Walking a sacred path: Labyrinth enthusiasts join for gathering in Oklahoma City

More than 60 people took part in “The Day of the Labyrinth” event recently at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in Oklahoma City.
by Carla Hinton Published: August 24, 2013

“These pilgrims could take their journeys in a safe place,” she said.

Joplin said there are other labyrinths in the metro area, including one at Mercy Health Center and one that will be dedicated soon at a local university. First United Methodist Church of Edmond hosts a monthly labyrinth walk. Joplin said she is working on a project to create a labyrinth at the planned Oklahoma City YWCA facility.

“They're popping up everywhere,” she said.

Reasons vary for the renewed interest in labyrinths, she said.

“It could be that we have enormous pressures these days and our attention span has been broken up into bite-size pieces that can lead to a disconnect within us. We are bombarded with images that distract us, but the labyrinth is a prayer tool that can help us to create that inner sanctuary, a place where we can be ourselves and slow things down,” Joplin said.

Joyce Gibb, a member of St. Paul's who has had a longtime interest in labyrinths, agreed.

“We're seeing more and more labyrinths as our society becomes more and more frantic,” Gibb said. “People are living in sound bites, and they are looking for some kind of peace and quiet. You find that in the labyrinth.”

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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