Weatherly's labyrinth is located under a canopy of trees in a quiet corner of the campus. We invite the community to use the labyrinth during the daylight hours. It would be helpful to call ahead to check the church's activity schedule but is not necessary.
A labyrinth is a sacred pattern that leads you on a prescribed path to its center and back out again. Although the labyrinth may be new to many people today, its use as a spiritual tool can be traced back hundreds of years. The earliest known Christian labyrinth is located on the wall of a church in Algeria, with the words "Sancta Eclesia" (holy church) inscribed in its center. As early as A.D. 350 worshipers entering the church would trace the labyrinth with their finger in order to focus their thoughts and open themselves up to the presence of God.
In the Middle Ages many cathedrals in Europe began to construct larger labyrinths. Christians who could not make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem would instead travel to these cathedrals to walk the labyrinth as a spiritual pilgrimage, symbolizing the journey to the Holy Land. The labyrinth in the floor of the nave at Chartres Cathedral in France is the most well known of the medieval designs.
Walking the Labyrinth is a way of praying with the body that invites the divine presence into an active conversation with the heart and soul.