Reflections

Dear Middleway Urban Monastery friends,

As we move into the new Middleway Urban Monastery building, we've begun to take as many pictures as parents of a newborn. Indeed, the word "incubation" has been used to describe what it is like to watch this new creation grow, wrapped in the love, support, heavy-lifting, and generous nurturing of folks who are volunteering to help.

The new picture above was intended to show the portion of the restored building that Middleway will occupy. A closer look into the eyes of its new windows, however, reflects the city where Middleway is nestled. How fitting that is! Middleway wants to reflect our neighbors -- you and all around us, the city where people from all walks of life live and work, play and pray. We plan to welcome you there soon.

In the meantime, all of our regular offerings are still on our Facebook group page. More will be added both there and in person when we've settled into our new space.

Read about what's going on at Middleway below. Then check out our Facebook group page or website.

"An Altar in the World" continues as September's book study

We conclude "An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith" by Barbara Brown Taylor with a discussion of Chapters 10-12 on Thursday, Sept. 23. Taylor shares how she learned to find God beyond the church walls by embracing the sacred as a natural part of everyday life. Our discussions range from how the author describes her material to how the writings impact our individual lives. And it doesn't matter where you live ... attendees have come from a wide range of geographies and faiths.

We will take a break on the fifth Thursday this month, Sept. 30, before starting the next book, "Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus" by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg on Oct. 7. So order your copy now. It's available as a free read for Amazon Prime members.

Here's how to join:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86289918385?pwd=SjcwUW5NMlZnWUtlNFFYd01waVZzUT09

Meeting ID: 862 8991 8385 Passcode: 164675

or call in 1 346 248 7799

Upcoming books are:

  • October - "Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus" by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg

  • November - "Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith" by Kathleen Norris

  • December - No meetings

  • January 2022 - "The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are" by Brene Brown

Volunteer at Middleway through a Circle of Stewards

Come be a part of the Middleway community! Now that we have a building, we need volunteers who can be there beginning in October. Offer your talents in administration, reception, hospitality, plants/greenery, library, arts, technology/information, worship, cleaning, and growth/sustainability. Each of these areas are called Circles of Stewards, which are groups of people within the community who share similar interests and want to help make Middleway as special, sacred space for all. Trainings will be offered prior to opening.

And no worries if you don't live near. There are ways to be part of our circles whether you live nearby or far away.

Watch for an email about becoming a volunteer in one or more of those areas. But you don't have to wait. You can sign now up at https://timecounts.org/middlewaymonastery. Simply fill in the form and make your choices. Then when opportunities become available in the Circle(s) of your choice, you will be notified and can decide if you are able to participate at particular times. For example, if we have a need for a receptionist on Tuesday, 9-noon, everyone who has expressed an interest in being a volunteer receptionist would receive an email in advance noting that opportunity. Each person would decide whether to volunteer for that time. That is how each of you will be notified of volunteer opportunities.

These opportunities are more than volunteering -- they are community forming. Being at Middleway will be less of the typical "doing" associated with most volunteer activities and more of the "being," that is, being present to welcome visitors and enjoy the surroundings yourself! With this in mind, our volunteers are in community with the Middleway Urban Monastery's Guide for Life:

  • Conversion of Life “Conversatio”: Living our life as if it were a conversation with God, in a commitment to personal spiritual disciplines.

  • Humility: Living our life in perspective, in a commitment to assess and honor one’s own gifts and those of others.

  • Hospitality: Living our life in service of others, in a commitment to welcome guests in love and a spirit of prayer.

  • Prayer: Practicing a spiritual discipline that includes daily prayer.

  • Ecumenism: Honoring all expressions of Christian faith and respecting in Jesus’ name all persons of other religions and faiths.

Other ways to experience Middleway Urban Monastery

Ready to dig a little deeper spiritually?

Join our Facebook group page. Doing so will let you receive notices about events as well comment and see what others in the Middleway community are saying.

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.

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