Lenoir-Rhyne University invites the public to attend a dedication ceremony for its newly constructed labyrinth in the University quad near Mauney-Schaeffer hall. The dedication will take place on Monday, November 14 from 10 to 10:45 a.m.
The ceremony will celebrate the completion of this unique sacred space, which is intended to provide a location where people of all faiths can pursue their inner spiritual journeys. Newly appointed campus Vicar, Vern Kinard, will lead the ceremony which will include a blessing, prayers, and sacred songs. After the ceremony attendees will have an opportunity to walk the labyrinth and explore the space in their own way.
Students and faculty of the Lineberger Fellows program at LRU were instrumental in the design and planning of construction for the labyrinth. The project was made possible by Helgi and Buck Shuford who provided a generous contribution toward construction of the project, which was given in honor of Linda Salumaa, Helgi's mother who journeyed from Estonia to the U.S. during WWII.
Labyrinths can be found in prehistoric sites around the world, and have recently received a resurgence of interest as people look for ways to strengthen and diversify their spiritual lives. "The labyrinth is a meaningful addition to the campus and will be used formally and informally by students, faculty, staff, visitors, and community members to explore areas related to mindfulness, wholeness and groundedness," said Dr. Rand Brandes, Lineberger Fellows Director. "Labyrinths differ significantly from mazes in that the goal of walking a labyrinth is to find yourself through meditation and self-reflection. In contrast, a maze is a puzzle that one tries to solve by using one's reason and logic. Labyrinths engage the heart and spirit. Mazes engage the mind and intellect."
The Lineberger Fellows program is designed to recognize, support and celebrate the many achievements of highly motivated and talented LRU students.