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So cool to see you

Dear friends, You might say summer is gone. Not technically gone, and certainly not climatically gone. In fact, all that IS gone are perhaps weeks of having a slightly different schedule and maybe a vacation either at home or away. Since the beginning of June, we have enjoyed seeing regulars and meeting new folks who just stopped by to chill, checked out our weekly art experience, and/or attended workshops on poetry and nature, the enneagram and the spirituality of breadmaking. Our schedule, too, has slowed down, but not for long. We're busy planning the fall season and look forward to sharing, so you can factor Middleway into your fall calendar. In the meantime, it would be so cool to see you. Get out of the record heat and come chill at Middleway to find peace, comfort, and hope.

Chanting the Psalms and Contemplative Sit Our group of chanters is growing, and we'd love to have you as well. 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 Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. Let us know you're coming!  I'm coming to chant

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 Email us at if you need more information. 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, Saturdays or Sundays 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! 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 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 Middleway Urban Monastery's Guide for Life

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