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Labyrinth Walks, Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte:

Gorgeous early morning walk …

The weather is turning cold again, but it makes me look forward to my 40 Lenten walks.

This labyrinth is one of my favorites: the setting is wonderful, it is multi sensory (sounds of water and wind chimes, temperature changes as you go in and out of the shade, visual focal points with movement), and it is a full Chartres of the perfect size.

A nice way to start my day.

2.11.15

10
Feb
15

2.10.15 … waves iii …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Labyrinth Walks, Davidson College Labyrinth and Peace Garden/Hobart Park, kith/kin:

Nothing could be finer than to meet your college roommate at Davidson for breakfast, a labyrinth walk and campus visit.

Enough said …

2.10.15

31
Jan
15

1.31.15 … Very peaceful despite the noise … I am powerless … But there is a God …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Labyrinth Walks, Christ Church School Lower School – Greenville SC:

It is a beautiful sunny winter day. The shadows of the trees on the labyrinth are wonderful.

The path is made of broken stone and thus i have to be very careful where I walk. In addition, the path is very narrow, only the width of my foot.

The wind is wrestling in the few leaves remaining on winter trees.

It is noisy; loud construction noises

This is a really beautiful labyrinth, which gives one lots of hope for their use. I hope the school’s children will use the labyrinth, learn its history and travel to France to see the original.

Very peaceful despite the noise … I am powerless … But there is a God.

1.31.15

26
Jan
15

1.26.15 … There is a cold wind a blowin’ …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Labyrinth Walks, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church:

There is a cold wind a blown’.

Nice “mini” Chartres …

A give them kudos for the effort, but I really wish labyrinth builders would research the “sacred geometry” concept. The abbreviated labyrinths make a nice garden, but they miss the point on the larger spiritual scale.

I still enjoy seeking out new ones … but there is another in this town I like better.

Be safe my New England friends …




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