Walking For Peace: The Labyrinth Experience

May 1st, 2004

Saturday Special Event

Rev. Trevor PotterFirst United Methodist ChurchJo Ann MastLabyrinth FacilitatorKim MooneyLabyrinth DocentHost: Chuck Gaylord

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About the Presentation

The labyrinth at FUMC is based on a design sometimes called the Jerusalem labyrinth because it was walked symbolically by spiritual travelers who were unable to make the physical pilgrimage to Jerusalem during the Crusades. Walking the same steps that people have walked to find their spirits during troubled times in history, we will use this time to explore how we discover the relationship between inner calm and outer action to help create peace in the world.

The Labyrinth is a tool for our times. It is an ancient sacred tool that can be walked by all spiritual traditions to help open and sustain a peaceful awareness of life. It is a sacred geometric pattern that over hundreds of years has become an archetype of change, transformation, and wholeness. Walking the Labyrinth is an ancient spiritual act that opens one to their heart and nourishes the soul. It helps us to find our way through the bewildering multiplicity and to unity of source. It is an inviting space to discover oneself, the world and the Spirit. One person that walked the Labyrinth said, “I feel the Labyrinth has helped me open the window of who I am.” In our world today, it is so important to connect to our heart and our lives. John Welwood states it this way: “The Heart is the doorway leading into the core of our being and the living presence of spirit and soul. When our heart breaks open, breaks through to this deeper core, we waken from paralysis into a greater depth of soul, and along with that a deeper love for this world.”

About the Presenters

Trevor Potter is the Minister of Adult Formation at First United Methodist Church and is involved in facilitating adults in their maturation and integration of their body, mind, heart, soul and Spirit. Trevor has a wide range of experience and knowledge from plant molecular biology, leadership for self-development, to studying theology at the Adelaide College of Divinity in Adelaide, Australia.

Jo Ann Mast, Labyrinth Facilitator, Board Member of Verditas, World-Wide Labyrinth Project, has extensively worked and trained with Dr. Artress, the pioneer of the modern day use of the Labyrinth as an ancient spiritual practice. Jo Ann has facilitated workshops in California, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Washington, Toronto, and personal growth seminars at Chartres Cathedral in Chartres France.

Kim Mooney, B.A., C.D.E.*, Labyrinth Docent,has been in the field of dying and grief for ten years, writing, teaching and working with individuals, schools, corporations and organizations. She also trains people who facilitate grief groups, provides corporate management training in workplace losses, and facilitates crisis debriefing. She is the Grief Services Manager for Hospice of Boulder County and is a part of the Labyrinth Leadership Group.

*Certified Death Educator with ADEC (the Association for Death Education and Counseling)

Additional Resources

About the Labyrinth at First United Methodist Church

Rev. Trevor Potter: [email protected]

Jo Ann Mast: [email protected]

Rev. Bill Youngblood, is selling his hand made wooden finger Labyrinths for $50 at this event. Some of the proceeds will be donated to the First United Methodist Church. Bill is a long time regular member of Interface.
Contact Bill Youngblood directly for more details
More information about labyrinths

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