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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

St. Stephen's to add meditation labyrinth

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, plans to install a labyrinth, a circular pathway used for meditation and prayer, in front of the church on McFarlane Road beginning this summer. The labyrinth will be open free to the public once it is finished.

"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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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So will this privately funded labyrinth project be on their very own St. Stephen's private property or will it be located on our public park area, that they arranged an exclusive long term lease with Sarnoff? And will this labyrinth attract the homeless and muggers? Let it be on their own property and not ours.

June 28, 2016 10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous @ 10:51, you ought to be ashamed of yourself. The article quite clearly says it's "on the St. Stephen's frontage." Rather than excluding anyone from anything, this project is welcoming you, the general public, onto their private land. I fail to see how planting what looks like four trees and some shrubs and laying down some concrete is going to "attract the homeless and muggers." But if it does, great. Maybe they can achieve the emotional and spiritual salvation there that you so desperately lack.

June 29, 2016 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with 10:51 that It's a legitimate question as its not very clear from the drawings. Over the years they've already expanded their 'footprint' into public peacock park as well as the public alley on the west side of their property. And there's no need for the 'holier than thou' remarks.

June 30, 2016 9:26 PM  

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