Next to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, there is a labyrinth made of rocks. The labyrinth is one of the oldest contemplative and transformational tools known to humankind, used for centuries for prayer, ritual, initiation, and personal and spiritual growth. Its archetypal image is found throughout history in cultures including Ancient Egyptian, Cretan, Celtic, Scandinavian, and Native American. The most famous labyrinth from ancient times was the Cretan one, the supposed lair of the mythological Minotaur which Theseus slew with the aid of Ariadne and her spool of golden thread. When early Christians could not make their pilgrimages to Jerusalem, the church adopted labyrinths to offer the faithful a way of fulfilling their sacred vows. Christians made their pilgrimages to Chartres, Rheims or Amiens to complete their physical and spiritual journeys in the cathedral labyrinths. The UUFG labyrinth is modeled after the one in the stone floor of Chartres Cathedral, just outside of Paris, France. Inlaid into the Cathedral floor in 1201, the Chartres labyrinth has eleven concentric paths that wind through four quadrants of a circle. As you journey through our labyrinth, to its center and back, we trust that you will rediscover a long forgotten tradition made new in our day.
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