Reconciliation Labyrinth is now open at Christ Episcopal Church, 20 W. First St.
Photo: Submitted by Tom Schaefer
Photo: Submitted by Tom Schaefer

New place of quiet reflection downtown to be dedicated this weekend 

“Clear your mind of whatever is bugging you,” Schaefer said. “The labyrinth gives what the labyrinth gives.”

A place for quiet reflection smack dab in the middle of Dayton’s busy downtown will be officially celebrated this weekend. 

Christ Episcopal Church, 20 W. First St., will dedicate its Reconciliation Labyrinth following the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, May 26, Tom Schaefer, the labyrinth project’s director, told this news organization.

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“I imagine we’ll gather outside around 11:30 (a.m.),” he said via email. “Pretty cool thing for a downtown ‘on the rise.’” 

the event will include music, prayer and ice cream. 

The church raised about $40,000 for the labyrinth project. 

The spaces that now holds the etched concrete labyrinth once held the church’s Chapel of Reconciliation.

Dating back to 1956, it was taken down in 2013 due to structural issues.

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Church members decided what to do with the space. 

Similar to mazes (there are no dead ends, and only one path to the center), labyrinths can be found in several cultures and religions. 

A stone leading up to Christ Episcopal’s 24-feet wide, seven circle labyrinth advises visitors to “enter with an open mind and an open heart.” 

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Reconciliation Labyrinth is now open at Christ Episcopal Church, 20 W. First St., Tom Schaefer, the project’s director, told this news organization.

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The church considers it a public space. 

“It is not hidden in the bowels of the church,” he said. “It is out for there for anyone to use.” 

The church exceeded its $30,000 goal for the project by about $10,000. 

The money will be used for landscaping, printed material, maintenance and other needs. 

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The spaces that now hold the etched concrete labyrinth once held the church’s Chapel of Reconciliation.

Dating back to 1956, it was taken down in 2013 due to structural issues.

Church members decided what to do with the space. 

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“We’d been praying about it a long time,” Schaefer said. 

Docents will be sought for the labyrinth, but Schaefer said the use of the spaces meant for meditative walks will be up to the users. 
Similar to mazes (there are no dead ends, and only one path to the center), labyrinths can be found in several cultures and religions. 

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Schaefer said they date back to 300 A.D. in Christianity. 

A stone leading up to Christ Episcopal’s 24-feet wide, seven circle labyrinth advises visitors to “enter with an open mind and an open heart.” 

Reconciliation Labyrinth is now open at Christ Episcopal Church, 20 W. First St.
Photo: Submitted by Tom Schaefer

“Clear your mind of whatever is bugging you,” Schaefer said. “The labyrinth gives what the labyrinth gives.”  

Reconciliation Labyrinth is now open at Christ Episcopal Church, 20 W. First St.
Photo: Submitted by Tom Schaefer
Reconciliation Labyrinth is now open at Christ Episcopal Church, 20 W. First St.
Photo: Submitted by Tom Schaefer

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