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For the next several months members of St Matthias will be offering their experiences and thoughts related to labyrinths.  This first reflection is from Caroline Tyler, one of youth.  Thank you Caroline.

Labyrinths are my favorite form of prayer. I love the different ways you can use it to meditate. Walking a labyrinth uses your whole body. God leads you through the paths, and even when it seems you're far from the destination, you know you will make it. The act of slowly walking is a relaxing experience, and allows time to have a conversation through prayers. The first labyrinth I had ever walked was at a church for the poor, when a group of the youth went on a retreat to DC. Labyrinths are my favorite way to pray, because I think it is such a unique concept. Whether it's painted on a floor, or made with stones in the woods, labyrinths are used throughout the world as a holy experience.

Caroline Tyler - Grade 11



From October 1 to November 12, 2017, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Goochland will host Beyond Bridges, an exhibition featuring 21 works of premier Christian, Muslim, and Jewish contemporary artists. The exhibition is organized and curated by CARAVAN, a peacebuilding arts nonprofit started by The Reverend Canon Paul-Gordon Chandler. Originally exhibited in Cairo, London, Paris, New York, Chicago, and more, Beyond Bridges seeks to build “creative bridges of dialogue” through its featured artwork by encouraging viewers to discuss similarities in various religions, rather than differences.

Paul-Gordon Chandler, an Episcopal priest, art curator, author, interfaith advocate, and authority on Christian-Muslim relations, will be preaching at the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services at St. Mary’s on October 1. You are also invited to join him in a discussion of his new book, In Search of a Prophet: A Spiritual Journey with Kahlil Gibran during the 10:00 a.m. Adult Forum. In his work, he “explores how Kahlil Gibran, a supreme East-West figure, can be a much-needed guide in the midst of today’s global challenges, related to peace, harmony, and building bridges between the creeds of the Middle East and West.” An opening reception will follow the 11:00 a.m. service.

All October 1 events are open to the public! Please see the attached flyers for more detail, and please feel free to post them anywhere! In addition to the event on October 1, St. Mary’s invites individuals and groups to tour the exhibition Monday-Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. To schedule a weekday visit, contact Elizabeth Baker at (804)784-5678, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..