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Unity Church offers labyrinth walk to public

Staff reports

On Sunday, Sept. 21, 4 to 7 p.m., visitors will have an opportunity to have an experience that has its roots in the 12th century Chartres Cathedral in France when they visit the CVIC Hall in downtown Minden.

Unity Church of Today will have available, through the generosity of Christ Unity Church of Sacramento, a 40-foot wide labyrinth canvas floor tapestry on which visitors will be able to walk. The labyrinth has only one path, so there are no tricks to it and no dead ends.

“Taking about 20 to 30 minutes to walk, the labyrinth experience ranges from a deeply transformative encounter with the God self to an exercise that is interesting and unique,” says Denise Frueh of Unity.

The labyrinth pattern is a design that was embedded in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France around 1220 A.D. A walking meditation, the labyrinth has reemerged today as a metaphor for the spiritual journey and a powerful tool for transformation, Frueh said. Since the end of 1991, when the labyrinth was first presented at Christ Unity Church in Sacramento, over 200,000 people have walked the approximately one-third mile path.

Dr. Lauren Artress, in her book “Walking a Sacred Path,” described the labyrinth as follows: “Based on the circle, the universal symbol for unity and wholeness, the labyrinth sparks the human imagination and introduces it to a kaleidoscopic patterning that builds a sense of relationship: one person to another, to another, to many people, to creation of the whole. It enlivens the intuitive part of our nature and stirs within the human heart the longing for connectedness and the remembrance of our purpose for living. The labyrinth is a sacred place and can give us a firsthand experience of the Divine.”

The labyrinth walk is open to all, without charge. Child care is not available and children will only be allowed to walk the labyrinth if they can walk in such a way as to not disturb others.

Unity Church of Today meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the Genoa Community Church and youth services are held at the same time.

For additional information, call the church office in Gardnerville at (702) 782-4429. Rev. Maryellen Youngs is the minister.