Trinity Episcopal Church, 611 West Berry in Fort Wayne, will dedicate its new outdoor labyrinth at noon on Saturday, September 12. Certified facilitators will be available that afternoon for those wishing to walk the labyrinth and learn more about it.
The labyrinth, which is located on the church property on the corner of Berry and Broadway, is available for anyone in the community to walk. Over the course of the next year training from Veriditas—the world-wide labyrinth movement—will be offered for those wishing to become certified trainers.
If a group wishes to walk the labyrinth, or use it for a program, contact should be made with the church office at 260-423-1693 to reserve the space.
Labyrinths have many uses—they can be used for prayer and meditation, problem solving, therapy for stroke patients, or simply as a way to quiet the mind and take a mental break.
The labyrinth at Trinity Episcopal took about two months to build on site with ground preparation and laying of the stones, which were plotted and shaped prior to being placed on the property. The labyrinth at Trinity Episcopal is a replica of the one in Chartres Cathedral in Chartres, France.
Trinity Episcopal will be doing further work on the west side of its building to improve handicap accessibility as well as landscaping this corner. As one of the oldest churches in Fort Wayne, with a newly refurbished organ and a strong interest in the arts, the congregation hopes to offer more programs to the community at large and become a spot where the arts are accessible to those who cannot afford ticket prices at other venues.
The labyrinth can be the basis for strategic planning work by non-profits and businesses and a place “to get away to” for those working downtown. Interestingly enough, when parishioners talked with Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry about this project he pointed out that almost everyone who works in downtown works in a high stress profession and wellness for those people is important. The labyrinth can be a part of that.