2017-06-09 / Community

Church to open labyrinth monthly

Labyrinths have long been connected to spirituality in many faith traditions. Now, First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, on Meetinghouse Hill in South Portland invites the public to experience the labyrinth too. Beginning on June 10, the church will open the labyrinth to the public once a month, on the second Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. to noon.

“Labyrinths are unnecessary,” said organizer Jackie McNeil. “They don’t get us from here to there. They aren’t a quick and efficient way to do anything. But they can be a powerful tool to help us look inside, connect deeply and find our path.”

Pastor Cindy Maddox added that the church’s labyrinth has a unique feature – words of peace embedded in the design.

“Although they are not visible to the eye, underneath the path are written words of peace in 16 different languages, along with the psalm prayer ‘Guide our feet into the way of peace,’” Maddox said.

The labyrinth is made of canvas and will be available in Guptill Hall (the church basement). Wear or bring socks to keep the labyrinth clean. Organizers will have other spiritual tools available as well, including mandala coloring pages.

“Labyrinths have been used for over 4,000 years and across countries, cultures and continents,” McNeil said. “And they have enjoyed newfound popularity in modern times as people of all faiths seek out ways to slow down and connect with their inner selves or with the still small voice of God.”

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