World Labyrinth Day is Saturday, May 6, 2017. What better day to gather friends together to make finger labyrinths for the Tenth Triennial Gathering?
On World Labyrinth Day people all over the world are invited to walk a labyrinth (or use a finger labyrinth) at 1 p.m. in their time zone, creating a wash of peaceful energy and prayers encircling the globe. This year’s observance uses the theme, “Walk as One at 1.”
Here’s one way you could observe the day. Schedule a work day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sew, knit or crochet finger labyrinths, using our patterns, from 9 a.m. to noon. Break for lunch (maybe do a potluck?) and return at 1 p.m. to walk a labyrinth near your congregation or gather in your nave for prayer, using a finger labyrinth made that morning. To find a labyrinth near you, use the World Wide Labyrinth Locator.
You could expand your time together to include a presentation about labyrinths from a local expert or enthusiast. Consider making it an intergenerational event. It could easily be an ecumenical or interfaith event, as people of many religious traditions use labyrinths.
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Combine your observance of World Labyrinth Day with Rachel’s Day (observed annually by Women of the ELCA on the first Sunday in May), a time to mourn the loss of our children and to renounce the forces of violence and fear. Involve children and young adults in making finger labyrinths and possibly combine those efforts with a labyrinth “hunt” in your community.
Ship your 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
Linda Post Bushkofsky is executive director for Women of the ELCA. She is making finger labyrinths and taking the black & white + one quilt challenge for the Tenth Triennial Gathering, July 13-16, 2017, in Minneapolis.