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We want to briefly update you on the latest news surrounding our labyrinth project.
- This past week an interim landscape design has been installed where the future labyrinth will be located, with the devoted service of eight Unity volunteers. Cost was under $2,000. Our goal now is to keep the sod continuously saturated for the next two weeks. The temporary partial dirt berm will be made more attractive in the near future with minor modification. Eventually, the final berm will help filter noise and block the view from Hunter Mill Rd.
- One sign will be placed in this garden near the berm asking all who pass by to "Visualize This Labyrinth Here." Another will picture the final labyrinth design.
- The Core Planning Team is developing a RFP (Request for Proposals) to be completed and sent to a minimum of three contractors by the end of August with a November date targeted for contractor start-up.
- We are pursuing a labyrinth design with a platform which drops almost three feet below ground level by the classroom wing of the building. This will have a very positive influence on increasing the sense of privacy for walkers.
- As of 7-30-2017 donations for the labyrinth total $30,000. Two anonymous donors have given $5,000 each, with the challenge that each dollar must be matched. We are shooting for $50,000 to fund stage 1. These contributions are over and above normal financial support of our church.
- The Core Planning Team wants to add three members at this time to the Team. As regular Team members, these people will meet with the entire team, usually 2 to 4 times a month, and will likely continue through December 2017 when stage 1 of the project is targeted for completion. The positions and brief descriptions are:
1. Funding Coordinator: Brings fund raising ideas to the Core Team for discussion and approval; recruits persons to plan and implement approved ideas; keeps Communication/Marketing Coordinator apprised of activities; coordinates, as needed, with Patty Wilcox, Unity accountant; advises Team of financial progress.
2. Communications/Marketing Coordinator: Coordinates and manages all church communications on the project utilizing staff and volunteers and venues for distribution; creative; keeps Core Team apprised; insures that all dissemination of material is approved by the Core Team Chair, Jean Lentz.
3. Special Event(s) Coordinator: Coordinates with entire Core Team; responsible for planning and managing any special labyrinth activity that may increase interest in the project and love of the spiritual practice of walking a labyrinth; provide opportunities to send spirit energy to the site or to seek volunteers to assist in some way in the construction of the labyrinth, itself.
Please consider stepping up to one of these positions. Contact Jean Lentz or Rick Hartley if you have questions or wish to volunteer.
- The church Quarterly Dialog meeting is this coming Sunday, August 5 after the second service. There will be a short presentation on the outdoor labyrinth. This is you special invitation to attend.
Greetings to our special labyrinth Google group of supporters. Your belief and interest in this project is very special. Sharing your energy and passion around co-creating the labyrinth will help ensure the positive future energy of the labyrinth and heighten its effect for inner transformation to those walking its path.
The purpose of this email is to update you on the design team's planning:
1) This is the Labyrinth Project Vision Statement that was drafted by Patrick Castellucci and John O'Toole from their meetings with you last year. Please read and let us know if you have comments.
To co-create a permanent labyrinth which is located on the grounds of Unity of Fairfax as a magnet for prayer, meditation, and ministry; and to serve as a path for spiritual discovery, healing and enlightenment for all.
2) The design team agreed with the recommendation of the earlier labyrinth planning group to locate the labyrinth at the front entrance to the main building, but to also accept the recommendation of the architectural firm of LeMay Erickson Willcox to create a circular labyrinth having the center of the labyrinth placed at the center of the arc formed by the roof of the entry canopy.
3) Accurate final grading and infrastructure under the labyrinth surface will require engineering. We are using the professional services of Pennoni, the civil engineering company that was contracted to engineer the construction of our present church building.
4) The Labyrinth Company located in Connecticut, www.labyrinthcompany.com , has provided guidance and ideas to the team. Among a number of kits they sell, the Breamore design with a 39' diameter is favored. This kit provides for a path of buff pavers with gray lines defining/separating the eleven circuits, and, in addition, directions for assembly.
5) Forward movement by the design team was halted at the end of 2016 to provide the Board time to review church operational budget matters. With the greater expectation of future funding sources now, the labyrinth project is resuming.
6) Computer design drawings of the labyrinth and written construction details will soon be sent to our engineer advisor for comments. Once a response is received, a final RFP will be written and sent to contractors to obtain a minimum of three bid responses to evaluate.
WHAT CAN WE DO NOW?
- Every Sunday at 10:30am and 12:30pm, we briefly gather at the labyrinth site to pour our energy into the void to manifest the labyrinth.
- Maintain a prosperity consciousness, being open to give of your time, talent, and financial resources to this project.
“We are in the upward, forward, progressive movement of Spirit; the mark of success is upon us."