Dear friends, Sandwiches are a lunch time favorite. Grab any two pieces of bread, fill it with whatever you have on hand, and eat. It can be a savory meat and cheese type sandwich, a sweet peanut butter and jelly concoction, or a lean veggie mix. If it gets overfilled, just squeeze it small enough to bite. It's up to you and easy enough. But there's another type of sandwich you may find in your life that isn't as easy -- when you're the one between two generations and trying to care for both, whether physically, financially or both. A Pew Research Center study in 2022 found that about 54 percent of Americans in their 40s are caring for a parent who is 65 plus and at least one child under 18. For those in their 50s, it's 36 percent; in their 30s, it's 27 percent. Even for those older than 65, 7 percent are caring for both an older parent and a younger child/grandchild. This often leads to an overfilled schedule and the pressure of being squished beyond your control. It's known as the sandwich generation. This is where Middleway can help. We have carved out separate areas that allow one to be alone yet in community. The younger ones can enjoy the art center or children's area while the older ones hang out in the library and you go to a corner sitting area or perhaps the icon room, for example. Your sandwiched family is welcome. Come find your peace, comfort, and hope.
Chanting the Psalms and Contemplative Sit
Our group of chanters is growing, and we'd love to have you as well. Deepen your spirituality by chanting the psalms. Led by Amy Thompson, this features Anglican and Gregorian chants using Psalms, followed by a 20-minute meditative sit (or centering). The next gathering is Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. Let us know you're coming! I'm coming to chant
Spiritual directors lend a (holy) ear at Middleway The backbone of Middleway is a team of spiritual directors, well trained by various schools, whose ministry is to listen to you with a holy ear. We are spiritual companions who are willing to meet with you monthly in a non-judging atmosphere as you discern where God is in your life. We don't try to "fix" you with our solutions. Being listened to -- truly listened to -- is powerfully healing. You and your spiritual director normally meet monthly for an hour. Some directors charge varying amounts, and others do not charge. Our current spiritual directors are listed at https://www.middlewayurbanmonastery.org/spiritual-direction. Email us at email@example.com if you need more information. How to experience the monastery While we offer a variety of programs you can attend, the monastery is also open at least four days a week and some evenings, Saturdays or Sundays for you to just come for a dose of the relaxing atmosphere where no one will bug you. Read, retreat from the hectic pace of your world, use the free art supplies, or partake of any of our prayer techniques that are gently explained in materials throughout the monastery. Children are welcome to come with an adult and may find the art area or special children's spirituality area a way to peace away from electronic distractions. We need you! Come volunteer as one who welcomes others into this peaceful place. While there, you'll be able to enjoy the hope, peace and comfort as well. We especially need volunteer hosts and receptionists who'd love to greet people and help them get familiar with the monastery. Middleway is 100 percent volunteer operated. Sign up at https://timecounts.org/middlewaymonastery/. After you've selected the areas you want to volunteer in, you'll be able to click the Opportunities tab, then Assignments, then Available Shifts. If you need assistance, please come by the monastery or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Middleway Urban Monastery's Guide for Life