Dear Friends of Middleway Urban Monastery, Our next retreat will begin Thursday July 23 via Zoom and includes a variety of options through Friday July 24. As with all our offerings, it is free. Retreat leader Dr. Heidi Campbell notes that 2020 has been a unique year. "Besides navigating a global pandemic, we were all forced to become monastics for a season. We were ushered into a new rule of life, organized around sheltering in place and social distancing practices," she said. "But instead of this monastic-like experience of isolation and quiet bringing us peace, many experienced anxiety and fear due to the uncertainties of this new lifestyle. As we wade our way through the continued effects of COVID-19, hope has become a rare and precious commodity." Campbell will show you how to create hope.
July 23-24 -- Digital Monasticism: Exploring Creative Hope This retreat will be led by Dr. Heidi Campbell, a spiritual director and Texas A&M University professor who specializes in religion and social media. This retreat offers various parts via Zoom. You must send an email to info@middlewayurbanmonastery to get the Zoom meeting ID. This retreat also will be archived on the FB group site permanently. Here's the agenda:
THURSDAY, July 23 9:30 a.m. -- Centering prayer—LIVE 10-10:30 a.m. -- Retreat Intro & Teaching 1-Exploring Digital Monasticism & Creating Hope through Silence—Facebook LIVE 12 p.m. -- Noonday prayer (optional) 1:30-2 p.m. -- Teaching 2-Creating Hope through Solitude—Facebook LIVE 2-5 p.m. -- Digital Solo-Online prayer & praxis 5:15 p.m. -- Evening Prayer (optional) 7-8 p.m. -- Reflection session & Teaching 3- Creating Hope through Sheltering—ZOOM FRIDAY, July 24 8 a.m. -- Morning Prayer (optional) 9:30 a.m. -- Centering Prayer- Facebook LIVE 10-10:30 a.m. -- Wrap-up & Teaching 4: Moving into Digital Hope—Facebook LIVE For those new to our community: Thanks for your interest in Middleway Urban Monastery. We aim to provide space for those seeking hope, comfort and peace as they explore ways of experiencing God’s love. For the time being, our monastery is online only. We plan to eventually offer a physical space in Bryan, Texas. Even then, however, we will continue to offer our prayer times, meditations, centering, contemplation and various workshops and retreats online via our Facebook group and led by spiritual directors and leaders around the Bryan-College Station area. A key feature is that you do not have to join the FB group page in order to participate. Just come to the monastery online – and eventually in person – as often as you want. https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheMiddlewayUrbanMonastery/ Our Facebook group page includes daily events as well as videos from past events so that you may enjoy at times other than when first presented, as it fits your schedule. Until we can offer in-person events, our community is forming by way of this weekly newsletter. Share this newsletter widely. All are welcome and may subscribe by going to https://www.middlewayurbanmonastery.org/contact Here’s what’s coming the week of July 20-25 Monday All day – Prayer requests accepted on the FB group page 8:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer 9:30 a.m. – Centering Prayer 12:15 p.m. – Noonday Prayer 5:30 p.m. – Evening Prayer Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - Morning Prayer 9:30 a.m. – Centering Prayer 12:15 p.m. – Noonday Prayer 5:30 p.m. – Evening Prayer Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer 9:30 a.m. – Centering Prayer 12:15 p.m. – Noonday Prayer 5:30 p.m. – Evening Prayer Thursday 8:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer 9:30 a.m. – Digital Monasticism: Exploring Creative Hope begins 12:15 p.m. – Noonday Prayer 5:30 p.m. – Evening Prayer Friday 8:30 a.m. –- Morning Prayer 9:30-10:30 a.m. – Digital Monasticism: Exploring Creative Hope concludes 12:15 p.m. – Noonday Prayer 12:30 p.m. – Finger Labyrinth Meditation 5:30 p.m. – Evening Prayer 8 p.m. – Compline Saturday 8:30 a.m. – Morning Prayer 12:15 p.m. – Noonday Prayer 6 p.m.– 12-Step Evening Prayer Sunday 6 p.m. – Evening Prayer