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Posted July 31, 2013 in Community Featured, Clear Lake
The entrance to the sacred Galilean Lutheran Church labyrinth is being modified to include a visitor’s center, which is expected to be completed by the end of summer.

The entrance to the sacred Galilean Lutheran Church labyrinth is being modified to include a visitor’s center, which is expected to be completed by the end of summer.

There is a place in Clear Lake where people can take a spiritual journey unlike any other. Galilean Lutheran Church is home to a sacred meditation area known as the labyrinth, and this year it will receive an upgrade to make it that much more beautiful to its visitors.

According to ancient Greek mythology, a labyrinth is described as an “enclosure made up for interconnecting circles designed by the Athenian craftsman Daedalus,” in a story which is told on the Galilean website. The enclosure was meant to imprison the mythical Minotaur that was half man and half bull. The creature was said to have dangerous powers that would be debilitated within the labyrinth.

At Galilean, a walk through the labyrinth symbolizes the journey many believers took to reach their holy place during times of religious persecution.

“You just walk through it and meditate,” says church member Mary Ann Flaten. “It’s a place to contemplate and worship and just go through and do whatever you want. They are not guided tours; you take them at your own pace.”

Visitors of all religions are welcome to walk the 40-foot circular pattern cut into an open grass field located just north of the church. Church member Jacob Welper began working on plans to improve the labyrinth as a part of his Eagle Scouts leader service project.

“I’m building a welcome center for the labyrinth,” Welper says. “It’s going to be a three-season area, and then I’m going to hopefully build a deck out in front.”

Welper said the project has been funded by donations.

“Another church member — a friend of mine — was thinking about building a welcome center there,” Welper says. That’s how he got the idea. “My brother built a shed there for his Eagle Scout project, so I’m just adding right onto that.”

Welper hopes to finish the project by the end of the summer with the help of his fellow Eagle Scouts.

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