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Holden Servant Leadership Experience

May 31, 2013 at 9:57 AM

by Mark J. Jackson

labyrinth1.jpgHolden welcomed 37 youth and adults from 11 congregations in the Puget Sound region during the Holden Servant Leadership Experience, May 24-27, 2013. Sponsored by Trinity Lutheran College, in partnership with Holden Village, the weekend included a unique service project: Dismantling the current labyrinth and creating a new one in a new location. The site of the former labyrinth (located in the ball field) will soon become a construction staging area, necessitating the move. Led by Lori Hayes, Village Artist, the group moved an estimated 6 tons of stones to the new site, located over the old Winston drain field.labyrinth3.jpg

Throughout the weekend, participants engaged in several sessions exploring servant leadership and service learning led by Trinity Lutheran College faculty and students. Sessions included opportunities for creative reflection on the labyrinth service project, including the two examples below: 

Written reflection from Thomas Harris, comparing the construction of the new labyrinth with the mine remediation project:

Like the mine remediation workers, we have been given the honor of reimagining and extending an important part of Holden Village. The changes of old and new labyrinths, like the old and new villages, is different, but not in a bad way. Being part of this change allows us to share new experiences and interpretations.labyrinth2.jpg

The Labyrinth Hymn,” written by the music reflection group, sung as a call-and-response to A VE DE (“Come, Let Us Eat,” Evangelical Lutheran Worship #491):

Come let us walk through all the twists and turns,

Moving through the path of life together.

 Come let us grieve the burdens that we bear,

Bringing forth compassion for each other.

 Here let us release all our deepest pains.

Surrender our hearts to your great healing.

 Come let us dwell in the peaceful center.

Let this be a place of restful quiet.

 Now let us leave refreshed and filled with grace!

We go forward into all Creation!

Mark J. Jackson is the Professor and Chair of Children, Youth and Family Studies and the Director of the Center for Community Engagement at Trinity Lutheran College