Book Reflection

Eremos Fall 2021 Book Reflection

Ladder to the Light
An Indigenous Elder’s Meditations on Hope and Courage

By Steven Charleston

“Darkness will not last forever. Together we can climb toward the light.” – Steven Charleston

Step back from the negative news of these days to immerse yourself in the hope and wisdom of Steven Charleston. Over four weekly sessions, we’ll come together to reflect upon the series of meditations Charleston shares on his wildly popular Facebook page.

Native America knows something about cultivating resilience and resisting darkness. Choctaw elder and Episcopal priest Steven Charleston offers words of hard-won hope, rooted in daily conversations with the Spirit and steeped in Indigenous wisdom. For all who yearn for hope, Ladder to the Light is a book of comfort, truth, and challenge in a time of anguish and fear.”

Led by trusted facilitators, each group will create a powerful circle for experiencing and reflecting upon Charleston’s meditations in a deeper way than reading them on your own. We hope you’ll join us!

Come with your unique spiritual beliefs and concerns about our world and be open to the wisdom this Indigenous Elder and retired Episcopal Bishop shares. There will be time for silence, reflection, and sharing each week. 

“This book touched me as few do. Steven Charleston is a spiritual medic who has given himself to a life of healing, and you will want to share this medicine with everyone you know.” –Barbara Brown Taylor

Book Reflection Details

Four 90-minute facilitated sessions, beginning OCTOBER 2021

Sessions include time for silence, reflection, and sharing. (dates vary by facilitator)



See chart below for a complete list of facilitators and the dates/times their groups meet.

For more information about this empowering workshop event, please contact Eremos today.

You’re invited to purchase a copy of the book through this link to Please note that if you click through and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

(90 Minute Sessions)
Dianna AmordeWednesdays from 7:00pm  – 8:30pmOct. 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27thVIRTUALLY (Zoom)OPEN
Regina MoserThursdays from 7pm to 8:30pmOct. 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28thVIRTUALLY (Zoom)OPEN
Barbara WiederaendersWednesdays from 12:30pm – 2:00pmOct. 6th, 13th, 20th, and Nov. 3rdVIRTUALLY (Zoom)OPEN
Rev. Doug Fritzsche and John FassnachtWednesdays from 7:00pm  – 8:30pmOct. 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27thVIRTUALLY (Zoom)OPEN


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About the Author

Steven Charleston

Steven Charleston is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the first of the Five Tribes from the southeastern part of the United States to be removed on the “Trail of Tears”. He is a bishop in the Episcopal Church with forty years of service in the ordained ministry. He has been the director of Native American ministries for his church, the first Native Bishop of Alaska, the President and Dean of a seminary in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a seminary professor. Currently he teaches at the Saint Paul School of Theology.

FACILITATOR: Dianna Amorde is the Executive Director of Eremos and has been facilitating these book groups since she arrived 8 years ago. She considers them one of her favorite ways of connecting with and supporting the Eremos community and delights in the opportunity to hear different points of view.

Doug Fritzsche
Doug Fritzsche
John Fassnacht
John Fassnacht

FACILITATORS: Rev. Doug Fritzsche and John Fassnacht:

Doug Fritzsche, MDiv. is a Spiritual Director and retired Presbyterian Pastor living in Austin, Texas. I have a MDiv from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and a whole previous career as a business owner and as a photojournalist. Before moving to Austin, I spent the largest part of my life before coming here in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

John is a husband, father, grandfather, and a fellow spiritual traveler. His professional career was spent in healthcare leadership roles, focused on helping leaders realize that “ work is love made visible”. John is passionate about growing and contributing to a community constantly in search of the spirit alive in our daily lives. He currently serves on the Eremos Board of Directors.

FACILITATOR: Regina Moser is an educator, spiritual director and avid reader who has facilitated book groups for over 15 years. Regina loves sharing the joys of reading, pondering and exploring in reflective groups.  Trusting that listening is Holy, Regina appreciates weaving contemplate practices, journaling and thoughtful questions to delve into the power of sharing stories.

FACILITATOR: Barbara Wiederaenders is a longtime participant in the Eremos Book Reflections, Barbara is excited to facilitate one of this Fall’s groups. She brings to the group her experience in  facilitating caregiver support groups and serving elders in her congregation.  Her Masters in Spiritual Formation from the Seminary of the Southwest in 2014 at age 73 was a welcome challenge to continue learning and growing.


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