October 21, 2021
For years, we at the Campus Christian Center have had the dream of developing this area into a dedicated Sacred Space for our campus community. We started with the labyrinth. Why a labyrinth? Because it’s an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness and it has been used as a sacred tool for meditation, prayer, and spiritual growth in various cultures around the world for more than 4000 years. The labyrinth is a metaphor for the journey to the center of your deepest self and back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who you are. It invites a person to embark on their own spiritual journey, regardless of religion or no religion. Therefore, it is an assessable spiritual tool for all people. We are delighted that we are able to provide this labyrinth for students, faculty, staff, our children, and our local community members to use as a spiritual tool for prayer, stress relief, meditation, and reflection. We are grateful to the good people at Facilities Management, especially Jordan Kelly, who facilitated its construction. Continue reading Dedication of Campus Memorial Sculpture & Sacred Space →
Rev. Loretta Reynolds
The last 5 weeks have been…strange. Classes, meetings, grading, conferences, and worship services are virtual—reaching out to connect with others from our kitchen tables, basements, and bedroom make-shift offices. In the last few weeks, we have experienced the grief of unfulfilled dreams of graduation celebrations, being geographically separated from friends, losing the personal interaction of the classroom, and many have had to grieve the loss of a loved one without the usual comforting rituals. As unusual as things have been in the past few weeks, life has a way of also continuing to remind us of beauty—babies have been born, couples have gotten married, spring flowers have graced us with a riot of color, and lessons have been learned. Doing things differently has encouraged us to learn new skills, has reminded us to appreciate simple freedoms like buying groceries and sitting down in a restaurant, and we are being given the opportunity to apply Jesus’ instruction to love our neighbor by going the second mile (or in this case, by staying at home!).
These weeks of doing things differently gives us an opportunity to discern how our spiritual practices can help us learn and grow while we are living and working in this strange land. Regardless of your religion or if you have no religious tradition, one spiritual tool that is available to all is the labyrinth. Continue reading The Berea College Labyrinth →