Following an inspiring chat sharing labyrinth stories with Rev Jann Briscoe at St Simon’s Island Presbyterian Church on St Simon’s Island, GA, I wondered whether one of the two, quiet large halls that we’d earlier passed might be suitable for an impromptu visit of the labyrinth.
It transpired that preparations for a concert later in the day were by now underway, hence we turned to plans C and D to locate a free room upstairs. A little tight around the edges, but this didn’t distract from the blessings that the labyrinth gives to all who walk it, nor diminish it’s power in spreading peaceful energy wherever it is laid.
Jann is well advanced in an initiative to bring a permanent labyrinth to St Simon’s, helped in this cause by other visionaries, and the wisdom and deep experience of labyrinth elder Kathryn McLean, whose remarkable work in Florida and elsewhere was an important inspiration for me to pursue the Labyrinth Around America project.
Following our walk, Jann offered a beautiful surprise for me – gifting me a hand crafted stole (scarf), which I’d earlier admired when passing the fair trade Servv stand that occupies one corridor in the church. I’d thought about buying a travelling stole for some time, to use for occasional ministry work “on the fly”. This one, uniquely hand made in Bangladesh, bears virtually identical swirling colours and pattern to the long stole that I wore for my ordination.
Servv’s motto is “creating connections” – something that I’d often felt mine and others’ labyrinth journeys are about, and which Jann and I had reflected upon earlier.
I proudly wore my stole after leaving the island, attracting a few stares at the gas station and “Subway” café where I stopped. The lady at the motel reception desk had to check herself when answering a question that I’d posed…”Yes Ma’am…I mean Sir!” she uttered, as she glanced between me and her computer screen.
Jann showed me the site where she hopes the church labyrinth will go, which was currently marked out with a colourful tape labyrinth. The site seemed perfect, with easy access to the street. God Willing, it will become an important focus for the community here for many years to come.