Dear Middleway Urban Monastery friends, Early voting in Texas will begin Tuesday, Oct 13, and people on both sides of the ballot are rightly concerned about the outcome. As a way of offering peace and unity for all, Middleway is hosting its first in-person event -- a Poll Day Pray-and-Go from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., Nov. 3. The public is invited to say their own prayers as long as wanted at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 217 W. 26th, Bryan, our co-host. A free cup of coffee, hot tea or bottled water will be offered as participants leave. As members of Middleway (and you are because you are receiving this newsletter), we hope you will volunteer a couple of hours -- or more if you are inclined to do so -- at St. Andrew's that day to welcome the public into the church and/or offer beverages as they leave. In addition to welcoming the public, it'll be a way for Middleway friends to become acquainted in person. Of course, social distancing and masks, along with any other CDC suggested safety measures will be required. To volunteer, email email@example.com. Then, as a post-election offering, Dr. Heidi Campbell will lead a retreat, "Hope and Healing," Saturday, Nov. 7 via Zoom. Watch for more information and plan to attend from 10 a.m.-Noon. Read about our other options below and make a note to check out these and other offerings on our Facebook group page. Soul Care Sabbath continues in November A new group experience, a guided observance of the Sabbath with rest, stillness, and silence, meets the second Sunday of each month. The group, led by Aneya Elbert, will gather Nov. 8 and Dec. 13. It's one hour on Zoom - 2-3 p.m. Included in this interactive group will be:
Contemplative Spiritual Practices
Express your voice through creativity
The gift of spiritual companions
Join at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82762302351?pwd=RkhxRHpobXVYcjFxWlo0SXZoc3pqUT09 Next book announced for weekly book study Discussions on "Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet," by Matthew Fox, will continue on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. This week's discussion is on Chapter 6. This book will continue through October. Then, on Nov. 10, the group will begin a new study on the book "Following Jesus: Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety," by Henri Nouwen. Plan to join us on Zoom at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86289918385?pwd=SjcwUW5NMlZnWUtlNFFYd01waVZzUT09 Meeting ID: 862 8991 8385 Passcode: 164675 OR find your local number to dial in: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdizMlCaXm How to Enter Middleway Urban Monastery If, for whatever reason, you feel "spiritual but not religious," or you no longer have a church or you are just "done" with organized religion, no worries. We do not ask you to join the FB group page in order to participate. Just come to the monastery online as often as you want. We're about providing you space to seek hope, comfort and peace as you explore ways of experiencing God’s love. You're a "member" if you are receiving this newsletter. All are welcome, so share as you like. Imagine our Facebook public group page as a physical building. When you enter our URL, facebook.com/groups/TheMiddlewayUrbanMonastery, it is like opening the door of a physical building, because you will find all that is offered there. Likewise, you can come to our website and explore the offerings, including links to our Twitter and Instagram accounts, if you like those formats and want to follow. For the time being, our monastery is online only. We plan to eventually offer a physical space in Bryan, Texas. Even then, however, we will continue to offer our prayer times, meditations, centering, contemplation and various workshops and retreats online and led by spiritual directors and leaders around the Bryan-College Station, Texas area. Participants are welcome from around the world. If you know others who would like to "join," ask them to subscribe to our weekly newsletter by going to https://www.middlewayurbanmonastery.org/contact and entering their email address at the Subscribe button on the lower right.