Spiritual Formation Certificate Module 7 - Prayer Practices: Navigating the Labyrinth

Event Date(s): Sat, 2021/04/17 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Event Location: Online - Zoom
Event Type: Tyndale Spiritual Formation Centre

This event is Module 7 of the Spiritual Formation Certificate 2020-2021. The Spiritual Formation Certificate 2020-2021 offers 7 modules, beginning September 19, 2020 running through April 17, 2021. A minimum of 6 modules are required to receive a certificate of completion. However, all 7 are recommended.

About This Module

The theme of a journey is found throughout the Bible and is a common metaphor in Christian literature. It is said that the maze of a labyrinth is designed to make you lose your way, but a labyrinth can help you find your way. In this module participants will learn about the history of labyrinths and how they can be used not only as a general spiritual discipline, but also as a ministry resource for helping others with coping, lament and loss.

The focus on lament will begin with Scripture, and using a Psalm of lament as a reference, there will be opportunity during the class to write a personal lament. The framework for understanding death and grief will relate back to the theme of the journey through the labyrinth.

Learning Outcomes

  • Engage in new prayer practices that can help facilitate the spiritual journey.
  • Discover the labyrinth as a metaphor for the spiritual journey and as a spiritual discipline.
  • Explore Biblical, corporate and personal expression of lament.
  • Develop a framework for understanding death and grief.


Rev. Dr. Matthew McEwen, BA, M.Div, Th.M, DMin

Matthew is a Pastor, father and lifelong student. In addition to labyrinths, Matthew is interested in Wesleyan theology, C.S. Lewis, and creation care. He enjoys karate with his 7 year old son, and one of his favourite words in Scripture is persevere. His vision for ministry comes from the Didache which says the trustworthy minister is one who promotes holiness and knowledge of the Lord.


$125.00. There is a 10% discount for Tyndale full-time students, alumni and staff. You will need to contact the Tyndale Spiritual Formation Centre to receive a discount code before registering online. Email tsfc [at] tyndale [dot] ca to receive a promo code.


As Tyndale Seminary’s programs have had to move online due to the pandemic, the Spiritual Formation Centre Certificate Programs are no exception. Although the in-person classroom is the preferred experience, the online curriculum for the three certificate programs promises to be truly immersive. While maintaining important elements of community through live streaming, conversations will be enhanced by independent study in preparation for each session. Online programming will also offer the opportunity for others to participate who would have otherwise not been able to do to distance and time restrictions.

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