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Searching for Sunday and other stuff

Dear Middleway Urban Monastery friends,

Book clubs, what's the point, you might ask. Everyone knows reading exercises the brain, but one doesn't need a group for that.

Some of the reasons to have a club, or group of people who agree to read the same book at the same time, is because it causes us to gather regularly with old and new friends, to read things we might otherwise not have chosen, and to share in a supportive environment how we agree or disagree with what a given author writes.

At Middleway, we meet weekly with such a group. Some return for each book and some come for a specific book of interest. But all have agreed that we've learned even more by hearing what others say about a book. We also learn to listen to how something impacts another soul.

Pick up this month's book and join us on Thursday so we can get to know you and your viewpoints. You will add so much to our discussion. The July book is listed below along with books chosen through next January.

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

Poetry as Prayer continuing online through July

Each Saturday in July we offer Poetry as Prayer virtually. Join us at 10 a.m. Saturday mornings on our Facebook group. We also invite you to share a favorite poem that speaks to you as prayer. Contact Aneya Elbert at to set up a time to speak with you either in person or over Zoom. You also can watch all editions of Poetry as Prayer on our website or youtube channel.

"Searching for Sunday" topic of weekly book club

This Thursday at 7 p.m. we'll continue with our Book of the Month, "Searching for Sunday: Loving, leaving and finding the church" by Rachel Held Evans. We will discuss Chapter 7-16. The book club meets weekly on Thursdays and is open to all. Here's how to join:

Meeting ID: 862 8991 8385 Passcode: 164675

or call in 1 346 248 7799

Other upcoming books are:

  • August - "Halleluja Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy" by Anne Lamott

  • September - "An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith" by Barbara Brown Taylor

  • 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

How to Visit Middleway Urban Monastery

Ready to dig a little deeper spiritually? We're here for you. Very soon, we hope to have our physical space in Bryan, Texas ready for in-person visits. And even after we open that space, we will continue with our virtual offerings.

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,, 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.

If you know others who would like to "join," ask them to subscribe to our weekly newsletter by going to and entering their email address at the Subscribe button on the lower right.

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