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When 'home alone' means get ready to retreat 

Our mission is to provide space for those seeking hope, comfort and peace as they explore ways of experiencing God’s love.

Dear Friends of Middleway Urban Monastery, If you'd like to get away but can't, we have a live, guided retreat Saturday that you can enjoy in your own home. "Come to Your Senses" will show you how to use everyday items or techniques in your home throughout a normal day to maintain a steady connection with God. Since creation, God has spoken to humans through the five senses, and the Bible is full of examples from Genesis to Revelations. We, too, can use our senses prayerfully to communicate with God. Using simple surroundings readily available at home, this retreat will help you experience God through hearing, seeing, smelling, touching and tasting. The retreat, led by Kathleen Phillips, is interactive and consists of brief teachings followed by prayer time for each sense. Retreat with us from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Sept. 26. It's free, so come and invite your friends to join as well. Everything you need will be easily available in your own home...a Bible, a piece of string about a yard long, and your own morning coffee or beverage of your choice and lunch when it's time. That's all. We'd love to know you are joining (email us at, but it's ok to jump in at the last minute as well. The zoom link on Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. is Middleway Urban Monastery joins in World Communion Sunday World Communion Sunday is approaching! This day is a gift from the Presbyterian Church to the world and is held the first Sunday of October every year. This is a way we can celebrate our oneness in Christ along with our brothers and sisters around the world. Please join us on Facebook and our YouTube channel for an interactive Eucharist on Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. as we acknowledge unity in Christ and pray for peace in the world. We'll post  more information next week. Creativity continues in weekly book study Discussions on "Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet," by Matthew Fox, will continue on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. This week's discussion is on Chapter 3. It's not too late to join. Everyone is welcome. We read and discuss one chapter a week. Plan to join us on Zoom at: Meeting ID: 862 8991 8385 Passcode: 164675 OR find your local number to dial in: How to Enter Middleway Urban Monastery Imagine our Facebook public group page to be a physical building. When you enter our URL,, it is like opening the door of a physical building, because you will find all that is offered there. Likewise, you can come to our website and explore the offerings, including links to our Twitter and Instagram accounts, if you like those formats and want to follow.  For those new to our community: Thanks for your interest in Middleway Urban Monastery. 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 area. If, for whatever reason. you feel "spiritual but not religious," that you no longer have a church or that you are just "done" with organized religion, no worries. We do not ask you 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. We're about providing you space as you seek hope, comfort and peace as you explore ways of experiencing God’s love. Then, if you want to stay informed and take part in as many things as you can, subscribe to this weekly newsletter by going to and entering your email address at the Subscribe button on the lower right.

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