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Giving Thanks

Dear Friends, We are so thankful for you. If Middleway brightens your spiritual life and adds vigor to your community, know that you also do that when you volunteer, attend events, offer encouragement, support the monastery in any way, and/or share your life stories. From Nov. 19-27 we will be closed to allow our dedicated volunteers time away from the monastery. When we reopen on Tuesday Nov. 28, plenty of soulful programs are planned through Dec. 23 in addition our regular hours. Many are listed below. Pick one or more to enjoy this season!

Spirituality of Breadmaking Holiday Breakfast Bread REGISTER NOW BELOW! Our third in the Spirituality of Breadmaking series this year is all about crafting a delicious delight for holiday mornings -- cranberry scones! Gather on Saturday Dec. 2, 9 :30-11:30 a.m. to share ingredients, utensils and good conversation, with a soulful exercise in the mix, led by Kathleen Phillips. You'll leave with a big batch ready to bake at home. Let us know by Nov. 29 that you're coming so we have supplies ready. Yes, I want a slice of this action!

Interfaith Prayer Gathering Join us as we remember God in Unity. Dec. 2, 1 p.m.

God and Dog Tuesday Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. is the next God and Dog Gathering, so get your favorite pup and come. Or, come even if you love dogs but can't bring one at the time. The group meets monthly on the first Tuesday, led by Kathleen Phillips. Together with our dog(s), we talk and engage in activities aimed at understanding what it is about dogs that help us relate to God. Currently we have started gathering resources, books, online references and such that refer to how dogs - and all animals - can positively impact our spiritual lives. So if you see something like that to share, bring it. Spread the word to let your dog-loving friends and family know, too.

Common Threads Common Threads is a monthly group for people to share life's stories. Some bring thread projects - crochet, knitting, stitching, mending, etc. - to do while talking and listening, but that is not required. The next meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 1:30 p.m.

Friday Meditation and Mindfulness Center yourself and find peace in the midst of your busy life. Friday Meditation and Mindfulness, led by Becky Burks, meets monthly during the noon hour at 12:30 p.m. Next time is Friday, Dec. 15.

Chanting the Psalms and Contemplative Sit Deepen your spirituality by chanting the psalms. Led by Amy Thompson, this features Anglican and Gregorian chants using Psalms, followed by a 20-minute meditative sit (or centering). The next gathering is Sunday Dec. 17, 2-3 p.m. Let us know you're coming!

Jingle Mingle Calling all volunteers, friends, supporters, those who've attend a program or ever walked inside, and those who want to be any of the above. Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2 p.m. In other words, everyone is invited to come mingle amongst good people, seasonal music, wassail, and nibbles. It is our thank you for everyone who has made another year possible at Middleway!

Drum Circle Join us for Drum Circle on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 2 p.m., led by Amy Thompson. Drumming is a way to connect with the rhythm of life and find balance, wholeness and connection. No musical experience is necessary. Drums are provided. Click below to let us know you're coming.

Grupo de Oracion The monastery is open until 5 p.m. on Thursdays with an emphasis on prayer time in Spanish, 3-5 p.m. Thursday afternoons are led by Rev. Ben Sanchez. All are welcome to come and offer or seek prayers. Sanchez is an Episcopal priest.

Spiritual directors lend a (holy) ear at Middleway A team of spiritual companions whose ministry is to listen to you with a holy ear are the backbone of Middleway. One of us can meet with you monthly in a non-judging atmosphere as you discern where God is in your life. We actively listen without trying to "fix" you. It's powerfully healing. See or email us at for more information. How to experience the monastery Attend any of our programs for sure. But also know the monastery is also open weekdays Tuesday-Frday and some evenings, Saturdays or Sundays for you to come use the library, art area, or various sitting areas in a relaxing atmosphere where no one will bug you. Children are welcome to come with an adult. We need you! Three hours a month, week, or day. Regular or now-and-then. You pick what's convenient for you, then volunteer to help welcome others into this peaceful place. We are 100 percent volunteer operated, and you can make a meaningful impact just be being present. To sign up, please come by the monastery or email Middleway Urban Monastery's Guide for Life

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