While the purpose of Menno-lite is to shine the spotlight on the MB Herald, occasionally another piece of Mennonite monkey business comes along that needs exposure.
Camp Squeah in Hope, B.C. (Canada) is a Christian camp run by Mennonite Church of British Columbia. This weekend a retreat was held there for young adults which has been advertised in the bulletins and on the websites of quite a few Mennonite churches. The (pdf) description for the retreat this weekend, which contains a picture very similar to this one, states the following:
Practices for Growing in Grace
Feb 4-6, 2011
MCBC Young Adults Retreat
[picture of 2 people walking a labyrinth]
What are these people doing???
Are they lost? Are they sunbathing? Have they wandered into a mystical portal that has doomed them to spend an eternity trapped in its nefarious web?
Or are they engaging in an ancient spiritual practice, one that can help them to connect to God and grow in their faith, one that just might do the same for you?
ERV KLASSEN knows the answer. Come join us at Camp, and find out for yourself!
WHAT IS IT?
A weekend retreat for young adults at beautiful Camp Squeah, with a focus on relaxing and making new friends, and a chance to learn about practicing the presence of God. Erv Klassen, of Columbia Bible College(1) fame, will speak, guide, and demonstrate in three sessions about various spiritual practices.
Did the young adults who came home today from this weekend retreat at Camp Squeah walk the labyrinth?
The retreat description may joke about it, but it’s no joking matter, as the labyrinth IS a mystical portal, and a spiritually dangerous one. According to researcher Carl Teichrib, “the labyrinth is, by its theological nature, an inter-religious and deeply mystical device.”
Read about it here:
The Labyrinth Journey: Walking the Path to Fulfillment?
By Carl Teichrib
There is, in fact, NO method or ancient practice that will help these young adults connect to God. He already made the way to do that, by sending His Son Jesus Christ to pay the price for our sins which separated us from God. We can now enter into His presence through His precious blood, not a labyrinth.
(1) COLUMBIA BIBLE COLLEGE also offers a 3- day Spiritual Formation Retreat in their QUEST program which involves a study and practice in spiritual disciplines. Theologically, CBC is evangelical Anabaptist and is operated by two regional Mennonite conferences, British Columbia Mennonite Brethren and Mennonite Church British Columbia.
Can you Practice the Presence of God?
Enter the labyrinth
Into the Mennonite Labyrinth
*For research purposes, see labyrinth resources on Mennonite Church Canada website: