St. Alban’s invites visitors to walk the church labyrinth

The grass labyrinth at St. Alban's Episcopal Church.

As we celebrate the founding of our country on the Fourth of July, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church invites all to consider reflecting on their blessings by walking a labyrinth. The grass labyrinth at St. Alban’s, located at 21405 82nd Place W., is around the back of the church and is always open.

A labyrinth walking is a form of meditation that has been practiced by nearly every religious tradition since ancient times. Church member Maryellen Young describes it as “a pattern with a purpose. Walking a labyrinth is a gift we give to ourselves because it offers us a chance to take time out from our busy lives, to leave schedules and stress behind. The labyrinth walk is popular with a growing number of people because of its simplicity and the ability to approach its paths on your own terms.

“Different from a maze (which has dead ends and false passages), the labyrinth has a single path that leads unerringly to the center,” Young said. “It shows us that no time or effort is ever wasted; if we stay the course, every step however circuitous, however many turns, however distant it seems, takes us closer to our goal. ”

A brochure is available at the church that provides more information about walking a labyrinth. Visitors are asked to sign the guest book so the church knows the labyrinth is being used and appreciated.

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