The Indy Spiritual Trail leads a meditative pilgrimage downtown
The Indy Spiritual Trail allows pilgrims to commune and converse, learn and listen. You can sample it downtown during the Indy Festival of Faiths on September 22.
The Interchurch Center is the starting point for one of Indianapolis’s hidden treasures, the Indy Spiritual Trail.
The Indy Spiritual Trail is the brainchild of IUPUI Ian McIntosh, one of the world’s leading academic experts on pilgrimages. Ian believed that Indianapolis could have a trail that does for the soul what the Cultural Trail does for the city’s districts … but it would be created spontaneously, from the grassroots, and not cost a dollar.
The Indy Festival of Faiths has always had a labyrinth modeled after the greatest of all, the Chartres Labyrinth (as is the labyrinth behind the Indiana Interchurch Center). At the Festival Prof. McIntosh will explain and explore the significance of the labyrinth for many religious traditions.
He will also lead a Spiritual Tour of Downtown Indianapolis. Don’t miss it.
Back at the Interchurch Center, as the Spiritual Trail goes along the canal to Butler University’s Holcomb Garden, pilgrims come upon spaces that encourage contemplation, prayer, and discussion … perhaps tying wishing ribbons to a frame.
The spots have emerged without plan, started by pilgrims who want to encourage others to think and talk. For instance, people are encouraged to leave a stone to symbolize wellness. Someone left a Hiroshima paper crane here to remind us of the ever-present potential of healing.