Dear Friends, Last week, we mentioned the hierarchy of needs, which puts love and belonging right in the middle of the five-tier diagram. This week on CBS Sunday Morning, a report on high numbers of suicides in the US was attributed in large part to a sense of loneliness, or of having no value. Not feeling connected - especially at this time of year - can seem to magnify. But that is something Middleway can help alleviate. We have lots of ways for you to latch on to a community of people. If coming to one of our programs isn't your cup of tea, you can come to the monastery just to be in the space with others as you discover how much God loves you. Did we mention tea? We have hot tea, apple cider, hot chocolate, coffee and nibbles always available to you freely at our hospitality table. We are a place of peace, comfort and hope where all people are loved and part of community. You are important and worthy. Come and see!
God and Dog Tuesday Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. is the next God and Dog Gathering, so get your favorite pup and come. Or, come even if you love dogs but can't bring one at this time. The group meets monthly on the first Tuesday, led by Kathleen Phillips. Together with our dog(s), we talk and engage in activities aimed at understanding what it is about dogs that help us relate to God. Currently we have started gathering resources, books, online references and such that refer to how dogs - and all animals - can positively impact our spiritual lives. So if you see something like that to share, bring it. Spread the word to let your dog-loving friends and family know, too. Count me and the pooch in!
Common Threads Common Threads is a monthly group for people to share life's stories. Some bring thread projects - crochet, knitting, stitching, mending, etc. - to do while talking and listening, but that is not required. The next meeting is Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 1:30 p.m.
Friday Meditation and Mindfulness
Center yourself and find peace in the midst of your busy life. Friday Meditation and Mindfulness, led by Becky Burks, meets monthly during the noon hour at 12:30 p.m. Next time is Friday, Dec. 15.
Chanting the Psalms and Contemplative Sit
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 Sunday Dec. 17, 2-3 p.m. Let us know you're coming! I'm coming to chant
Jingle Mingle Calling all volunteers, friends, supporters, those who've attend a program or ever walked inside, and those who want to be any of the above. Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2 p.m. In other words, everyone is invited to come mingle amongst good people, seasonal music, wassail, and nibbles. It is our thank you for everyone who has made another year possible at Middleway! I'm coming to Jingle Mingle
Drum Circle Join us for Drum Circle on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 2 p.m., led by Amy Thompson. Drumming is a way to connect with the rhythm of life and find balance, wholeness and connection. No musical experience is necessary. Drums are provided. Click below to let us know you're coming. Yeah, I'm in!
We've had an Epiphany!
The 2nd annual Celtic Women's Christmas will be Saturday, Jan. 6, 10-11:30 a.m., and will feature a Sweet Strings on the Brazos dulcimer performance. Celtic Women's Christmas is a tradition in Ireland, where women come together on Epiphany for a little celebration of their own after preparing and providing Christmas gifts, food and goodies for others all season long. At Middleway, we love learning about - and experiencing - traditions from other cultures. We invite all women to attend. Being of Irish or of Celtic background is not required.
Grupo de Oracion The monastery is open until 5 p.m. on Thursdays with an emphasis on prayer time in Spanish, 3-5 p.m. Thursday afternoons are led by Rev. Ben Sanchez. All are welcome to come and offer or seek prayers. Sanchez is an Episcopal priest.
Spiritual directors lend a (holy) ear at Middleway A team of spiritual companions whose ministry is to listen to you with a holy ear are the backbone of Middleway. One of us can meet with you monthly in a non-judging atmosphere as you discern where God is in your life. We actively listen without trying to "fix" you. It's powerfully healing. See www.middlewayurbanmonastery.org/spiritual-direction. or email us at email@example.com for more information. How to experience the monastery Attend any of our programs for sure. But also know the monastery is also open weekdays Tuesday-Friday and some evenings, Saturdays or Sundays for you to come use the library, art area, or various sitting areas in a relaxing atmosphere where no one will bug you. Children are welcome to come with an adult. We need you! Three hours a month, week, or day. Regular or now-and-then. You pick what's convenient for you, then volunteer to help welcome others into this peaceful place. We are 100 percent volunteer operated, and you can make a meaningful impact just be being present. To sign up, please come by the monastery or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Middleway Urban Monastery's Guide for Life