Dear Friends of Middleway Urban Monastery,
As we seek to use as many ways as possible to reach you, we've added YouTube to our offerings. Click on the link, or go to YouTube and search for Middleway Urban Monastery then click to subscribe.
Then, you can click on the Playlists link and find the videos listed under 12-Step Evening Prayer, Friday Finger Labyrinth, and Compline. Under each, you can click to view the full list and choose which one you want to watch and listen to.
All of these are also uploaded on our Facebook page, but we know that not everyone uses Facebook, so we hope you will find our YouTube channel helpful. All three of these playlists are added to weekly, so look for our video library to grow. Also, additional categories will be added as our programs increase. We hope you enjoy. Do leave us comments on YouTube and our Facebook page. We want to hear from you!
A word about these programs: 12-Step Evening Prayer is an excellent service on Saturday at 6 p.m. if you seek a community of people working through addictions via a 12-step program. Led by Michael and Amy Thompson, it's a beautiful way to worship while incorporating each of the steps. Friday Finger Labyrinth, led by Aneya Elbert at noon, is a meditation which focuses on a journey inward. It's a restful way to unwind as you head toward the weekend. Compline, which comes from the word "complete," is a worship service that can be said at the end of each day, but we offer it to you from Middleway on Fridays at 8 p.m. led by Amy Thompson.
Book club, that is book study, to continue weekly
It's not too late to jump online for our weekly book club on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. (Central). The group has so enjoyed the first book that the decision was made to slow down to one chapter a week in order to fully digest and discuss the reading. So on Aug. 25, we will delve into chapter 7 of “The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day” by Evelyn Underhill. Chapter 8, the final chapter of the book, will be discussed on Sept. 1. The group plans to select the next book to read at this week's meeting. That book discussion will begin Sept. 8.
Underhill’s book was published almost 100 years ago, but it closely parallels the societal issues of today. If you're not familiar with her, Underhill is considered a modern mystic and was, during her life, the most widely read author on Christian spirituality.
This book is free from Guttenberg Press, if you’d like to read it online. http://www.gutenberg.org/files/15082/15082-h/15082-h.htm It also is available from Audible if you want to listen to it. Hardcover and other formats, of course, are available for purchase online.
Then at 7 p.m. CENTRAL TIME (Adjust for your own time zone) Aug. 25, join us on Zoom at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86289918385?pwd=SjcwUW5NMlZnWUtlNFFYd01waVZzUT09
Meeting ID: 862 8991 8385 Passcode: 164675
OR Dial by your location
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdizMlCaXm
"Come to Your Senses" Retreat set for Sept. 26
Since creation, God has spoken to humans through the five senses, and the Bible is full of examples from Genesis to Revelations. We, too, can use our senses prayerfully to communicate with God. Using simple surroundings readily available at home or wherever a person may be, this retreat will help you experience God through hearing, seeing, smelling, touching and tasting. The retreat, led by Kathleen Phillips, is interactive and consists of brief teachings followed by prayer time for each sense.
This retreat will be from 9 a.m.-noon on Sept. 26. It's free, but you need to register at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the Zoom link and a short supply list of items easily found around your home to have ready for the retreat.
How to Enter Middleway Urban Monastery
Imagine our Facebook public group page to be 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.
Say you decide to try Centering Prayer or the Friday Finger Labyrinth. Just look at the calendar below to see when it is offered and go to facebook.com/groups/TheMiddlewayUrbanMonastery, at the designated time. You will see the person who is hosting that event as one of the links there. Click and enjoy. Of course, sometimes there are technical or internet delays for various reasons, so if you do not immediately see it, be patient and linger there. The event you are looking for will become available very close to the time it is scheduled. And, if you miss it, it will be permanently available there, so you can always come when convenient and scroll through the monastery's feed to find what you want.
For those new to our community:
Thanks for your interest in Middleway Urban Monastery. We aim to provide space for those seeking hope, comfort and peace as they explore ways of experiencing God’s love.
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 via our Facebook group, zoom and our website and led by spiritual directors and leaders around the Bryan-College Station area.
A key feature is that you do not join the FB group page in order to participate. Just come to the monastery online – and eventually in person – as often as you want. https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheMiddlewayUrbanMonastery/
Until we can offer in-person events, our community is forming by way of this weekly newsletter. Share it newsletter widely. All are welcome and may subscribe by going to https://www.middlewayurbanmonastery.org/contact and entering your email address at the Subscribe button on the lower right.