For the Tenth Triennial Gathering, we hope you will join Women of the ELCA participants in making at least 5,000 finger labyrinths. They can be quilted, knitted, embroidered, felted or crocheted: There’s a pattern for all.
“Since at least 2002, Women of the ELCA has included a portable labyrinth at its triennial gatherings,” said Linda Post Bushkofsky, executive director of Women of the ELCA. “We’re planning to do so again next summer when we assemble for the Tenth Triennial Gathering in Minneapolis.”
Women of the ELCA has created patterns for those who sew, knit and crochet, she said, adding “The patterns can easily be adapted for embroidery or felting, so it’s a project for every fiber artist, new or experienced.”
The finger labyrinths will be given to the voting members at our Tenth Triennial Convention (2017), and every participant at the triennial gathering. If we exceed our goal of 5,000 finger labyrinths, we’ll donate the additional labyrinths to chaplains in schools, hospitals, hospices and nursing homes.
Work alone or get together in a group for regular sessions, Linda suggested. “Whether you’re attending the gathering or not, you’re invited to participate.”
Don’t know how to sew, knit or crochet? Find someone in your congregation who can teach you. We’ve created a video tutorial showing how to make the quilted/sewn version of the finger labyrinth. Imagine women and girls of all ages, gathering together in prayer, creating beautiful finger labyrinths!
What is a labyrinth?
A labyrinth, an ancient symbol, offers us a metaphor for life’s journey. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has but one path; you follow the path in to the center and out again. Many people walk labyrinths for different reasons, but Christians most often walk a labyrinth in prayer or as a contemplative exercise.
During the Middle Ages, if Christians were unable to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, they often would walk a labyrinth closer to home, symbolic of the pilgrimage. Labyrinths appear in many traditions and cultures, in many religions and philosophies, throughout human history for millennia.
In this fact sheet you’ll find
- An explanation of how labyrinths are used
- Prayers to offer as you begin and finish a finger labyrinth
- Labels to attach to each finished labyrinth
- Directions for sewing and crocheting finger labyrinths
Ship finished finger labyrinths to this address for arrival before June 1, 2017.
Women of the ELCA
Finger Labyrinth Collection
8765 W Higgins Road
Chicago IL 60631-4101
Labyrinths may also be brought to the exhibit hall at the Minneapolis Convention Center during the gathering.
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