Contemplative Men’s Group
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.
A Message from facilitator, Rev. Doug Fritzsche:
So, if you wonder how “men” and “spiritual” and “virtual” work together in a sentence…So did I. We tried it out. The real joy of the meeting was that it allowed attendance of one of our former members who has moved out of state. The physical separation was not so awkward now that we all have some experience with Zoom. And our time for reflection, then coming together to share insights, was much the same as before — except in the comfort of our own homes. Please join us in the zoombarium!
ABOUT OUR FACILITATOR
Doug Fritzsche, MDiv.
Doug Fritzsche 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.