Dear Middleway Urban Monastery friends, Because we opened last fall, just as leaves were falling and the area was browing, we've been thankful to share space with several plants that were given to Middleway. Pots of greenery overlooking the cityscape have shown us new growth and a remarkable ability to adapt to the indoors of a building where light isn't naturally available for long hours of a day. And now as the days begin to lengthen and warm, we have a potential for more greenery -- and this time outdoors. Sound interesting? Check out the details below to see how you can get involved. Middleway's Facebook Group
Children's, adult programs Thursday evening Centering prayer is this Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m. Adults have a 30-minute quiet, centering prayer time while children have activities and conversation about their spirituality using a variety of fun tools and topics. Adults and kids both may need this kind of quiet space at that point in Spring Break, so come and see. Gardener Circle forming for outdoor space A tiny but potentially peaceful setting behind Middleway is in need of some creative ideas and sweat equity. If you're interested in being in the gardening/plant lovers circle, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can schedule a gathering of interested people. Learn more about spiritual formation, direction 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 www.schoolforspiritualdirection.org. Lenten offerings continue Daily, weekly, online and in-person programs are available through Easter, which is April 17.
"Take 5 at 2 for prayer" will be on the Facebook group page at 2 p.m. daily under the guidance of Heidi Campbell.
"Lent: A Musical Journey to the Cross" is the topic for Amy Thompson. This offering also will be on the Facebook group page. Amy will lead attendees with the album "Lent by Liturgical Folk." Her audio divina - meaning one listens to music prayerfully and meditatively - changes on Sunday each week through April 10 plus on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday before Easter, which is April17.
An interfaith, in-person option is offered on Wednesdays at Middleway anytime from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Based on "The Greatest Invitation: Your Handbook for Hope," by Rev. David Ottsen, the self-guided exercise this week is "Name it." Kathleen Phillips will oversee this offering.
Book club's hybrid gathering set for March 22 "Braving the Thin Places: Celtic Wisdom to Create a Space for Grace" by Julianne Stanz is our March book. The discussion will be Tuesday, March 22 at 10:30 a.m. Our gatherings are hybrid, meaning we provide Zoom for those unable to be in person while others gather in the library at the monastery, 309 N. Tabor Ave., Bryan. Together we discuss our book of the month. The link for Zoom attendance: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86289918385?pwd=SjcwUW5NMlZnWUtlNFFYd01waVZzUT09 Journaling and group spiritual direction Journaling as a way to tell one's story -- and sharing that walk in community with others -- is the aim for this group spiritual direction meeting. Monthly gatherings normally are the fourth Saturday of each month, guided by Amy Thompson. But this month's meeting is Sunday, March 27 at 10:30 a.m. Common Threads to focus on dialogue for peace At Common Threads Group Spiritual Direction gathering at 2 p.m. April 13, dialogue will focus on this question: "How can I help peace on Earth begin with me?" 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. 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 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. Middleway Urban Monastery's Guide for Life