Labyrinth | Library
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There are many ways to describe a labyrinth.
It is a prayer, a walking meditation, a crucible of change, a watering
hole for the spirit, and a mirror of the soul.
The labyrinth is an ancient pattern found
in many cultures around the world. Labyrinth designs can be
found on pottery, tablets, and tiles dating as far back as 4000 years.
Many patterns are based on spirals from nature. In Native American
culture it is called the Medicine Wheel and Man in the Maze.
The Celts described it as the Never Ending Circle. It also is
called the Kabala in mystical Judaism. One feature they all
share is the one path which winds in a circuitous way to the center.
Calvary's labyrinth is called a "Petite
Chartres" and is a replica of the 11-circuit labyrinth of Chartres
Cathedral in France. This pattern, once central to cathedral
culture, was inlaid into the stone floor at Chartres in 1201.
For the last 250 years, however, it has been ignored, covered with
chairs, until the Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress led the effort to reintroduce
the labyrinth into the world as a spiritual tool. One focus
of the work of Dr. Artress and Veriditas has been to make the labyrinth
in Chartres open to the public once again. It is currently open
for walking on most Fridays.
Labyrinths are being used world-wide again to quiet the mind, find
balance, and encourage meditation, insight, and celebration.
They are open to all people as a non-denominational, cross-cultural
tool of well being. They can be found in medical centers, parks,
churches, schools, prisons, memorial parks and retreat centers.
Calvary's Labyrinth is a 7-circuit canvas labyrinth that can be set
up in the church's Great Hall and Orgill Room. The Labyrinth
Ministry is coordinated by Veriditas Certified Facilitator, Lynda
Gayle Deacon, who completed her training at Chartres Cathedral
under Dr. Lauren Artress.
We encourage you to approach the walk quietly,
removing your shoes to protect the canvas. (If you need shoes
for support, you may walk the labyrinth in your shoes.) There
is no right or wrong way to walk the labyrinth. The labyrinth
is not a maze. There are no tricks to it and no dead ends.
At the entrance, you may wish to take a deep breath or make a slight
bow to acknowledge that you are entering sacred space. Follow
the white path into the center. Remain in the center as long
as you wish. Leave the center and follow the same white path
back out again to where you entered.
RELEASE the details, the clutter and worries
of your life. This is an act of shedding thoughts and emotions.
It quiets and empties the mind. This journey from the entrance
to the center is also called "purgation."
RECEIVE as you reach the center and open your
heart and mind. Stay there as long as you like. This
is a place of meditation and prayer. Receive what is there
for you to receive. This also is called "illumination."
RETURN with the healing power of God to do your
work in the world. Each time you walk the labyrinth you will
become more empowered to find and do the work for which you feel
your soul reaching. This return walk from the center and out
into the world also is called "union."
(Some copy adapted with permission from Veriditas,
the Voice of the Labyrinth)
Centrally located next door
to the Great Hall and the main hall of the second floor, the Calvary
Library is a comfortable, nicely furnished room, easily accessible
from both the church and Parish House.
The Library holds nearly 3,000 volumes that are available for loan
on the honor system. Readers can check out a book for up to a month
by filling out the enclosed card and leaving it in the designated
box on the desk.
A card catalog is available to help find a particular author, subject,
or title. All adult books and hardcover children's books are
in the card file; additionally there are a number of smaller children's
books readily accessible to the younger members of the parish.
The library is staffed by volunteers, most of whom are members of
the Library Guild.
The Library's busiest season is Lent, when recordings are made of
every homily during the Lenten
Noonday Preaching Series. These are then duplicated onto cassettes
and CDs and sold at a nominal fee that covers the material and mailing
costs. The proceeds help to maintain the Library.
The Calvary Library is a member of the Church and Synagogue Library
Association and was established in 1977, by the Hester Shortridge
Guild and the family of this late Calvary member who had been active
in diocesan as well as parish work. It has continued to grow with
new books being added regularly. Many of these are purchased as memorials
You are welcome to drop by and browse or look for a special book.
Shortridge Memorial Library Guild
Named for the organizer and first president
of the Women's Auxiliary in the state of Tennessee, this guild was
formed to promote and enhance the Christian education of the parish,
to serve as a resource for people seeking help with their problems
or inspiration for their devotional lives, and to provide attractive,
interesting books for children. Since 1974, Calvary's library has
grown from a cabinet outside the Great Hall to 3,000 volumes. Each
Lent, the Library Guild sells audio tapes and CDs of the speakers
at the Lenten Noonday Preaching
Series. The guild is open to all men and women who are interested
in serving as active workers or interested supporters.
For over 55 years, the annual men's conference
at DuBose has been a statewide gathering of worship and fellowship
for Episcopal men from the three dioceses of Tennessee. All
men of the parish are encouraged to take part in this opportunity
for renewal, learning, and fun. The conference is located at
the DuBose Conference
Center, on scenic Monteagle Mountain near the campus of the University
of the South at Sewanee, in August each year.
St. Clare of Assisi has been named the patron saint of these half-day
silent retreats offered to women once a month during the fall and
spring. Generally held on the first Friday of the month at St.
Columba Conference Center, these retreats give women a chance
to take a break from their busy lives and to just "be."
Each retreat includes a meditation, time of silence for journaling,
meditating, or walking amidst the glorious trees of St. Columba, Holy
Eucharist, and a luncheon. The cost is only $20.