Posts Tagged ‘Eastminster Presbyterian Church – Marietta GA


2.27.20 … “Can we learn to listen to God in our minds, trusting the silence underneath the clutter of noise? Can we learn to trust the voice of God that speaks in our hearts, through feelings of pain and peace? Can we learn to sense God at work in our bodies, speaking to us through our resistances and our openness? . . .”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2020 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (2/40), 2020 Labyrinth Walks, Eastminster Presbyterian Church – Marietta GA:

I find that I circle back to quotes that I have seen before. This quote of Mother Teresa jumped out at me today:

“We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence.”

So just after I looked at this quote, I got out of the car, and, of course, I heard lots of noise from children on the playground next to the Sacred Garden. And I thought: no quiet/silence for me today. But as I approached the gate, the children and their caregivers went the other way. So I had a walk in silence, well, silence from human voices.

Before I opened the gate, I noticed for the first time this dwarf willow tree … details …

Upon opening the gate, I immediately noticed that they was an information box now. It said, “Take One,” so I do. I will review and let you what I learn. I like the effort.

This is another labyrinth that is near a busy intersection. So if i walk during the day, i hear all the noises of the traffic of the nearby intersection. So I must practice quieting my mind with all the noise around me.

Before I left for this walk, my sister and I talked about the fact that there is a columbarium at the center. And although I understand and think it would be a very special place for the families and friends of those interred, it takes away from the “center experience“ of a labyrinth walker.

I did enjoy the angel at the center. I did not appreciate her when I first walked here, but now, I think she is a nice presence; she reminds me to look around for angels. I noticed recently that there are multiple cement angels scattered throughout the garden. It is a nice touch.

There are 11 concentric octagonals at the center. That encourages me to circle 11 times. Maybe today I will make a list of 11. Maybe not …

It was bright and sunny and blustery today. But I didn’t mind walking. The sun felt good on my back. But when I walked into the shade, I had to laugh because it was noticeably colder without the sun.

I receive Richard Rohr’s daily emails. For the next bit, he will discuss enneagrams. I’ve attended a class on this and found it interesting way to learn about myself.

“Can we learn to listen to God in our minds, trusting the silence underneath the clutter of noise? Can we learn to trust the voice of God that speaks in our hearts, through feelings of pain and peace? Can we learn to sense God at work in our bodies, speaking to us through our resistances and our openness? . . .

Source: The Three Intelligence Centers — Center for Action and Contemplation,

Today’s list … Things I love about Warm Sunny Days in Winter
1. Carolina Blue sky
2. Play between Shade and light
3. Daffodils
4. Seeing trees beginning to bloom
5. Children bundled up in winter extras and playing outside
6. Robbing old man winter of his day



12.8.19 … “There is more to life than we previously imagined … “

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, 2019 Advent Walks, Eastminster Presbyterian Church-Marietta GA:

Today is the second Sunday of Advent and the theme is peace. I attended the 8:15 service at Roswell Presbyterian with my sister and her husband. The senior minister, Jeff Myers, gave a really great sermon where he juxtaposed tolerance and forbearance. He began the sermon with Isaiah 2:1-5, the plowshares verses.

1The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.


In days to come

the mountain of the Lord’s house

shall be established as the highest of the mountains,

and shall be raised above the hills;

all the nations shall stream to it.


Many peoples shall come and say,

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,

to the house of the God of Jacob;

that he may teach us his ways

and that we may walk in his paths.”

For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,

and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.


He shall judge between the nations,

and shall arbitrate for many peoples;

they shall beat their swords into plowshares,

and their spears into pruning hooks;

nation shall not lift up sword against nation,

neither shall they learn war any more.


O house of Jacob,

come, let us walk

in the light of the Lord!

And the stories that Jeff used as examples were spot on. Specifically, he told us of the rivalry between his University of Washington fraternity and the one across the street, and he began the sermon and closed the sermon with a great story of that conflict which he referred to as a tribal conflict which is typical of mankind. There was lots to ponder.

After church, I decided to make a detour to walk a labyrinth. The closest labyrinth was at Eastminster. In order to get to the memorial garden and labyrinth, I had to walk by the sanctuary. The sanctuary has clear glass windows, and I was glad that I was just a few minutes before 11 so that the congregation did not see me sneaking back to the memorial garden.

As I entered the garden, I was immediately welcomed by the sun. Although it is relatively cool, 45°, the sun made it feel much warmer..

I never noticed all the angels dispersed throughout the garden, only noting previously the angel that’s at the top the columbarium.

So I enjoyed rediscovering this quote:

“There is more to life than we previously imagined. Angels hide in every nook and cranny, magi masquerade as everyday people, and shepherds wear the garments of day laborers. The whole earth is brimming with glory for those with eyes to see and ears to hear.”

– Howard Thurman

Peace …



12.1.19 … Prepare Ye the way/Let’s do this! …

Advent 2019, Advent Week One -Hope, “Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, 2019 Advent Walks, Eastminster Presbyterian Church-Marietta GA:

Liturgical Advent and Cultural Advent align this year … somehow that makes me feel balanced …

What are you doing to prepare for the coming of Christ and the arrival of the Holiday?

Here’s what I found this morning …

Yet Advent was once (and still can be) a time of waiting, a time of hoping without knowing, a time of emptying so that we can be filled by the divine Presence. Though you may be wrapping gifts, planning special meals, and spending time with family and friends, I hope you will also take time to allow the Advent darkness to do its work as well.

Source: Richard Rohr Meditation:Waiting and Unknowing,

First Sunday of Advent Readings: Hope

Isaiah 9:2, 6-7:

“The people walking in darkness

have seen a great light;

on those living in the land of deep darkness

a light has dawned. […]

For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given,

and the government will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the greatness of his government and peace

there will be no end.

He will reign on David’s throne

and over his kingdom,

establishing and upholding it

with justice and righteousness

from that time on and forever.

The zeal of the Lord Almighty

will accomplish this.”

Source: Advent Readings for 2019 – Scripture for Lighting Wreath,

“In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

As I read this verse, I am reminded of the musical Godspell, which opens with John the Baptist singing the lyrics, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord.” Before long, he is joined by the rest of the cast, who sing in joyous unison about the coming of the Christ.

I find it fitting that even before Jesus began his ministry, people were preparing for his coming. John preached about the arrival of the kingdom, and baptized those who were willing. They all wanted Jesus to get there already. In the same way, we are called to prepare for the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven. I think that if we pursued Jesus with the same energy and love as the disciples in Godspell, the world would be a better place.

Source: Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord | Advent & Lenten Devotions | Goshen College,

Last year, I wrote blogpost essays about my holiday traditions. I’ll revise and update at my blog.

So far, I’ve planted my paperwhites and unboxed my advent wreath, and downloaded a few advent calendars …

And I closed my day with a walk …

I had had a busy afternoon, and originally had planned to walk earlier in the day, but then it dawned on me that a night walk would be perfect for the first day of Advent. It was still quite warm at the time of my walk, 55°; it had been 65° today, and, although it is supposed to turn colder tonight, it was quite pleasant at the time of the walk.

I had spent the afternoon running errands and then spent 2 1/2 hours with my mom. For some reason, she was fit to be tied. But after about an hour of cajoling her into a good mood, she finally yielded. At about the time that she perked up, my sister and her son arrived. There was another couple visiting their mother at the dinner table, and we had a great time talking about children and grandchildren. In the end, the late afternoon visit with my mom ended as a success.

About 6:30, I headed out to Eastminster. It was very dark walking back to the labyrinth. And I wondered if the labyrinth would be lit for the evening. I turned on my flashlight and made my way back to the labyrinth columbarium garden, intending to do a quick walk in the dark, and I mean really dark. As I entered the garden, I realized that there were a few lights and I felt greatly relieved.

This labyrinth is an Amiens style, which is a Chartres 11th-circuit that is octagonal rather than round. This is also the Labyrinth with the columbarium at the center.

As I began my walk, I heard cars racing on a nearby street. It sounded as if they were dragracing, and then I saw their headlights in the distance. There were three of them and they were definitely racing.

I looked into the beautiful night sky and saw the sliver of the moon, waxing crescent, and the church steeple in the clear night sky. It was very peaceful.

And I found this recently …

“None of your knowledge, your reading, your connections will be of any use here: two legs suffice, and big eyes to see with. Walk alone, across mountains or through forests. You are nobody to the hills or the thick boughs heavy with greenery. You are no longer a role, or a status, not even an individual, but a body, a body that feels sharp stones on the paths, the caress of long grass and the freshness of the wind. When you walk, the world has neither present nor future: nothing but the cycle of mornings and evenings. Always the same thing to do all day: walk. But the walker who marvels while walking (the blue of the rocks in a July evening light, the silvery green of olive leaves at noon, the violet morning hills) has no past, no plans, no experience. He has within him the eternal child. While walking I am but a simple gaze.”

Frédéric Gros, A Philosophy of Walking

I’m contemplating “radical hope” as referenced in the sermon at Roswell Presbyterian this morning.

Prepare Ye the way/Let’s do this! Advent blessings.



7.13.19 … There must always be two kinds of art, escape art, for one needs escape as he or she needs food and deep sleep, and parable art, the art, which shall teach (humans) to unlearn hatred and learn love. ~W.H. Auden

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, Eastminster Presbyterian Church-Marietta GA:

My day began with Saturday morning errands with my sister and a quick detour for a labyrinth walk.

First the laundry … Who still goes to the laundry? My sister and her husband for two … Shirts on hangers or folded?

Second, Starbucks … and the Saturday WSJ. Both are definitely addictions for me. I always think of the Joe Fox line in “You’ve Got Mail”:

“The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self: Tall. Decaf. Cappuccino.”

That was 1998. Mine in 2019 is vente skinny cinnamon dolce latte with steamed almond milk, light foam … $5.85 … an absolute defining sense of self? Hmmm

Third, a labyrinth walk. There was one close by at Eastminster Presbyterian, so we headed there. We pulled up to an H M Patterson & Sons, Funeral Directors, truck in the church parking lot. (And an aside … I have a visceral response to Patterson’s. Almost every Atlanta funeral in my life has been directed by Patterson’s. It has been THE Atlanta funeral home for decades. Their Spring Hill location was designed by Philip T. Shutze, the same architect who designed the Swan House.) Just seeing their truck changed the tenor of the banter with my sister.

As we walked around to the back of the church we tried to be inconspicuous to the early arriving funeral attendees who could see us through the clear glass windows of the sanctuary.

I always appreciate the wrought iron entrance gates to this memorial garden and my sister and I commented on them as we entered. And we couldn’t help but notice the intense morning sun as we entered the garden. And also the beautiful landscaping … This church’s grounds are beautifully landscaped. Today, I noticed the deep pink crepe myrtles, the tall evergreens forming a boundary at one side of the garden, the day lilies, and the new oak tree in one of the planters that shaded half the labyrinth and provided a wonderful play of light through its leaves. Another random thought was when did crepe myrtles become so popular in the South. I don’t remember many from my childhood. Now they are everywhere!

Walking this labyrinth was work. It is octangular rather than circular so every step seemed controlled rather than flowing.

At the center which contains the 72 niche columbarium, my sister and I noticed that each marker contains a citation for a bible verse. We laughed because our father’s grave marker contains the quote, “and to all a good night,” the closing line from “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Obviously beyond the scope permitted on these markers.

My exit walk was much slower than my entrance walk … which is an usual …

Afterwards I did a little research on this labyrinth and the Amiens Cathedral labyrinth on which it is based.

This labyrinth is octagonal … “Medieval, 11 Circuit Octagonal – Centered in the labyrinth is a Columbarium with 72 niches. They are both part of a memorial garden with over 1000 plants, shrubs, and trees.”

I found their online information interesting:


Eastminster’s Memorial Garden also features a Labyrinth patterned after the Amiens Cathedral labyrinth in Paris. A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that represents wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. It looks like a maze but is not. A maze is a left brain task that requires logical thinking and analysis to find correct paths. A labyrinth is a right brain task involving intuition, creativity, imagery, and the search for possibility. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has no dead-ends. You cannot get lost. You just follow the path to the center and out again. A labyrinth walk can be a peaceful activity, helpful in centering your mind and attention on prayer of meditation of Scripture. Try walking “The Lord’s Prayer” or memorizing a verse of Scripture and walking with it through the turns. Or just spend some time with Jesus laying aside the cares and distractions of the world.

Labyrinth Pilgrims

Medieval pilgrims, unable to fulfill their desire to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, went instead to many pilgrimage sites in Europe or Britain. In many cases the end of their journey was a labyrinth formed of stone and laid in the floor of the nave of one of these great Gothic cathedrals. The center of the labyrinths probably represented for many pilgrims the Holy City itself and thus became the substitute goal of the journey.

Labyrinth Geometry

The sacred geometry of the labyrinth involves the numbers four, seven and twelve, emerging out of the “paths” and “walls” themselves. The labyrinth is divided neatly into four quarters standing, in the medieval mind, for the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). Seven is the number of 180 degree turns there are in each quarter of the labyrinth. This relates to the seven Liberal Arts of medieval education, or perhaps the seven paths of the classic medieval cruciform labyrinths. Twelve is the total number of the labyrinth’s paths and center, thus relating it to the twelve-month calendar or the twelve disciples of Jesus. The six “petals” of the center of the Chartres labyrinth (and, in our case, the six facets of the Columbarium) provide individual opportunities for symbolic representation and meditation.

Always open. Come and enjoy this space dedicated to the glory of God. As we say at Eastminster, “At the heart of our fellowship is joy in communion with Christ.” Come and draw closer to Him.


Eastminster‘s labyrinth, as noted above, is a copy of Amiens Cathedral in France. Here is some info on Amiens:

The labyrinth of Amiens Cathedral (La cathédrale d’Amiens) is linked to the more famous labyrinth of Chartres Cathedral and has the same path arrangement and widths, but differs from its round counterpart in its octagonal shape. It was originally created in the late Middle Ages in the year 1288, roughly a decade after the cathedral itself was built. A medallion in the center of the maze commemorates the construction of the medieval cathedral.

Source: Amiens Cathedral Labyrinth – Amiens, France – Atlas Obscura,

And I saw this in the online description of a Lauren Artress workshop:

“The Parable of the Labyrinth: Walking the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice

with the Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress

There must always be two kinds of art, escape art, for one needs escape as he or she needs food and deep sleep, and parable art, the art, which shall teach (humans) to unlearn hatred and learn love. ~W.H. Auden

Spiritual practices are gaining in popularity during these chaotic times. They quiet the mind, open the heart and teach skills to navigate one’s interior world. Spiritual practices can be a ‘secular’ as knitting, or as sacred as icon painting. We will look at the broad array of practices and then focus specifically upon walking the labyrinth. The labyrinth is a three dimensional parable that teaches us, through our imaginations what we need to learn along the path of life.

You may have walked the labyrinth but never had a formal introduction to it, or, you may feel like a ‘failed’ meditator who could not quiet the mind during sitting meditation. All are welcome; please join me.”



5.4.19 … May the 4th be with you!

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, World Labyrinth Day (We Walk As One At One), Eastminster Presbyterian Church-Marietta GA:

I planned my day around my World Labyrinth Day Walk and the bottom fell out of the sky at exactly 1. So my sister and I tried to walk as one at one, but instead we frolicked in the rain at one. We laughed at ourselves at one.

So did you know that Saturday May 4, 2019, is also Derby Day, Naked Gardening Day and May the Fourth Be With You/Star Wars Day?

Ideas for celebrating … Combine them! Ride a horse naked on a labyrinth in a garden wielding a light saber. Or walk naked in a garden wielding a light saber in one hand and a mint julep in the other.

May the 4th be with you!


Just thought these interesting…

This is about a favorite dad … Cot Campbell:

In addition to all of that, he may very well have been the No. 1 fan of the Run for the Roses.

“There was really nothing quite like it for us in the enjoyment of life,” Campbell’s widow, Anne, said Friday in a phone call. “The Derby was the ultimate goal and joy – the uber experience. Cot just loved the backstretch in the mornings. He thought being back there was marvelous.”

This sentiment prevailed every year, not just when Dogwood Stable had a contender training for the big event. But when the Campbell-managed Dogwood had such a horse, things entered another sphere.

source: Cot Campbell had lifelong love affair with Kentucky Derby – Sports – The Augusta Chronicle – Augusta, GA,

And this

But perhaps the best in the biz, especially for the Derby, is Kentucky-based H.E. Sutton Forwarding Company. H.E. Sutton, otherwise known as “Tex Sutton”, specializes in horse transport like no other. This equine transport company founded in the 1950s moves horses around with a Boeing 727-200 flown by cargo airline Kalitta Air and configured specifically for horses. Not surprisingly, the plane’s flight logs often show it in Kentucky, one of the world’s horse centers.

(Photo courtesy H.E.

(Photo courtesy H.E. “Tex” Sutton Forwarding Company, LLC)

“Air Horse One”, as it’s nicknamed (it literally says “First class equine air travel” on the side of the plane), is outfitted with room for up to 21 horses, fitting two or three wide. Ticket prices vary but have been quoted in the several thousands of dollars per passenger. The animals are carefully loaded into the aircraft with inflight amenities like food (hay) and drinks (water — we didn’t ask about champagne) to ensure that they arrive healthy, well-rested and relaxed. So much, in fact, are they committed to the comfort of their well-hoofed passengers that the aircraft often climbs and descends slower, and even will detour hundreds of miles out of its way to keep the flight as smooth as possible. One rep had said that flight crews will even accept long delays for the same reason. Thankfully, most horses seem to be used to it (and presumably don’t mind waiting a little longer for a smooth flight).

Source: How Racehorses Fly To the Kentucky Derby,


3.2.18 … “Solviture Ambulando—it is solved by walking—said Augustine of Hippo, one of the earliest theologians of the Christian Church. What is “it” you ask? If you want to find out, you have to do your own walking.” Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World.

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2018 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (17/40), Eastminster Presbyterian Church – Marietta GA, Driving Mama Lindsey, Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World:

Today was a day of serious conversations and much thought. I originally had hoped to take a long drive with my mom and my sister to to Cumming to walk my favorite private labyrinth and visit with my favorite labyrinth builder/keeper. But that was not to be. Instead the three of us visited four Lenbrook personal care apartments and analyzed the pros and cons of each. It made us each tired. So as we headed out from Lenbrook, we redirected. That’s life.

We headed back to Marietta and picked up take out from Yeero Village, a Greek restaurant, owned by the same family that owns the Marietta Diner. We shared excellent gyros, a shrimp kebab and lemon soup, and the soup was excellent.

We took our takeout to a nearby park and we delighted watching a dad and his two little girls play. I would have never dreamed the swing contraption would pass modern playground safety regulations. After the family left, my sister and I gave it a go. 🙂

My mom and I then dropped my sister off and headed back. I routed us by Eastminster Presbyterian’s labyrinth.

It was beautiful, sunny and warm in the garden. This is the labyrinth with the columbarium at the center. As I began my walk, I heard sounds of traffic and children in the playground adjacent to the garden.

This is an octagonal labyrinth and although it essentially the same pattern as the Chartres pattern, the angular nature of the pattern disturbs the flow. But it still was a delightful labyrinth to walk in the warm sunshine.

My mind goes to Barbara Brown Taylor’s discussion of labyrinths and related topics. I searched for several quotes that I like.

“Solviture Ambulando—it is solved by walking—said Augustine of Hippo, one of the earliest theologians of the Christian Church. What is “it” you ask? If you want to find out, you have to do your own walking.” Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World. (New York: HarperOne). 61.

And Barbara Brown Taylor writes in her section “The Practice of Walking on the Earth,” “”Most of us spend so much time thinking about where we have been or where we are supposed to be going that we have a hard time recognizing where we actually are. When someone asks us where we want to be in our lives, the last thing that occurs to us is to look down at our feet and say, “Here, I guess, since this is where I am.” Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World, 56.



12.3.17 … “Dietrich Bonhoeffer gives us a picture of Advent as “a prison cell, in which one waits, hopes, and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside.” The essence of Advent, then, is expectancy and readiness for action: watchfulness for every small opening, and a willingness to risk everything for freedom and a new beginning.”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2017 Advent Labyrinth Walks (1st Sunday of Advent), Eastminster Presbyterian Church – Marietta GA:

My sister joined me for my first 2017 Advent walk. We were shrouded in fog and we used the time to talk. It just worked for us today. We weren’t able to solve the problems of the world, but we tried.

The first Sunday of advent focuses on HOPE. Where do you find hope? What are you hoping for?

As I am still relatively new to the observance of Advent, I noodled around and enjoyed Karen’s introduction to Advent:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer gives us a picture of Advent as “a prison cell, in which one waits, hopes, and is completely dependent on the fact that the door of freedom has to be opened from the outside.” The essence of Advent, then, is expectancy and readiness for action: watchfulness for every small opening, and a willingness to risk everything for freedom and a new beginning.

Source: Welcome, all Wonders! Advent 1 — Theological Horizons welcome-all-wonders-advent-1

One of the joys of visiting my brother near his birthday. 🙂

We watched Murder on the Orient Express (1974) with my mom and sibs. My brother commented this was his first movie date movie. I honestly don’t remember mine. I do remember my most significant first date movie when I was a freshman in college, Deer Hunter. I always told my children NEVER take a first date to a movie like that!

Do you remember your first movie date movie? What was it?

I nearly slammed on my brakes. The most extravagant Christmas display is already up and lighted … God bless them and their neighbors …

Super Moon tonight …


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