Greenfield community labyrinth dedication on Sunday

  • Community members and volunteers worked in late May to build the labyrinth on the campus of The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew on Federal and Church streets. STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Wendy Goodman places bricks evenly along the labyrinth that was built in late May on the campus of The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew on Federal and Church streets. STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • The labyrinth built by volunteers on the campus of The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew will be dedicated on Sunday at 4 p.m. STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 9/18/2019 6:09:48 PM
Modified: 9/18/2019 6:09:37 PM

GREENFIELD — The six-path community labyrinth built by volunteers on the campus of The Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew this spring will be dedicated on Sunday.

A community celebration will be held at 8 Church St. at 4 p.m. There will be speakers, music and refreshments, and then attendees will be invited to walk the labyrinth at the end, according to Maggie Sweeney, one of the organizers who helped build the labyrinth.

Brick by brick, the volunteers, many of whom are members of the Community Labyrinth Coalition, completed construction of the labyrinth in late May.

A labyrinth is a one-course path — one way in and one way out — with no decisions to be made, unlike a maze that is a puzzle intended to amuse and deceive. A labyrinth is a geometric pattern that has a well-defined pathway that winds its way to the center.

Labyrinths have a history that goes back more than 3,000 years to ancient Greece, and the structure encourages contemplation, much like yoga or walking meditation, which the coalition said it hopes will happen for those who walk it.

The labyrinth is open to everyone, as is the dedication ceremony on Sunday.

Reach Anita Fritz at 413-772-0261, ext. 269 or afritz@recorder.com.


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