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Labyrinths and Churches

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Published on Feb 9, 2015

In this video, United Church of Christ Pastor, Mark Milligan, describes his experience with labyrinths as contemplative tools for outreach, community gathering and pastoral care.

Some of ​the first labyrinths built inside churches were inlaid in the stone floors of the cathedrals of France during medieval times. The Chartres Cathedral labyrinth (c. 1200) inspired the Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress to bring this path of prayer to Grace Cathedral in San Francisco (1996). Her subsequent book, along with a Sunday NY Times article (1997), catapulted this form into the limelight. Today more than 1700 churches around the world, from all denominations, offer labyrinths to their congregations and use it as a means of re-connecting with local community members looking for new pathways to a personal spiritual practice.

Church labyrinths can take the form of permanent outdoor designs in stone or grass, indoor designs painted on the floor or canvas labyrinths for temporary events. Along with being a symbolic path of pilgrimage, the labyrinth is often used to celebrate the different liturgical seasons, weddings, christenings and Celebrations-of-Life ceremonies.

This is an excerpt from the Labyrinth Society DVD 'Labyrinths for Our Time' which is available for purchase in hard copy or as a digital download. For the full video see: https://www.createspace.com/295431

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