"Religion is mythology misunderstood." -- Joseph Campbell. His point is that religions tend to treat their myths as the literal truth, and that gets you in to trouble. In America, this is most visible in the Christian Right, but the problem is by no means limited to followers of Christ. "Ceci n'est pas une pipe." -- René François Ghislain Magritte
. In other words, the symbol is not the object.
But not all religion is a misunderstanding of mythology. Check out the following events taking place at the labyrinth in the basement of Boulder's First United Methodist Church at 1421 Spruce St. in Boulder. The Crucifixion (crucifiction?) is a powerful symbol of death and rebirth, sacrifice for a greater cause, assumption of responsibility, and transition from an old life into a new. It doesn't really matter if the story of Easter is true, because it's the story that matters.
I probably can't make it to any of these, but I'm considering attending the sunrise service at Red Rocks
, in large part because I think sunrise at Red Rocks would be a lot of fun. And there's something poetic about greeting the return of the Sun and the return of the Son at the same time.
1) Labyrinth Easter Vigil - Friday, April 9th at Noon until
Easter Morning at 6:00 A.M. ending with a Sunrise Service
Friday the 9th - Stations of Cross at Noon and 7:00
P.M. - Walk the Labyrinth in Meditation as the 14 stations of Jesus
journey to the cross and tomb are meditated upon. At the Noon Service,
The Daily Camera will be visiting us to participate in the experience.
They will be considerably different than Mel Gibson's "The Passion"
Saturday the 10th - Holy Mourning Service at 7:00
P.M. - This service will be a time to mourn and let go of any loss during
the last year as we enter the tomb and earth together.
Sunday the 11th - Easter Morning Service at 6:00
A.M. - This service begin our celebration of Easter with the empty tomb, new
life, and communion on the Labyrinth.
The Labyrinth will be open for 42 hours continuously so you can journey
with Christ in our heart from the cross, to the tomb, to the resurrection. On
Friday Afternoon and evening one can walk the Station's of the Cross on
the Labyrinth and then on Sunday Morning at 6:00 A.M. there will be a
special sunrise service on the Labyrinth to end the vigil. Special ritual,
prayer and music will be part of the vigil.
We also need volunteers to staff the continuous 42 hour vigil. If you
would like volunteer for a 3-hour period please call Jo Ann Mast at 303-
258-3582 or e-mail at jomast @ earthlink.net or Trevor Potter at 303-442-
3770 ext. 136 or e-mail at tpotter @ fumcboulder.org. There will be places
to sleep and rest during the night portions of the vigil.
2) Easter Path of Prayer Service - Sunday at 6:30 P.M.
Join this live service of music, healing, and walking the
Labyrinth for Easter at 6:30 P.M. on the Labyrinth.
I recommend these events to anyone who's interested. The labyrinth is also open during most business days for anyone to walk. My circle even used it in a Pagan initiation event as the initiate navigated his good and bad past experiences with Christianity. In Boulder, the Christians and the Pagans and the Buddhists can get together and create something wonderful :-)