Dear Middleway Urban Monastery friends,
Our mission is to provide space for hope, comfort and peace as you explore ways of experiencing God’s love.
That can mean a lot of different things to different people. We want you to help us define what Middleway will provide as we get closer to having a physical space in Bryan.
Some things we know. It will offer quietness, a respite from the noise of the world - figuratively and literally.
Throughout February, we will be asking you - as well as people who've not yet experienced Middleway - to imagine a place where a person can soothe the soul and grow into the person God created them to be. So be thinking about that. If you already have some ideas about the sort of place you'd like to visit to tend your soul, email us at email@example.com.
Book club updates
Calling all ragamuffins.
"The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out" is the book for February.
One description of the book, by Brennan Manning, said, "Many believers feel stunted in their Christian growth. We beat ourselves up over our failures and, in the process, pull away from God because we subconsciously believe He tallies our defects and hangs His head in disappointment....(the author) reminds us that nothing could be further from the truth." For the first meeting Feb. 2, we will discuss through Chapter 3 of the book.
Join us at 7 p.m. Central via zoom. No matter where you live, you're invited to join us for great discussions and sharing.
Meeting ID: 862 8991 8385 Passcode: 164675
or call in 1 346 248 7799
Other books chosen for coming months:
March - The Magnificent Defeat by Frederick Buechner
April - Soul Making: The Desert Way of Spirituality by Alan Jones
May - Streams of Living Water by Richard Foster
Reflections: Meditations on Epiphany
Daily meditations on Epiphany continue at 3:30 p.m. These meditations on our Facebook group page offer peaceful visions and a reading by Dr. Amy Thompson from "A Daily Spiritual RX for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany" by Joanna Seibert. Listen to a sample.
How to Visit Middleway Urban Monastery
Ready to dig a little deeper spiritually? We're here for you.
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, facebook.com/groups/TheMiddlewayUrbanMonastery, 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.
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 and led by spiritual directors and leaders around the Bryan-College Station, Texas area. You are welcome no matter where in the world you are, or where in your spiritual journey you are.
If you know others who would like to "join," ask them to subscribe to our weekly newsletter by going to https://www.middlewayurbanmonastery.org/contact and entering their email address at the Subscribe button on the lower right.