Mennonite Brethren Sponsored University Promoting the Labyrinth and Taize?

Is this Mennonite Brethren sponsored university condoning the labyrinth? Rather than warning about the labyrinth as an inter-religious and mystical device, this recent blog article appears to recommend its use…


I first became acquainted with labyrinths through my studies in Medieval literature and culture. One of the most famous labyrinths is embedded in the floor of Chartres Cathedral just south of Paris. Chartres is one of the most famous of medieval Cathedrals, and the labyrinth is well known because of this. The pattern of the labyrinth has been used in a famous study of Chaucer called “The Idea of the Canterbury Tales.”

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Steve Varvis is Provost of Fresno Pacific University, an accredited Christian university established and sponsored by the Mennonite Brethren Church.

Coincidentally, also recently promoted at Fresno Pacific University was an ecumenical contemplative chanting prayer service called Taize:

Thursday, February 6, 7:00 p.m., Ashley Auditorium.
Taizé is a meditative prayer service that incorporates simple, repetitive song and chant, scripture readings, and periods of group silence in a setting of peace and soft light that fosters communion with God. Through Taizé, participants can worship in a community setting, while remaining open to the voice of God in their hearts.
Taizé Prayer is an ecumenical form of prayer meant to foster reconciliation and peace among all people. Christians of all traditions share in this ecumenical group. Taizé Prayer is meditative common prayer. Gathered in the presence of Christ, we sing uncomplicated repetitive songs, uncluttered by too many words, allowing the mystery of God to become tangible through the beauty of simplicity.

From Milt Friesen @

Both the labyrinth and Taize are contemplative practices that being accepted by nearly every compromising Christian denomination today.


Mennonites and Prayer Labyrinths

The Labyrinth Journey: Walking the Path to Fulfillment?
By Carl Teichrib

Enter the labyrinth

Understanding Taize Worship


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