Labyrinth

Christ Church Reconciliation Labyrinth

The Christ Church labyrinth provides a sacred space, as did the Reconciliation Chapel that stood here originally, with the mission of our being an inviting community by providing outdoor public space in the heart of the city for a reflective walk, quiet meditation, or other appropriate activity that enhances the parish or the neighborhood.

Labyrinth image for illustration only. No decision made on pattern at this time.

Chapel of Reconciliation

The area where we will place our Christ Church labyrinth was once occupied by the Chapel of Reconciliation. In the 1970’s, Christ Church became a member of the International Community of Reconciliation centered at Coventry Cathedral in Coventry, England. The Community is dedicated to fostering reconciliation efforts around the globe.

Due to structural problems, the chapel was taken down in 2013. At that time the people of the parish committed themselves to create and attractive, public, outdoor space in downtown Dayton located on the footprint of the former chapel.

The idea of a labyrinth has gained popularity for several reasons:

  • It will keep the area as sacred space where spiritual exercise and reflection can take place
  • It will be open and accessible to all people – not just members of the congregation. An access path will be constructed, leading from the approach to the church up through the ivy
  • The labyrinth will be constructed out of concrete, which can double as possible worship and performance space. We imagine musicians entertaining during some of Dayton’s many festivals and public events
  • Plans are afoot to commission art created by area youth to be displayed on the north-facing wall above the labyrinth. The art, visible to pedestrians on First Street, will attract viewers to come up closer where they will discover the labyrinth

 

We also plan to erect a screen between the labyrinth area and the neighboring air conditioners, and we shall create seating in the corners to complete a quiet meditative space.


You can be part of creating this new public space in the heart of the city.

To make a donation to the Reconciliation Labyrinth Project, contact the Christ Church office.

The Labyrinth

A Moving Meditation

A labyrinth is a pattern designed to be moved through. It is similar to a maze, but it has no dead ends, and there is only one path to the center. It is designed, not to confuse, but to be an aid to spiritual clarity and balance.

A variety of labyrinth patterns are found in many cultures and religious traditions, and date back thousands of years. Labyrinths began appearing in Christian churches as early as 300 AD. many of the Gothic cathedrals built in Europe during the middle ages incorporated labyrinths, which were associated with pilgrimage and spiritual journey. However, these labyrinths later fell out of use and were almost forgotten.

In 1991, the Revered Lauren Artress, Canon of Grace Episcopal Cathedral in San Francisco, began the current revival of the labyrinth as an aid to meditation and prayer.

The Christ Episcopal Church Reconciliation Labyrinth is being designed by Mr. John Ridder of Indianapolis, one of the founders of The Labyrinth Society.

Walk the Labyrinth

The labyrinth is an aid to meditation and prayer. You may use the labyrinth in whatever way works best for you. What matters are not the details of what you do on the labyrinth, but the attention and intention you bring to the experience.

Some possibilities:

  • If you already practice a method of meditation or contemplative prayer, or if you pray using a rosary or chaplet, you may choose to bring that practice onto the labyrinth and simply add movement
  • Or…you may choose to silently recite the Lord’s Prayer or some other beloved prayer as you walk; or you may repeat a “sacred word” or focus on a sacred image; or you may sing or chant silently under your breath
  • Or…you may choose to focus on a particular situation or question. Give that subject into God’s care as you walk towards the center. In the center, be still and wait upon whatever wisdom or insight God may have for you. Then as you make your way out of the center, reflect on how to take what has been given to you back into your everyday life

“The best way to learn about the labyrinth is to walk a well-constructed one with an open heart and an open mind at least three times” — The Rev. Canon Lauren Artress, Grace Cathedral

Guidelines for Walking

To respect the meditation of others, please maintain silence.

Pause as you enter the labyrinth.

Allow about a minute to elapse after the person entering ahead of you has begun their walk before you begin yours. You may want to use this time to compose your thoughts and quiet your mind.

Follow the pace that your body finds most comfortable. You may need to experiment a little with different paces until you find your rhythm. Your pace may vary from one part of your walk to another.

If you are walking more rapidly than someone in front of you, you my move ahead of this person at a turn by turning earlier. When you meet others traveling in the opposite direction, if you each step slightly to the right, you can pass each other easily and gracefully.

In the center you may sit or kneel or stand. Sta for whatever period feels right to you.

You may want to pause again briefly as you exit the labyrinth to give thanks. You are welcome to walk again (and again) if you like.

You may want to take time to reflect, draw, journal, or pray, immediately after your walk. Whatever works for you.

 

Legacy Paver Information

Legacy Paver Information

A new curved walkway of red stone pavers, many of which will be etched with a variety of goodwill messages and personal remembrances, will provide the main entry point for pilgrims to The Reconciliation Labyrinth. This new path will extend from the existing church entryway through the ivy bed and up onto the labyrinth patio.

All are invited to purchase one or multiple walkway pavers and have them etched with a message or remembrance of your choosing.

Stones come in three sizes: Half Stone, Standard Stone, and Extra-Large Stone.

Cost per stone: Half Stone: $100;  Standard Stone: $250;  XL Stone: $500.

XL stones provide enough space for a message and company logo, if desired. XL stone with company logo: $600.

Deadline for ordering engraved legacy pavers: Sunday, 5 August, 2018.

*While pavers can be etched in place after installation, it will be at a slightly higher expense.

Questions? Contact Tom Schaefer. tom@nullearthspeaks.com  /  937.231.3046

Donate to the Reconciliation Labyrinth Project

You can be part of creating this new public space in the heart of the city.

To make a donation to the Reconciliation Labyrinth Project, click the button below.

If you would like to speak with us about participating in a larger way with possibly either a corporate or large donation, family gift or monthly pledge, we would like to communicate with you. Please contact us at christdaytonoffice@nullgmail.com or during business hours at 937-223-2239.

Thank you for supporting this community project at Christ Episcopal Church, Dayton Ohio.

*Please make note that your donation is for the labyrinth when filling out the donation form

Labyrinth Websites of Interest

Veriditas

https://www.veriditas.org ‘Home of the labyrinth movement’

The Labyrinth Society

https://labyrinthsociety.org ‘An international group of labyrinth enthusiasts whose mission is to support all those who create, maintain and use labyrinths, and to serve the global community by providing education, networking, and opportunities to experience transformation’

Paxworks

http://www.paxworks.com John Ridder, consultant (Indianapolis)