Deep camaraderie, open communication.
Where do men go to talk about things that matter so much: values, life purpose, relationships, spirituality?
So often, men feel compelled to “go it alone”. It is part of our upbringing and identity. But we also have a competing call to community, to companionship on the journey … a place where we can describe our vision, acknowledge our fears, accept grief and heal wounds.
Our men’s 90-minute gatherings offer an atmosphere of confidentiality, trust and acceptance where men can find a sense of mutual accountability in a regular time dedicated to community and contemplative practice.
What happens at each gathering?
We share the events of our lives. We focus on a common theme for reflection. We spend some time in contemplative silence. We offer each other our insights and responses and bless one another in parting until we meet again. While the format might vary, these core elements serve to connect our individual stories to a shared whole. We invite you to join us.
We meet the Third Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. and lasts about an hour and a half.
The men’s gathering was started by Eremos founder Jean Springer over 10 years ago, and is now continued by Doug Fritzsche, MDiv., a spiritual director located in South Austin, who attended Jean’s groups for many years. More information about Doug is available at www.spiritual-directions.com. The meetings are held at Doug’s office, 2111 Dickson, Suite 10, Austin, TX 78704.
Doug Fritzsche, MDiv.
An Exploration Of A Way Of Being In The World
We truly welcome new participants at any time,
so please join us!
In a fast paced, conflictual world, it is difficult to find an anchor that keeps us centered on what is most important and draws us to live in ways that are personally authentic, intentional, compassionate and spiritually sustaining.
This on-going Eremos offering provides an opportunity to explore the rich tradition of Benedictine spirituality as a way to enrich the spiritual depth and meaning of our lives and as a guide to everyday living.
Each meeting will be from Noon to 1pm while we are meeting virtually. Meetings will begin with a short noon-day prayer, silence and then we will focus on a different Benedictine theme or teaching, looking at these from the perspective of this unique and challenging moment. Appropriate short readings will be provided and discussed.
this call to create within ourselves
a Monastery of the Heart.
It is the call to go down deep
into the self
in order to find there
the God who urges us
to come out of ourselves
to do the work of God,
to live in union with God
in the world around us…
…we will find that God stands waiting
to sustain us,
and support us,
and fulfill us
at every turn.
By The Invitation by Joan Chittister
(On summer hiatus in July and August, reconvening on September 15th)
From Betsy Aylin, convener:
I am convening this group to have companions in exploring the Benedictine way. My first exposure to Benedict’s Rule was in seminary in 1978, and I kept returning to it through the many changes in my life. A decade or more ago, on a visit to St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado, I was conferring with Fr Micah, one of the monks, expressing my sense of peace and at-home-ness at the monastery and bemoaning the difficulty of visiting the monastery so far from home. Hearing my longing, Fr. Micah suggested that I look into becoming a Benedictine Oblate. After some research I found Osage Monastery (now a retreat center) in Oklahoma and there I became an Oblate, committing to a life-long exploration of what it means to follow Benedicts path in a world very different from his. One aspect of the Benedictine path is that it is communal—lived with others. So I am drawn to make this offering to share the journey with those who are similarly interested.
Eremos invites you to an opportunity to nourish your soul in these times of change and to support any contemplative practices you may have.
Each session includes a brief reading (usually of a poem), 20 minutes of silent contemplation to rest your mind, and closes with an opportunity to share about your contemplative experience (as desired).
Come sooth your spirit and connect virtually, as we support one another through these unprecedented days.
Soul Support Details
Soul Support is on a summer hiatus and is expected to return on September 19th
This program attracts women seeking to experience extended periods of silence, time for thoughtful reflection, and prayer in the company of other kindred souls.
In this time of Zoom gatherings, participants spend a brief time of welcome to start the morning, then move into hearing a facilitator-led poem or reading, often with suggested questions to ponder in silence. The program continues with 20 – 25 minutes of silence journaling, drawing, meditating, or walking outside in nature on your own. Called back to the Zoom screen, each woman is invited (never required) to share insights, life stories, & concerns. The session closes with an opportunity to lift up in prayer anyone in the world you feel called to ask for the prayers of your sisters-in-community that morning.
Within this supportive circle, participants experience the uniqueness and diversity of each spiritual journey and contemplative experience. Participants often depart our time together with clarity, peace, and hope about life in general or a particular issue they’re facing.
We invite you to join us! Please experience your first session for free (email Dianna here to get the Zoom Link) or register below ($10 per session).
Note: Effective March 2021, this gathering will have women from the circle take turns facilitating each session. The chosen reflection honors the intuition of the facilitator, as she discerns which poem or passage from a book will be used during her session. Longtime participant Ellen Sullivan will host the sessions on Zoom through 2021.
(On summer hiatus in July and August, reconvening on September 11th)
$10 per session for all other sessions.
The creative process offers a path where, just beneath the surface of artistic endeavor, the rhythm of prayer unfolds: senses awaken, mind focuses, heart opens & soul bestows her gifts.
What to Expect:
A quiet setting dedicated to prayerful, creative work; good quality art materials as befit a spiritual practice; inviting art directions with freedom to create your own way; and time to ground and grow in a creating community.
“Art is that which invites us into contemplation.” – Thomas Moore
Come Create, Reflect, Respond!
No Session in July.