Dear Middleway Urban Monastery friends,
Pick one. You can't do it all. Just pick one.
As we load the calendar each week at Middleway Urban Monastery, it could seem overwhelming. But, we circle back to our mission ... to provide space for those seeking hope, comfort and peace as they explore ways of experiencing God’s love.
So keep your space. Don't try to do everything we offer (unless you want to). Instead, pick one thing to try for a week. Perhaps set an alarm to remind you to do Centering Prayer each morning, or to simply read the daily prayer for current issues, or listen to the Epiphany meditation. Next week, try something else daily. Or, mix it up and try one different thing every day.
The main thing is for you to recognize hope in your life, to feel comfortable and peaceful, and to experience God's love.
Book club updates
Calling all ragamuffins.
If your life ever has been a mess or maybe still is, wonderful! Yes, wonderful. Our book of the month will assure you that God loves you no. matter. what.
"Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out" is the book for February. Our discussion of chapters 4-6 this week will be led by Middleway member Tricee Fuson from Memphis, Tenn. That's right. No matter where you live, you can hop on zoom at 7 p.m. Central and join the conversation. And even if you missed the first three chapters, it's ok. You can catch up. Mainly we want you to know you're not alone in the mess.
Meeting ID: 862 8991 8385 Passcode: 164675
or call in 1 346 248 7799
Other books chosen for coming months:
March - The Magnificent Defeat by Frederick Buechner
April - Soul Making: The Desert Way of Spirituality by Alan Jones
May - Streams of Living Water by Richard Foster
Reflections: Meditations on Epiphany
Daily meditations on Epiphany continue at 3:30 p.m. These meditations on our Facebook group page offer peaceful visions and a reading by Dr. Amy Thompson from "A Daily Spiritual RX for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany" by Joanna Seibert. Listen to a sample.
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/TheMiddlewayUrbanMonastery, 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.
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. You are welcome no matter where in the world you are, or where in your spiritual journey you are.
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