St. Stephen's to add meditation labyrinth
"We intend to create a public space where guests will always be welcome to walk the labyrinth or just to take a peaceful break from the bustle of their day," says the Reverend Willie Allen-Faiella, rector of St. Stephen's.
Plans for the installation grew from a young parishioner's Eagle Scout project, and the church is partnering with the scout, who is taking a major role in making the labyrinth a reality.
The project is being funded through private donations from parishioners and others, who see it as a gift to the Coconut Grove community. "We are a big part of this community," Allen-Faiella says, "and we want to be part of making it more beautiful."
Christian churches have used labyrinths in worship since the fourth century, according to scholars. In Europe, labyrinths sometimes are embedded into church floors. They can be walked at any pace. Walking a labyrinth may also have health benefits, according to some medical professionals.
" I believe there are emotional and spiritual as well as medical benefits to walking a labyrinth, and we'll be very grateful if people can find some peace, some relief here." Allen-Faiella says.
Watch for the installation on the St. Stephen's frontage at 2750 McFarlane Road.
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