Churches Help Students Navigate Finals Week

The University of Alabama students and community members are invited to come to the front lawn of Trinity UMC on Wednesday, April 24 at 6:10 p.m. to experience a labyrinth prayer path. The event will be led by Reverend Dr. Kay Mutert, a Tuscaloosa resident and a local pastor. Based on an ancient pattern dating back as far as 5,000 years, a labyrinth is a prayer path for walking meditation, stress relief, and spiritual guidance. The labyrinth will be painted on the front lawn and open to the public day and night for individuals to experience during The University of Alabama’s “Dead Week” and final exams (April 24-May 3-weather permitting.)

The labyrinth event will be hosted by First Christian (Disciples of Christ), University Presbyterian Church and Trinity United Methodist Church. Prior to the event, a pot-luck dinner will be served at 5:15 p.m.


“We hope students and community members who experience the labyrinth find peace and calmness in a very stressful time during the end of the semester,” said Rev. Penny Ford, pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church.


Unlike a maze where you can lose your way, the labyrinth is a spiritual tool that can help you find your way because there are no tricks or dead ends.


Tuscaloosa resident Reverend Dr. Kay Mutert works with Veriditas in presenting workshops and teaching/training labyrinth facilitators and offering meditative walks. She is also the current pastor at University Presbyterian Church. For more information, visit:

 (Image of Boston College Memorial Labyrinth)