Flipping the calendar ahead


Dear Middleway Urban Monastery friends, Rarely does anyone in these parts look forward to the weather of July and August, but this year has been exceptionally hard. Record-breaking high temperatures and no rain have joined to make outdoor adventures unappealing. So come cool off in the calming environment at the monastery. Then, if you dream of flipping the calendar ahead to when the weather isn't as brutal, get ready to jot down the dates for many wonderful programs we have in store for you. Read all about it below. Middleway's Facebook Group

Have we got plans for you! Get ready to mark your calendars through the end of 2022. We've got a slate of programs to meet a variety of interests. To begin with, our presence at First Friday in downtown Bryan is pared each month with a special program or workshop. Plus, we have extra communities that are ongoing or are being formed now. Here's a sneak preview so you can save the dates. Monthly theme for First Friday and special events: August - Back to the books September - Pets and Spirituality October - Dia de los muertos, grief and loss November - Learn to Chant for Advent December - Wassail at the Monastery We'll still have our book club, journaling group, Common Threads spirit talk, a repeat of our entrepreneurial spirituality workshop and kids spirituality programs the fall. And we'll have new gatherings for LGBTQ+ and 12-Step folks. Hopefully, we have something of interest for everyone. When we say ALL are welcome, we mean it. Our birthday celebration continues We're two years old, and we'll continue to celebrate with the gift of light. This activity is completely suitable for children: flameless candles in our art area that can be decorated before taking home. We also have some goody bags in our hospitality area free for the taking, while supplies last. Your presence at Middleway is a gift to us. We're open 10 a.m.-4 Tuesday-Friday throughout July and on Saturday July 23 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Journaling and spirituality group open to all Journaling as a way to tell one's story -- and sharing that walk in community with others -- is the aim for this group gathering. Our next get together will be Saturday, July 23, 10:30 a.m.-noon. It is guided by Amy Brunt Thompson. You do not have to have attended previous sessions to come, and all are welcome. How to use the monastery While we offer a variety of programs you can attend, know that the monastery is also open for you to just come to use your time as you wish in a relaxing atmosphere where no one will bug you. You might want to read, retreat from the hectic pace of your world, use our free art supplies, or partake of any of our prayer techniques that are gently explained in materials throughout the monastery. Children are welcome to come with an adult and may find the art area or special children's spirituality area a way to honor a peaceful atmosphere away from electronic distractions. 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 https://www.middlewayurbanmonastery.org/spiritual-direction. Let us know if we can help you find a listening soul companion. 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. Current volunteers, please choose your dates for April. Middleway Urban Monastery's Guide for Life

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