Spiritual Search

Grail members are connected by their spirituality. An ecumenical community of women, the Grail supports and celebrates each other’s spiritual paths.

Get Involved At the Loveland Center

Labyrinth

Grailville is home to a small outdoor stone path labyrinth—shared with our neighbors Children’s Meeting House. This simple circular labyrinth is located on the Oratory lawn. It is free and open to guests 365 days a year during daylight hours.

From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, the indoor labyrinth is placed in the Oratory at pop-up times for those who seek calm and peace during the hectic and pressure-filled end of the year season. This painted on canvass labyrinth is a Chartres design that captures the timeless sacred geometry of the original in Chartres cathedral, France. The indoor labyrinth is free to the public and can be reserved for a group—family, friends, colleagues—contact our office.

Found in almost all religious traditions around the world, labyrinths have re-emerged from the ages as a spiritual tool for creating sacred space, for journeying inward, and for reconnecting with the Earth/Cosmos. Ancient labyrinth patterns, which date back to 4500 B.C., are found in Northern Europe, India, Peru, Greece, and the American Southwest.

Unlike a maze, a labyrinth contains a single continuous path that leads to the center of a spiraling or regularly circling pattern. At its most basic level, the labyrinth is a metaphor for a journey to the center of one’s deepest self and back. A journey to the center and back can provide both opportunity and inspiration for quiet meditation, reflection, prayer, and self-awareness.

Meditation and Prayer

Looking for personal space? The Oratory is a calming space perfect for solo meditation. Stop by during office hours or make an appointment at info@grail-us.org to spend an hour in reflection and contemplation. Not quite sure what to do? A Grail member crafted a helpful binder of meditations to help you on your journey.

Each week, Grail member Terry Marshall distributes a combination prayer, reading, and meditation for use wherever one is located. If you live near the Loveland Center, you are welcome to join with local members at 10am in the Oratory as they take this time to pray and reflect.

Every Wednesday at 5:30pm, a short Vespers service in held in the oratory. All are welcome to join local members and friends. No reservations required.

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7 of Spirit Circle

The 7 of Spirit Circle is open with the purpose to build and deepen community among Grail members and other interested women by connecting and exchanging what’s going on in our lives. The Circle meets via Zoom the third Sunday of each month at 8:00 eastern time.

Laudato Si Study Group

The weekly virtual reading group (Wednesdays, 4-5pm, EST) still bears the name “Laudato Si’ group” because the first text was Pope Francis’s important 2015 Encyclical, its theme perhaps best summarized as: “The cry of the Earth, the cry of the poor.” The same theme applies well to the subsequent books we have read (taking turns reading aloud, discussing along the way): Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass, Sherri Mitchell’s Sacred Instructions, Valarie Kaur’s See No Stranger, and Pope Francis’s recent Exhortation, Laudate Deum. To close, we read a Prayer compiled each week from Joan Chittester’s writings by Grail member Terry Marshall. Attendance is liberal, as active women’s schedules permit, and open to guests at any time.

Grail Partners in the Community

Festival of Faiths

The Festival of Faiths community mural is on long-term loan and is displayed at the Oratory year-round. EquaSion utilizes the mural for educational purposes.

A Mighty Stream

The Grail is a member of A Mighty Stream, an interfaith community of social action for racial justice. AMS is an initiative of EquaSion.

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