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 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? We gather. 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.
Certainly the format varies, but those elements serve to connect our individual stories to a shared whole. We invite you to join us. The current group meets the last Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. and lasts about an hour and a half. (The next gathering is Thursday, August 29 at 7 p.m.) Additional groups may be forming, if you have a scheduling conflict. Please inquire.
The men’s gathering was started by Jean Springer, and is continued by Doug, who attended Jean’s groups for many years. The meetings are held at Doug’s office, 2111 Dickson, Suite 10, Austin, TX 78704.