From: Community of Christ
Community of Christ - World Labyrinth Day and #TodayattheTemple
Not surprising that the C of C promoted the New Age, World Labyrinth Day. Very disturbing, nonetheless.
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Take Steps Together for Peace at Community of Christ Temple on World Labyrinth Day
Community of Christ will participate in an ancient form of spiritual contemplation on Saturday, May 5 as part of World Labyrinth Day.https://labyrinthsociety.org/world-labyrinth-day
Everyone is invited to participate in the worldwide observance at the Community of Christ Temple’s labyrinth at the corner of River Boulevard and Walnut Street in Independence, Missouri, USA.
At 12:45 p.m., Charmaine Chvala-Smith will welcome visitors and then offer prayers on the labyrinth, part of the 1 p.m. worldwide Take Steps Together for Peace event. Chvala-Smith is a member of the Community of Christ Spiritual Formation Team.
At the Temple, follow the ramp to the rooftop terrace outside the building. If you can't join us at the Temple, use this Labyrinth Locator to see if there is one near you.
Suggested labyrinth practices:
Pause before entering the labyrinth to center thoughts and intention. Find a pace that is comfortable and simply walk the path to the center and back out.
During the walk, be aware of the possible purposes and patterns symbolized in the journey.
The walk from the entrance of the labyrinth to the center represents a time for releasing, emptying, and quieting. Let go of things that block communication with God. Relinquish things you attempt to control.
The second stage of the labyrinth walk is found in the center, the stage of illumination. Here is the place for meditation and prayer. Enter with an open heart and mind and receive whatever clarity and wisdom is available.
The stage of union begins as the walker leaves the center. It allows for integration of the insight or clarity received. It is for communion with God, for gratitude, for empowerment in living God’s call.
Pause along the way or stay in the center as long as needed. More than one person may walk at a time and enter the center, standing, kneeling, or sitting, as they feel led. Pass slower walkers by simply stepping around them.
Be mindful of thoughts and feelings; pay attention to all that happens along the way.
Once you have completed your labyrinth walk, continue a prayerful walk around the outside or, if others are still walking, stand, sit, or kneel and hold them in prayer as they continue along the path.
Last year more than 5,000 people walked labyrinths as part of World Labyrinth Society events in 20 countries and 45 US states.