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Dear Middleway Urban Monastery friends, Middleway will soon be "virtually" 2 years old and is celebrating 6 months in our physical location in downtown Bryan. Like a favorite book, new chapters continue to unfold. One such event this week was a $1,500 check from the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Endowment Fund to finish the work on our nearly 2,000-book lending library. Our library circle of volunteers is nearing completion of the cleaning, cataloging and shelving of the books, and they soon will be ready to share. The check presentation was attended by (l to r in the photo) Episcopal Diocese of Texas Bishop Andy Doyle, Middleway co-founder Kathleen Phillips, Library Circle leader Donna Pohl, Endowment Fund member Tom Aughinbaugh, and Rev. Daryl Hay, rector of St. Andrew's. In addition to this gift, we consider your presence at Middleway a treasure as well. Stop in soon to start your summer with some peace, comfort and hope. Find out more about our events below! Middleway's Facebook Group

Workshop: Entrepreneurship - a spiritual practice Entrepreneurs are known for taking risks, unearthing new opportunities and creating value in places where it did not exist before. These are also key feature of being a spiritual entrepreneur, those who feel called to discover and release God’s love and creative energy in unique ways in the world. A workshop on June 18, 9:30 a.m.-noon, will explore the traits associated with entrepreneurship, and how these can help us discover creativity and cultivate spiritual resilience. This event highlights findings from the "Tech in Churches during Covid-19" project led by Dr Heidi Campbell, a professor at Texas A&M University, on how pastors learned to adapt to challenges they encountered during the pandemic. Together with her husband Troy Shepherd—an entrepreneur, writer and app designer—they will discuss what it means to be a spiritual entrepreneur, and how such traits can help enhance in our spiritual journey and open our hearts to finding God in unexpected places, especially during times of change. The workshop is free, but please register at Common Threads to focus on exploring new opportunities The question to ponder between now and the next meeting of Common Threads Discussion Group is "How can experiencing different opportunities open us to new awareness of God?" Be watchful of how this question enters into your daily life. The next gathering will be 2 p.m. June 8. Common Threads welcomes you to bring a thread project to work on while we talk, but it isn't required. The main idea is to share each other's spiritual journey through story and active listening. Book club to share favorites at the May meeting In its nearly two years of existence, the Middleway book club has read lots of classic and current books on spirituality. Yet, like most book lovers, we know there are endless possibilities for future reads. This month, rather than pick a book, we want you to come with your ideas of what would be good books to read and discuss as a group. This may form our next list of books, so be sure to pitch in with what has inspired you. The next meeting will be May 31 at 10:30 a.m. This is a hybrid meeting, so people may attend in person or via Zoom. Here's how: Meeting ID: 862 8991 8385 Passcode: 164675 Tell us what topics, events you would like to explore Our spiritual directors are planning the coming year and would like your input. As you think about where you are with God, what topics would you be interested in learning more about in a discussion group, retreat, workshop or other type of gathering? Let us know at Spiritual direction offered at Middleway A spiritual director is one who can listen to you with a holy ear and doesn't try to "fix" you with their solutions. Being listened to -- truly listened to -- is powerfully healing. Spiritual directors at Middleway are trained and vetted so we know your story will be heard and kept in confidence. After selecting a spiritual director, a person normally plans to meet with that person monthly for an hour. Our current spiritual directors are listed at Let us know if we can help you find a listening soul companion. School for spiritual formation, direction applications due FIND _ School for Spiritual Direction and Formation, hosted by Middleway, is forming its next cohort. Applications are accepted through June 30. Classes, which are held once a month on a Saturday, begin in September. Learn more at We need you at Middleway Middleway is 100 percent volunteer operated. Come be one who welcomes others into this peaceful place. While there, you'll be able to enjoy the hope, peace and comfort as well. Sign up at 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. Current volunteers, please choose your dates for April. Middleway Urban Monastery's Guide for Life

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