May flowers remind us to pause


Dear Middleway Urban Monastery friends, We've had April showers. As the saying goes, we can expect May flowers. May can also bring lots of busyness as families finish school schedules, or the to-do list gets whittled to make time for summer vacations. At Middleway, we aren't packing in lots of special programs this month. Instead, we offer you a hide-out. Stop in for a few minutes of peace this May, then go about your to-do list more refreshed. And while we'd like to say "stop and smell the roses," we don't actually have any roses. But our gardening group might change that soon! Find out more about us below and mark your calendars to join us! Middleway's Facebook Group

A green space in the city We'd like to offer a small space at the back of our monastery as a "green space" in the city. At this time, the space definitely has an "alley vibe." But just as we see potential in people, we also can imagine this small space as an inviting area to "sit a spell" in the outdoors among nature, however that is defined and doable in a city. So we're calling together all who see the potential and would like to be a part of a group that plans and prepares the space for visitors. If you are interested, email info@middlewayurbanmonastery.org. An initial meeting is being organized to talk about the guidelines and begin a plan. So there's still time to roll up your sleeves and gather with us. Common Threads to focus on dialogue for peace The question to ponder between now and the next meeting of Common Threads Group gathering is "How can I rely on my faith as I navigate the challenges and changes in my world?" The next gathering will be 2 p.m. May 11. Common Threads welcomes you to bring a thread project to work on while we talk, but it isn't required. The main idea is to share each other's spiritual journey through story and active listening. 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. Some directors charge for their service while others offer to listen as part of their volunteer ministry. Our current spiritual directors are listed at https://www.middlewayurbanmonastery.org/spiritual-direction and others will be added soon. Let us know if we can help you find a listening soul companion. Learn more about spiritual formation, direction FIND _ School for Spiritual Direction and Formation, 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 www.schoolforspiritualdirection.org. 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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