Dear Middleway Urban Monastery friends,
For many, this time of year brings on the added pressure of deadlines as school semesters come to an end or as plans are made for a summer getaway. Certainly this year, as society eases back in to more "normal" ways of interacting, people are getting out and about some, thankfully. We can spend a lot of time planning the details of a getaway just so we can escape for a bit into welcomed peace in the place of our choice.
At Middleway, we, too, are busy planning a getaway. But our getaway is for you. We are looking for a physical space and envisioning the day when you might come to enjoy a peaceful, comfortable, hopeful space. That said, we are also taking time off from a couple of our regular features. The Friday night compline and the 12-step Evening Prayer services will return in the fall.
In the meantime, our rhythm of Morning Prayer continues along with daily Centering Prayer, daily prayers for current issues, weekly book club and meditations, and monthly finger labyrinth walks.
Streams of Living Water continues in weekly book club
This week, we discuss chapters 4 and 5 of our study of Richard Foster's "Streams of Living Water." The Charismatic Tradition: Discovering the Spirit-Empowered Life and The Social Justice Tradition: Discovering the Compassionate Life will be discussed on Tuesday, May 18, at 7 p.m. Central time.
The book is available on Audible or on Kindle via Amazon if you want a quick download, or you might check with your local library to see if it's available. The group is open to all. Here's how to join:
Meeting ID: 862 8991 8385 Passcode: 164675
or call in 1 346 248 7799
Our book for June will be Henri Nouwen's "The Way of the Heart."
Interested in spiritual direction or formation training?
If you've considered learning more about Christian spirituality and how the training might impact you and your ministry, check out FIND - School for Spiritual Direction and Formation. Applications are being accepted for the ecumenical school which offers classes once a month on a Saturday so that busy lay and clergy people can attend more easily. NEW THIS YEAR: FIND is launching a second version of the school. After a successful transition to Zoom classes in 2020 to operate the school during the pandemic, the FIND board has agreed to offer a parallel school which will be exclusively online to enable anyone to attend without regard to location. The traditional school, which was founded in 1997, will return to an in-person venue at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Bryan, Texas. A person may choose to enroll in either the online or in-person school. FIND hopes to move to Middleway Urban Monastery when a physical location is established. For more information, see www.schoolforspiritualdirection.org.
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