An essay by Dr. Jennifer Sasser, gerontology program director, was published in the International Journal of Reminiscence and Lifelong Learning in January 2015.
Dr. Eunice Schroeder, religious studies faculty, was featured in The Columbian in January 2014, in a write-up about her annual New Year's Day labyrinth walk.
Excerpt from an article by Eric Florip in The Columbian,
January 1, 2014.
Diane Weber approached the exit of the labyrinth, marked with a small rug and two candles. She paused, put her hands together, then stepped into 2014.
"It's very centering," Weber, a Vancouver resident, said of the experience. "I feel like my year starts off on the right foot."
Walking a labyrinth has become a New Year's Day ritual for Weber in recent years. She joined others in silently taking a meditative walk Wednesday through a single winding path, laid out on a large canvas inside Vancouver's First Presbyterian Church.
The church has hosted the event for several years with Eunice Schroeder of Sacred Journey Ministries.
For most, the journey represents something new every time, Schroeder said.
"We're different every time we walk," Schroeder said. "It's about what's going on inside of us."
The ancient rite of walking a labyrinth can be a deeply spiritual, reflective process, said Schroeder, who lives in the Vancouver area. It can be a chance to spend time in prayer. On an open guest book at Wednesday's walk, one person simply wrote, "release."
Schroeder has made labyrinth walks a central part of her ministry — and her own personal journey.
"When you're walking that winding path, it's like life," Schroeder said. "It's not a straight line."
Eunice Schroeder is a member of the faculty in the Department of Religious Studies. She is director of Sacred Journey Ministries, utilizing spiritual direction/mentoring and the sacred labyrinth to bring insight, healing and wholeness to individuals and groups from all spiritual backgrounds.