This is the prayer labyrinth at Trevecca Nazarene University. We put this photo of it here because the web page at the university’s website is gone. All references to the labyrinth and the photos are also gone. It was removed per order of Dr. Dan Boone, President of Trevecca, after several exchanges he and I had via email regarding the school’s promotion of contemplative spirituaity practices, including going on a retreat to the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky.
To our knowledge, the school has not renounced the use of the labyrinth, in spite of removing any references to it from their website.
Here is Dr. Boone’s explanation of why he had it removed from the website. The full exchange can be read at this link: Conversation With A University President
“Leading up to revival, we always create a prayer room where our students can prepare themselves for revival. There are 5 prayer stations. At the first one, students read and meditate on the Psalm, “search me and know my heart, try me and know my ways….” At the second station, they pray for the entire campus to be open to the preaching of the word. At the third station, they pray for lost friends on the campus to be saved during the meeting. At the fourth station, they pray for our chaplain, the musicians, and the evangelist. And at the fifth station, they pray for their family and church back home. Two years ago we called this a prayer labyrinth. This identification bothered some people because of the association with pagan labyrinths. So we stopped calling it that.”
That is Dr. Boone’s explanation. my question is, what difference does it make? Your students are still doing it.