Note: Most of these events are described elsewhere within this website, including registration forms for them. This is a summary of these related events focusing on spiritual formation with the Labyrinths at St. Paul's.
"Taking Our Place," a series of spiritual formation events, most related to the Labyrinth, will be at St. Paul’s United Methodist Houston from October 29 to November 3.
This particular weekend is a significant time to come together, “taking our place” as a part of the generations gone before in the great celebration of saints and looking toward the transitions of life into the future. This transitional time in the calendar is recognized in many traditions — the Christian practice of All-Saints Day, the Hispanic community’s traditional Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos), the Celtic tradition’s Samhain – as a time to remember and renew.
The events at St. Paul’s over these several days will include
- Two free lectures, Thursday evening and Sunday morning
- A workshop on Saturday about using the Labyrinth in rituals for life. This workshop also will qualify attendees for Labyrinth facilitator training
- An All Saints Choral Evensong service at 4 p.m. Sunday with Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem in its original version with chamber orchestra of strings, horns, harp, and organ. A lighted Labyrinth walk outside will follow.
- A two-day Labyrinth facilitator training workshop
All but the evensong will be presented by the Rev. Dr. Kay Mutert, Veriditas Master Teacher, below.
More information about each Labyrinth-related event is provided below in chronological order:
“History and Significance of the Labyrinth,” a free lecture, will be Thursday, October 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. To register for the $5 dinner and/or childcare, please follow this link.The $5 for dinner will be taken at the door.
The Saturday workshop, Taking Our Place, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and focus on the theme of compassion, memory, love, and healing. It will include a labyrinth walk, art expression, and reflection time. To register, please go to www.stpaulshouston.org/events/takingourplace and scroll down to "Add to Cart."
“Role of the Labyrinth along the Road to Reconciliation,” a free lecture in St. Paul’s Ordinary Life Class, will be Sunday, November 1, at 9:45 a.m.
Veriditas Facilitator Training will be Monday and Tuesday, November 2 and 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. For more information about Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator Training, please see www.veriditas.org/ft. To register for this training, please go to www.veriditas.org/event-1812849
The Labyrinth seems deceptively easy to introduce to others; yet, if a person does not have a satisfying first experience walking the labyrinth, they do not easily return to walk again. The Veriditas Facilitator Training, which began in 1997, remains the most rigorous and comprehensive training available. Some people take this two-day course to deepen their knowledge of labyrinths. Others take it with the goal of becoming a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator.
For more information about any of the other events or St. Paul’s, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call St. Paul’s at 713-528-0527.