San Leandro’s First UMC Dedicates New Labyrinth This Sunday

November 29, 2018

An otherwise plain, underused patio at First United Methodist Church of San Leandro has been transformed into a garden space with a Chartres labyrinth in seven colors – a place for prayer, centering, and meditation.
The sacred space will be dedicated and blessed at the end of the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service this weekend (Dec. 2, 2018) – at around 10:15 a.m.
Church member Betsy Borruso says the labyrinth was the vision of San Leandro First’s pastor, the Rev. Myrna Bernadel-Huey, Borruso herself, and three other congregants. The long-term dream was just that until, she says, “a generous person, Ms. Ruth Brown, willed us enough money to start the project” last year.
Artist Lars Howlett was identified through his website,, and he worked with the church on design and implementation. Twenty volunteers, who prepped and painted the beige patio, assisted the artist in creating a colorful space in what had been a drab, empty, seldom used area. Beautification efforts followed.
“As well as a tool for meditation and prayer, the overarching message of the labyrinth is ‘All Are Welcome,’” Borruso says.
And that message extends to the dedication! The church invites everyone to join in celebrating this important new addition to its campus.
First UMC of San Leandro is located at 1600 Bancroft Ave., San Leandro, CA 94577.