Second Saturdays: Walking Our Way Into Prayer
presented by the Northern Lights region
Walking Our Way Into Prayer: Labyrinth Practice as a pathway for Engaging Spirit – Rev. Warren Lynn
This online retreat is shaped for those who haven’t ever used a labyrinth before, as well as those who currently use labyrinths in their spiritual practice. We will spend a bit of time getting to know labyrinths in the context of the Christian tradition, take some time for engaging our own finger labyrinths as a devotional, contemplative experience, and being prepared to step out at mid-day to do our own walking labyrinth project outside.
You will be provided access to an online resource map to see if there is a labyrinth you can use for mid-day solo time, or how to engage the sidewalk outside your home in a similar way. For those who are less mobile, you’ll learn ideas for using your finger labyrinth on your own as a way to spend some solo time during the mid-day.
The afternoon session will begin with a second finger labyrinth exercise, then move to check-in and reflect on mid-day solo time. Following, we will spend time according to group interest. Some ideas may include: how to build your own labyrinth, how to use a labyrinth as a space of sanctuary, ideas for bringing labyrinth practice into your congregational and/or other institutional life, and/or more.
You’ll want to make sure you have the finger labyrinth provided by the regional office, some color tools (pens, pencils, crayons, other), appropriate clothing for mid-day outdoors if you choose, and an engaging spirit to enjoy the day.
The Rev. Warren Lynn is a Disciples Pastor who has served congregations in Texas, Illinois, Washington and Montana. For the last eighteen years he has been on staff at Disciples Home Missions, a General Ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Warren has used labyrinths in personal spiritual practice for around 30 years. Since 2000, he has also been teaching others how to incorporate labyrinth-work into their own spiritual life. A Certified Advanced Labyrinth Facilitator through Veriditas, Warren also previously served on The Veriditas Council, to provide training and leadership to other labyrinth facilitators [https://www.veriditas.org/page-1863725]. He has consulted with many congregations and other organizations, helping them establish their own active labyrinth ministries. Warren is a ritual and liturgy creator for labyrinth experiences, and builder of labyrinths across North America [https://www.wellfedspirit.org/welcome/spiritual-practices/labyrinths/index.html]. Warren was a founding leader for Global Healing Response [http://globalhealingresponse.com], an organized plan since 2004, using the labyrinth and labyrinth community for unified healing, and to promote mindful engagement around times and experiences of emergency, crisis or disaster.