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Coming to a complete stop

Dear Middleway Urban Monastery friends, Not to reveal anyone's name, uh-hmm, but one of us at Middleway recently had to take a defensive driving course. There's an online version labelled "comedy course" and our student claims it is "not funny." Maybe that's because the animated instructor seemed to harp on "the complete stop," the failure of which is what led our Middleway attendee to have to take the course in the first place. Lest the rest of you have forgotten this wisdom from Drivers Ed class years ago, "the complete stop" means that one applies the brake until the vehicle stops AND rocks back. That info led our Middleway attendee at the course to have an a-ha moment: in life, we need to put the brakes on our busy lives every once in a while to make sure we don't crash. So come "rock back" with us. We have lots of comfy chairs, calming music and cooling A/C. A complete stop at Middleway will do you good. 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 Journaling and spirituality group returns 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. This month's gathering will be Saturday, June 18, 10:30 a.m.-noon in the monastery's library. It is guided by Amy Brunt Thompson. You do not have to have attended previous sessions to come. Beads of the world religions exhibit How can tiny beads strung together or knots tied in rope impact a person's prayer life? The oldest known use of beads in a religious sense dates to 1600 B.C. They continue to be widely used by Christian and most other religions in the world. An exhibit of prayer beads from Christian and other traditions will be available for viewing = and praying with, if you want - June 22-25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. We also have beads available to string if you'd like to make your own. The exhibit and activity is suitable for all ages. 'Why does God allow suffering?' topic of June book The Middleway book club has made selections for the year. There will be one more book this season -- the C.S. Lewis book "The Problem of Pain," about the universal question of why God allows beloved humans to suffer. Then there will be a break for July and August. The year's books are below if you want to start reading. The C.S. Lewis book will be discussed June 28 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

  • June - The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis

  • July-August -- no book club

  • September - The Lost Page: An Archeological Thriller, Joe Edd Morris

  • October - Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, Cynthia Bourgeault

  • November - Lying Awake, Mark Salzman

  • December - Unwrapping the Names of Jesus; an Advent Devotional, Asheritah Ciuciu

  • January - A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions that are Transforming the Faith, Brian McLaren

  • February – Four Loves – C.S. Lewis

  • March - St. Benedict on the Freeway: A Rule of Life for the 21st Century, Corrine Ware

  • April – Boundaries; Take Control of your Life, Dr, Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

  • May - With Open Hands, Henri Nouwen

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, now in its 25th year and 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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