Episcopal churches to participate in World Labyrinth Day, May 6

The labyrinth on the floor of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco is illuminated. Photo/Grace Cathedral/Diocese of California

By Shireen Korkzan

Episcopal News Service

In many religions, prayer beads are used as a prayer guide and tool for mediation. But instead of using prayer beads, Katie Bull prefers to walk in and out of labyrinths as a form of prayer, setting an intention before starting.

“In a labyrinth, you’re releasing what comes in as you’re walking; you’re trying to get that busy mind to go,” Bull told Episcopal News Service. “I center my prayer by giving time to God, to use me to be an instrument and a tool for your work.

“In a labyrinth, there’s one way in and one way out, and it’s a process to find yourself and connect to God,” she said.

Bull said she developed an interest in labyrinths while in college. Over time, her interest developed into a passion that led her to learn about the Labyrinth Society, a sponsor of World Labyrinth Day, which is held annually on the first Saturday in May. This year, the 15th annual World Labyrinth Day will be held on May 6. The Labyrinth Society is hosting the event in collaboration with other organizations, including Veriditas, which was founded by the Rev. Lauren Artress, an honorary canon at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

On World Labyrinth Day, participants from around the world will “Walk as One at 1” by walking a labyrinth at 1 p.m. local time as a “moving mediation for world peace,” using either existing or temporarily built labyrinths. Online events and local community celebrations will also take place on or around World Labyrinth Day.

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