On October 21, 2015, the church's women's group, the Women of the World (or WOW) held their kickoff meeting for the 2015-2016 year with a Labyrinth Walk at 10:30 a.m. at Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma. We then returned to the fellowship hall at noon for a hosted lunch and to discuss our agenda for the upcoming year. Family and friends were invited, and all ideas were welcomed. Notes from the event's host, Jenny Froyd, follow.
Greetings to all potential labyrinth walkers,
This is just to give you some preliminary labyrinth information. I will also be making a few remarks right before our walk and will try to answer any questions, should there be some, afterwards at lunch. Christian churches used the labyrinth for prayer and mediation as early as 350. The oldest example in Algeria, North Africa is inscribed with “Sancta Eclesia” (holy church) at the center, confirming its sacred use. The labyrinth movement in the United States began in the early 1990’s after Rev. Lauren Artress of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, visited the ancient Chartes Cathedral in France to inspect it’s labyrinth built in to its floor. She subsequently wrote “Walking a Sacred Path” which offered techniques for personal reflection and transformation and was widely read. Labyrinths can now be found all over the US and probably many places in the world. The labyrinth path can be a metaphor for our journey in Christ. There are 3 stages to your walk: (1) the entering where you release your cares, (2) the center area where you rest for a short while – you are open to the spirit and seek illumination, (3) the returning where you may be empowered to live a more authentic life. But there is no right way or wrong way to walk the labyrinth. It is a personal experience that reflects your own joys, sorrows, needs, wishes.
Looking forward to our walk,