Circle of Stewards forming
Dear Middleway Urban Monastery friends,
You have a talent. Middleway Urban Monastery has a need for your special skill set. As we begin to look for a physical space, we also begin opening our hearts to those of you who want to serve the monastery in some capacity.
Middleway will be 100 percent volunteer, and you can be part of helping it operate. We call these volunteer opportunities our "Circle of Stewards." Each circle will have a particular task - hospitality, reception, the rhythm of praying the hours, technology, art room attendance, grounds, cleaning, finances, etc. No one will have to carry a burden alone as each circle will have multiple people sharing their talents together.
And this volunteering opportunity will allow you, too, to enjoy the hope, comfort and peace of experiencing God's love in the space. We hope you'll start thinking about how you might be part of making Middleway a reality in its new physical location as well as continuing its virtual presence.
Read about what's going on at Middleway below. Make a note to check out our Facebook group page or website.
Book club to begin Streams of Living Water
This week, we discuss chapters 2 and 3 of our study of Richard Foster's "Streams of Living Water." The Contemplative Tradition: Discovering the Prayer-Filled Life and The Holiness Tradition: Discovering the Virtuous Life will be discussed on Tuesday, May 11, at 7 p.m. Central time.
The book is available on Audible or on Kindle via Amazon if you want a quick download, or you might check with your local library to see if it's available. The group is open to all. Here's how to join:
Meeting ID: 862 8991 8385 Passcode: 164675
or call in 1 346 248 7799
Our book for June will be Henri Nouwen's "The Way of the Heart."
Interested in spiritual direction or formation training?
If you've considered learning more about Christian spirituality and how the training might impact you and your ministry, check out FIND - School for Spiritual Direction and Formation. Applications are being accepted for the ecumenical school which offers classes once a month on a Saturday so that busy lay and clergy people can attend more easily. NEW THIS YEAR: FIND is launching a second version of the school. After a successful transition to Zoom classes in 2020 to operate the school during the pandemic, the FIND board has agreed to offer a parallel school which will be exclusively online to enable anyone to attend without regard to location. The traditional school, which was founded in 1997, will return to an in-person venue at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Bryan, Texas. A person may choose to enroll in either the online or in-person school. FIND hopes to move to Middleway Urban Monastery when a physical location is established. For more information, see www.schoolforspiritualdirection.org.
How to Visit Middleway Urban Monastery
Ready to dig a little deeper spiritually? We're here for you.
You're a "member" if you are receiving this newsletter. Come and see what the monastery has for you online. When you enter our URL, facebook.com/groups/TheMiddan MonasteryReady to dig a little deeper spilewayUrbanMonastery, it is like opening the door of a physical building, and you will find all that is offered there.
Likewise, you can come to our website and explore the offerings, including links to our Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube accounts, if you like those formats and want to follow.
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