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Mix it up this summer


Dear Middleway Urban Monastery friends, Even for those whose jobs and routines are steady year around, summertime calls for new twists now and then. If not a vacation, most of us will find a getaway in a book, a craft or just some peaceful "down time." We've got a little of all of that this summer at Middleway. Take a day, a few hours, come for your lunch time or come Thursday evenings. Let us be that new twist in your life this summer, as you explore God. Read more below to find some ways to add a spark to your summer.  Middleway's Facebook Group


Creativity with The Creator Get your creativity on in the art area this summer. What? You're not creative? Fact: we're born creative; many of us get it hammered out of us in youth by others who want "art" done their way. So forget that nonsense. All the more reason to come dabble. You might be surprised, and there's no competition here. You be you. Most activities are self-guided. Supplies and instructions are in the art area. Here's what we'll have for you to make: June 6-9 - Grateful journals June 13-16 - God's eyes June 20-24 - Discover labyrinths (a make-your-own workshop will be June 21 at 1:30 p.m.) June 27-30 - Stick around (sticker collages) July 5-7 - Treasure boxes July 11-14 - Rock painting July 18-21 - Prayer beads July 25-28 - Greeting cards to share Aug. 1-5 - Painting bread (and yes, it's edible)


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 June 11 at 2 p.m.


Deeper Wisdom of the Enneagram: Centers of Intelligence and Stances So, you are familiar with the Enneagram and already know your Enneagram number, or style? This is just your starting point. A primary gift of Enneagram wisdom is the many layers of self-awareness and knowledge it offers. On July 22, 9 a.m.-Noon, Kathy and Jim Reiter will lead a workshop to highlight information about the three Centers of Intelligence as well as the three Stances of the Enneagram. "Focusing on the Center of Intelligence in which your Enneagram style is rooted will broaden your understanding of how you perceive and respond to daily life," Kathy said. "Working with Enneagram Stances will reveal your social style and the Center of Intelligence which offers you the most opportunity for development. An honest look at ourselves in these ways offers each of us yet another path for spiritual transformation." Register for Enneagram workshop


Spirituality of breadmaking: Buns for the Grill What could be better than a home-grilled burger this summer? A home-grilled burger on a homemade bun. It's downright spiritual. Join us on Aug. 5, 10 a.m.-Noon to experience the discipline of kneading the dough, waiting patiently for it to rise, the yeasty smell - and what that might have to do with God in your life. It's great for individuals, friends or families. Hot dogs - on homemade buns, of course - will be served at the conclusion of this event, so be sure to register in advance. Spirituality of Breadmaking Registration

UNWIND THURSDAY EVENINGS Middleway is open Thursdays until 7 p.m. Stop by to unwind after work. Padre Ben Sanchez, an Episcopal priest and Thursday evening host, also leads Grupo de Oracion, group prayer for Spanish speakers, 6-7 p.m.


Become a Spiritual Director FIND – School for Spiritual Direction and Formation is accepting applications for the Class of 2026 until June 30. The school, hosted by Middleway Urban Monastery in Bryan, TX, holds monthly Saturday classes for clergy and lay people 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. We are diverse and ecumenical without educational or age limits. Click the button for more information. FIND - School for Spiritual Direction


Spiritual directors lend a (holy) ear at Middleway The backbone of Middleway is a team of spiritual directors, well trained by various schools, whose ministry is to listen to you with a holy ear. We are spiritual companions who are willing to meet with you monthly in a non-judging atmosphere as you discern where God is in your life. We don't try to "fix" you with our solutions. Being listened to -- truly listened to -- is powerfully healing. You and your spiritual director normally meet monthly for an hour. Some directors charge varying amounts, and others do not charge. Our current spiritual directors are listed at https://www.middlewayurbanmonastery.org/spiritual-direction. Email us at info@middlewayurbanmonastery.org if you need more information. Planning ahead: note these on your calendar We hope you'll find at least one special event to attend between now and August. Mark your calendars!

  • July 22 – The Enneagram for Growth, going beyond the basics to explore your spirituality, 9 a.m.-Noon, with Kathy and Jim Reiter.

  • Aug. 5 – Spirituality of Breadmaking: Buns for the grill - 9:30 a.m.-Noon, with Kathleen Phillips.

Ongoing:

  • Common Threads – Bring a thread art project (or not) and join in chatting about how our lives intertwine with similar themes, second Wednesdays of each month at 1:30 p.m. Next gathering is June 14.

  • Grupo de Oracion – Thursday evenings, 6 p.m.

  • Weekly Creativity with The Creator in the art area, June 6-Aug. 5

  • Chanting and meditative sit, June 11, 2 p.m.

How to experience the monastery While we offer a variety of programs you can attend, the monastery is also open at least four days a week and some evenings and Saturdays for you to just come for a dose of the relaxing atmosphere where no one will bug you. Read, retreat from the hectic pace of your world, use the 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 peace away from electronic distractions. We need you at Middleway Come volunteer as one who welcomes others into this peaceful place. While there, you'll be able to enjoy the hope, peace and comfort as well. We especially need volunteer hosts and receptionists who'd love to greet people and help them get familiar with the monastery. Middleway is 100 percent volunteer operated. 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. If you need assistance, please come by the monastery or email info@middlewayurbanmonastery.org. Middleway Urban Monastery's Guide for Life

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