The History of the Labyrinth at First UMC
In 1995, six women from First UMC walked the labyrinth for the first time during a retreat led by The Rev. Lauren Artress, who authored the popular book, Walking a Sacred Path. That walk proved so powerful that they wanted to make such experiences available to the church and surrounding community. Thus, was born the Labyrinth Ministry. The women prayed and held the vision for acquiring a labyrinth. In the meantime, the church rented portable ones and offered special walks. In 1999, the church purchased a portable canvas labyrinth and lovingly used it for 9 years. Then, as part of the renovation of Simkins Hall in The Shelby Center, a permanent labyrinth replicating the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth, was laid in the floor.
For the Community
We invite you to use the Labyrinth as a tool for prayer and meditation, for gaining insight, clarity and balance, and to quiet the mind. It is open to groups and people of all faiths, to those with no religious affiliation, and to individuals from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds. There is no charge.
Retreats, church and meditation groups are also welcome.
Open for Walks
– 3rd Sunday of the month, 3 p.m. with the last walk at 4:30 p.m. Consider attending simple church at 5 p.m. in the chapel.
– Good Friday, 1 – 9 p.m. Walk in silence to look within.
– By Reservation
Call the church office (310) 393-8258.
Office Hours: Tues – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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Parking is available on the street or in the underground garage across 11th St. See “Church Parking” signs.