Eremos 25 Year Celebration

Eremos

Celebrating 25 Years of Contemplative Living

Thank you for making our kick-off celebration on May 20th so fun and inspiring!*

Additional events honoring our 25th Anniversary year will be posted soon. In the meantime, we welcome your support of our exciting future through an anniversary gift.
(suggested donation of $25, $125, $250 or more*)

Make an Anniversary Donation

Thank you in advance for your anniversary gift!

Our History

1992:

Jean Springer arrived in Austin, Texas with a dream of providing a space within Austin in which people could be invited to listen to the Spirit dwelling within each of them and within the lives they live.

1995:

On retreat with a group of women called “Sisters of Diversity” the thought of becoming a non-profit organization was surfaced and from this conversation an Organizational Committee was formed to explore this vision.

1996:

We incorporated as Eremos with a four-member Board of Directors and received our status as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

2016:

Eremos celebrated its 20th anniversary, giving thanks for all of the men and women who have supported our mission through the years and have been part of this growing community.

2018:

Our founder and Spiritual Amma, Jean Springer, passed away on February 20th, 2018.

2018:

April 2nd, 2018, Eremos moved out of its home for over 20 years into its new office at 3355 Bee Caves Road, Ste. 101, Westlake Hills, TX 78746.

2020:

With the arrival of the pandemic, Eremos quickly pivoted to Zoom offerings. This transition enabled us to expand our community beyond our Central Texas home.

2021:

Eremos continues to evolve, expand our contemplative support nationally, and thrive, as we celebrate our 25th anniversary!

If you missed our celebration on May 20th and want to hear Rev. Nancy McCranie’s beautiful reflection and the memories shared by Nancy Angel, Ed Wilder, and Barbara Lightheart (as well as watch the video tribute to founder Jean Springer), then reach out to our Executive Director, Dianna, HERE. She will happily email you a link to the Zoom recording.

Program for Our Night of Celebration:

6:15pm:

Join us anytime between 6:15pm and 6:45pm for cocktail party-like opportunities to reconnect and make new friends. A hit at our fall gala, bring your drinks, memories, stories of how Eremos made a difference in your life, and ideas for the future with you, as you spend time in randomly created small groups!

7:00pm:

We formally kick off our 25th Anniversary Celebration with a warm welcome and invitation for a silent pause from Executive Director, Dianna Amorde, then a special reflection offered by Board Member Rev. Dr. Mona West.

7:10pm:

Looking back and remembering Jean. Via stories, photos, and recordings we look back at the solid foundation of community built over the years with Nancy Angel, Ed Wilder, and Barbara Lightheart. (We’ll have opportunities throughout the year for others to share their memories too!)

7:30pm:

Bridging the past into our inspiring present – how we’ve evolved and what we’re doing now, with guest speaker Nancy McCranie on “the gift of Eremos Jean bequeathed us”.  Nancy Chester McCranie, M. Div., is the Director of Volunteer and Bereavement Services of Hospice Austin and a longtime friend of Eremos and past spiritual directee of Eremos founder, Jean Springer.

7:45pm:

What words describe Eremos? Dianna Amorde and Board Member John Fassnacht share the “Wordle” created after receiving the submissions from our community of the words that best describe the gift of Eremos.

Email Dianna your top three words that convey the essence of Eremos to you. We’ll make sure your words are included in the creation of our Wordle image. For example, some words you might choose:

  • Soul Nourishment
  • Restful
  • Spirit-filled
  • Heart-centered
  • Holding Space
  • Contemplative
  • Joyful

7:50pm:

Our exciting future includes YOU! Board Members John Fassnacht and Deborah Franke share the 25 Acts of Contemplation invitation and highlight the visioning work the Board will be doing in the coming months.

8:00pm:

Schedule of More 25th Anniversary Events. Dianna shares our plans-to-date for celebrating throughout the year.

8:10pm:

Closing Blessing offered by Sharon Dunn, Spiritual Director

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