World Labyrinth Day 2022 – Walking for Peace in Our World – Self Guided Walk

by the Labyrinth Sub-Committee of MILC (Manitou Intentional Learning Community

This is our eighth celebration of World Labyrinth Day in Sudbury and our first in person one after two years of virtual! We are glad that you can be with us in spirit using this script! Try to walk with us “as one at 1:00” on Saturday, May 7.

If you don’t have a finger labyrinth, here’s a link to instructions on how to make one:

You could use the same design concept on your lawn and use spray paint to draw it for a temporary labyrinth the way this person did: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=226534064976841

Our theme this year includes readings and songs about peace and the natural world. We hope that you can access the links to these before or during your walk. There are three original pieces that are printed here. Enjoy, and may you embody the peace we all want to see in the world.

Spirals and Labyrinths – Rev. Dawn Vaneyk

A labyrinth is designed to work the way a spiral works – there is one path and one path only. It leads you to the centre. If you watch someone prepare a soft serve ice cream cone, you will notice at the end, they do a swirl with the ice cream, like a spiral, round and round, one round on top of the other till it makes a little peak. Some labyrinths are complex spirals. You seem to be on the outside, and getting closer to the centre and then you are on the outside again. But even a complex spiral is a spiral and you will not find a dead end or get lost. That very path will take you to the centre and also out again where you began.

When we walk the labyrinth spiral, we can feel a connection to other spirals in the universe. Our universe itself is called a spiral universe.

You can see other spirals in nature: In the spring, the ferns aren’t big broad leaves. They begin their journey to BE big broad leaves by first being a “fiddlehead” – a small plant all curled into a spiral shape. You can look for those at this time of year.

Look at the house of a snail, the cross section of an ammonite fossil from 66 million years ago – there are spirals!

We carry spirals inside our bodies: our fingerprint is like a spiral, the cochlea in our ear is a spiral. Our DNA is a spiral. Even our bones, especially when young, grow in a spiral form.

When we walk the labyrinth, we are connected, not only to ancestors who, long ago built labyrinths for walking, but we are connected to the earth and her creatures, to our own bodies, and so, because we are human, to all the other people walking the labyrinth with us, the people we may be thinking of or praying for, and the people walking labyrinths all throughout the world today.

Before walking the labyrinth with your feet or your fingers today, find a picture of DNA. Find a picture of a fiddlehead, a snail, an ammonite, a spiral galaxy.
Marvel at how connected we are to creation and one another, past and present.

Directions For Labyrinth Walking – Rev. Dawn Vaneyk

At the entrance: Perhaps invite the guidance of the Spirit in your walk; Some people like to offer a concrete prayer for guidance or help; some simply ‘set their intention’ – to intend to be open to whatever gift the walk will give.

The walk in: don’t “force” anything ; walk with awareness – of your feet, of sounds and sights, of feelings – you don’t need to follow those things and get involved with them, or lost in the story they might tell ; just notice and let go. Be here.

At the Centre: Rest for a time in God’s Presence/ in the gift of having reached the Centre; you may wish to face the four directions; to be still; to be grateful; to listen. When the time is right, begin the path out.

On the way out: again, enjoy the walk; if a thought or guidance comes to you, be grateful. If this is just the first time this week you have slowed down to do nothing but be and walk – just be, and walk. It’s a sacred gift.

At the end: take a moment to give thanks for the walk, for the gift of it, for the fruit of it that may not come today, but at some moment when you need it.

If peace comes by Hakim Karwan, 21. Afghanistan.

The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Barry

Peace on Earth by Marilyn Boileau

As we have gathered here at the labyrinth, in this natural setting, hearing the birds, surrounded by evergreen trees and feeling the wind, sun or rain on our faces. I’m reminded we are all part of something so much greater than ourselves. It is heartwarming to realize we are gathered together with others around the world in our desire for peace in the world.

I’m going to set my intention for my walk with the words from the song “Let there be Peace on Earth” written by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson Miller.

Prayer for Peace

Song: Salaam Alaikum

World Labyrinth Day 2022


Saturday, May 7, 2022, 12:45 pm

“Walking for Peace in our World”

Join us for our first in person World Labyrinth Day celebration since the start of the pandemic!

At the Lourdes Grotto, 271 Van Horne St., Sudbury

We will gather at the labyrinth at the top of the hill (the gate will be open, so you can park right at the labyrinth site) at 12:45 pm for some opening words, and at 1:00pm on we will join those around the world in a wave of peace as we “walk as one at 1:00”. 

Together we will discover connections between the labyrinth, the world, ourselves and nature. There will be readings and songs throughout, and you will be invited to do some nature ‘wandering’ after walking the labyrinth. Families with children are especially welcome as the first part of the event will be geared to them. Individually wrapped refreshments will be offered as well.                                                                    

Please wear a mask, as we will be close together at times on the labyrinth.

This event is presented by St. Peter’s United Church and the Manitou Intentional Learning Community (MILC)

Discipleship in a Burning World

Discipleship in a Burning World: Christian Faith and Ecological Crisis 

The changes that human beings must undertake in order to adequately respond to the ecological crisis are complex and difficult. While we have expressed concern over the need for change for decades, we have been largely ineffective, and the crisis, in its various dimensions, has been careening out of control. In this talk, I will address two essential pieces of the solution for people of faith: coming to a new understanding of who we are as the human species in creation, and understanding what discipleship means and its potential for transformative action in the face of the ecological crisis.

Join us for an online event exploring Christian faith and ecological crisis with Rev. Dr. Jessica Hetherington.

April 27, 2022 @ 7pm on Zoom.

Registration is now closed.

The Rev. Dr. Jessica Hetherington, ecotheologian and ordained minister, is a preacher, speaker and teacher who inspires people of faith to transform their lives and actions in response to the ecological crisis. She holds a PhD in Theology from Saint Paul University and serves in the United Church of Canada.d dreams for environmental behaviour change./

Lenten Study: Death of Jesus for Progressive Christians

The Manitou Intentional Learning Community invites you to participate in a three-week Lenten book study, The Death of Jesus for Progressive Christians published in 2019. Donald Schmidt’s study guides participants through the Biblical stories about the death of Jesus “invit[ing] us to ask the larger question hanging in the background. Why did Jesus die?” Schmidt suggests that “Jesus’ theme of God’s involvement in the world on behalf of the marginalized . . . was a major challenge to the religious order of the day. It had to be stopped.” The ideas explored in this text resonate with people of faith in the modern world. In the introduction, Schmidt writes: “The point of this study is to help you . . . analyze, celebrate, incarnate, and try to live out the powerful story of the events leading up to Jesus’ death and burial.”

Leadership will be provided by Rev. Dave LeGrand, Rev. Erin Todd, and Rev. Dawn Vaneyk.

Sessions will take place via Zoom from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m:

Monday, March 21, March 28 and April 4

Getting a Copy of the Book:

  • The study guide can be purchased through Woodlake Publishing and is also available in an ebook or kindle edition.
  • If you are in Sudbury and would like a print book, we will be placing an order with Grand River on Friday, March 4th and these will be available for pick up from St. Peter’s. Please email your request to [email protected].
  • The book can also be purchased online from Amazon.
  • Chapters in Sudbury will order the book for pick up.

 For more information contact Gillian at [email protected].

Registration is now closed.

Amplifying Voices On Turtle Island

Black Lives Matter-Sudbury, a Black led coalition of educators, students, activists, artists, and others working in solidarity with Indigenous communities, present their second annual Intersectional Caucus on Saturday, February 26th and Sunday, February 27th, 2022 starting at 12 PM EST. This free online conference titled “Amplifying voices on Turtle Island” will once again centre and uplift the voices of Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) and 2SLGBTQ+ activists, leaders, educators, and change-makers from across Turtle Island. 

This event features a total of six culturally responsive panels and one key-note presentation — each followed by engaging Q&As with panelists. Audiences will be able to learn about the on-going journey towards dismantling oppressive systems of power, combating inequality, and imagining new futures for marginalized communities. 

Manitou Intentional Learning Community recognizes the importance of centring the voices of Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) in our learning and engagement in decolonization. Please consider joining our leadership team in attending “Amplifying Voices On Turtle Island.” Following the Intersectional Caucus, MILC will host an online “Coffee Talk” on Tuesday, March 1 at 6:30 pm. Join us in open conversation to share our discoveries, questions and learning: What did we learn? How can we integrate this learning into our lives as individuals, as members of faith communities and as Canadians? What more do we need to learn to become anti-racist and how can we best do this? 

Go to Amplifying Voices on Turtle Island, for more information and to register for the event.

Check out the promotional and social media material for “Amplifying Voices on Turtle Island” on their Facebook page.

Read more about the event from Sudbury.com.

Registration for MILC’s ‘Coffee Talk’ on Tuesday March 1 is now closed.

Lenten Inspirations

So,… it’s that time of the year again… time for Lenten planning. Join Rev. Stewart Walker and others for a time of reflection and discussion of the Lent and Easter lectionary readings and how we might frame the Easter message in this particular time we are all living through. As is usual for this recurring Lenten event, we will look at the scriptures but we will also share how we do/did Lent, Holy Week and Easter in a time of uncertainty.

The Manitou Intentional Learning Community invites you to attend a workshop designed for all those who are responsible for preparing worship during Lent and Easter.

Saturday, February 5th from 9:30 to noon via Zoom.

For more information, contact Gillian at [email protected]

Advent Labyrinth Walk

** Event Cancelled due to inclement weather. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Saturday, December 11 from 12:00-4:00pm

Lourdes Grotto Labyrinth, 271 Van Horne St.

The Manitou Intentional Learning Community’s (MILC) labyrinth sub-committee presents our first outdoor in person labyrinth walk since the beginning of the pandemic!!

It will be a group event but people will walk the labyrinth individually or in ‘bubbles’ of people. We would ask you to sign up for a 20-minute slot between the hours of 12:00 and 4:00pm. If you’d rather just show up, be advised that you may have to wait a little while for your turn.

Please e-mail Amy to book your spot: [email protected]

The gate will be open, so you can drive directly up to the labyrinth and we will have sanded paths for you to walk. Members of the sub-committee will be there to guide you and offer warm refreshments!

If you would rather stay home, you can watch last year’s Winter Solstice Walk. You can find the video on YouTube on the St. Peter’s United channel:

Advent Study 2021

Do you hear what I hear? Do you see what I see?

A three-part journey exploring the Christmas story through different lenses

December 1st, 8th and 15th – 6:30 to 8:30pm via Zoom

Session 1: Hearing 2SLGBTQ+ Voices Wednesday, December 1st

Guests: 

~Aidan Legault, M.Div. student, Emmanuel College, Toronto

~Rev. June Joplin, Associate Pastor, Metropolitan Community Church, Toronto

~Peter Haddow, North Bay, LLWL and Team Lead of CSRC Affirming Resource Team

~Poetry and music with Natalie Wilson and Ralph Johnston, St. Andrew’s United Church, North Bay.

Session 2: Hearing Black Voices Wednesday, December 8th

Guests:  

~Rev. Alydia Smith, Identity and Mission Network Coordinator, UCC General Council

~Joy Kalu, Chair, Congregational Care Community, St. Peter’s United Church, Sudbury

Session 3: Sharing Our Reflections Wednesday, December 15th

An opportunity to reflect in how our learnings are relevant and important to people of faith and their communities.

For further information, contact Gillian at [email protected].

MILC AGM 2021

MILC Invites you to the Annual General Meeting followed by

Inside / Outside: New Ways of Being Church

Wednesday, November 10th, 2021

Via Zoom 6:30 to 8:00pm

Guest Speakers

Faye Moffatt, Trinity United Church, CapreolNo-one to Preach: Sermon Share Might be for You

Rev. Cory Vermeer Cuthbert, Holy Trinity United Church, Elliot Lake  – Not Your Usual Yard Sale

Susie Henderson, Shining Waters Regional Council Staff TeamRestoring the Great Conversation: The Wild Church Movement

Hymns with Faye Moffatt

There will be time for discussion and sharing: How have you and your faith community been thinking outside the box and finding new ways to be church in response to the pandemic?

For further information, contact Gillian at  [email protected]