Cooper School of Discipleship - Prayer Labyrinth
UPUMC's Prayer Labyrinth is located on the eastern lawn of our property, between the sanctuary and education wing of our church. The labyrinth is available at any time to anyone wishing to be in quiet prayer, thought or meditation. Further information on walking the labryinth is available at the Labryinth Station next to the information desk. If you would like to make a reservation for a group, please call the church office at 214-368-1435.
What is a labyrinth?
The labyrinth has been used for centuries for prayer, ritual, initiation and spiritual growth. Walking the labyrinth deepens spirituality, encourages us to turn inward and puts us in contact with the soul.
A labyrinth walk is much like a contemplative walk or a symbolic journey. It usually takes 20-30 minutes. There are three stages:
Walking in - a time to let go of life's tensions
Standing at the center - a time to be still and silent. A time to listen to God.
Walking out - a time to feel at one with God, yourself and your neighbor.
The use of the labyrinth as a spiritual tool became popular during the time of the Crusades when conflict in the Holy Land prevented medieval Christians from making their required pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Church leaders designated seven great European cathedrals as pilgrimage sites and installed labyrinth patterns (technically, unicursal paths) on the floor of several of them. By following the path, pilgrims could make a symbolic journey to Jerusalem, with the center of the labyrinth standing in for their destination. Church labyrinths are characteristically flat or inlaid into the floor of the nave of the church. In recent years, a remarkable revival of interest in this ancient prayer pattern has again emerged.
We encourage members and guests to take advantage of this unique and powerful resource.