West Tennessee Emmaus
P. O. Box 10741
JOURNEY WITH CHRIST
The Gospel of St. Luke
relates the story of the risen Christ
appearing to two who were going along the road from Jerusalem to
friends were walking together, sharing their heartsí deepest concerns.
risen Christ joined them and explained the scriptures as they walked,
how it was
ordained that Christ should suffer and so enter his glory. This
the road was a heart-warming experience as the risen Christ walked and
with them. The illuminating climax of the experience was when Christ
and said the blessing, then broke it and gave it to them. The two had
opened and they recognized him as the risen Christ and they rushed back
Jerusalem to tell the others. (Luke 24:13-35)
THE WALK TO EMMAUS?
The above story
provides the image for Emmaus, an Upper Room
program that calls forth and renews Christian discipleship. Like its
predecessor, Cursillo de Cristianidad (Spanish for "short course in
Christianity"), the Walk to Emmaus is a three-day experience which
New Testament look at Christianity as a lifestyle. It is a highly
weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people,
through them their families, congregations and the world in which they
Emmaus is a combined effort of laity and clergy toward the renewal of
HAPPENS AT EMMAUS?
The "Walk to Emmaus" is
a 72-hour experience. The
weekend begins on Thursday evening and ends Sunday evening. At Emmaus
spend three busy but very enjoyable days, usually at a retreat center.
live and study together in singing, prayer, worship, and discussion.
center around fifteen talks given by laity and clergy. These talks
theme of Godís grace, and how that grace comes alive in the Christian
community and expresses itself in the world. Youíll also discover how
real in your life, and how you can live in the life of grace, bringing
others. You will have the opportunity to participate in the daily
Holy Communion, and to begin to understand more fully the presence of
his body of believers. You will experience Godís grace personally
prayers and acts of service of a living support community.
HAPPENS AFTER EMMAUS?
One of the primary
strengths of Emmaus is the follow-up. Your
weekend lasts only three days, but you are invited to build on it for
of your life. Those who attend a "Walk to Emmaus" are encouraged to do
two things following their weekend:
1. Expand their own
spiritual lives through study and congregational participation;
2. Become more active
disciples of Christ in the world through their churches.
To nurture this process
of discipleship, the Emmaus movement
offers specific opportunities. First, reunion groups of four to six
weekly to reflect on their quest for spiritual growth and encourage one
in their discipleship. Second, there will be monthly meetings called
"Community Gatherings." All people in a particular Emmaus community or
area are invited for fellowship, worship, and informal instruction.
through a newsletter, members become aware of support needs for
to Emmaus and there are opportunities to work during future weekends in
variety of ways.
Originating in Spain in
the late 1940s, Cursillo moved to
America in the late 1950s. It was primarily a Roman Catholic movement
1970s. As Catholic centers started accepting applications from
efforts began among some groups to make the Cursillo experience
available to all
Protestants. In the late 1970s, The Upper Room (a unit of the Board of
Discipleship of the United Methodist Church) formed The Upper Room
Community in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1981, by mutual agreement between
National Secretariat of the Roman Catholic Cursillo movement and The
the name of the Nashville Protestant community was changed to Emmaus.
movement is ecumenical.
The focus of Emmaus is
God as known in Jesus Christ and how
that finds expression in the local church. The objective of Emmaus is
inspire, challenge, and equip local church members for Christian action
homes, churches, and places of work. Emmaus lifts up a way for our
life to be lived and shared with others.
SHOULD GO TO EMMAUS?
Emmaus is for the development of
Christian leaders who:
+ wish to strengthen their
+ may have unanswered questions
about prayer, study, and sharing their faith;
+ understand that being a Christian
+ are willing to dedicate their
everyday lives to God in an ongoing manner;
+ have positions of responsibility
in the church and the world.
We invite you to join
in a refreshing weekend
spent meeting Jesus as he comes to you through other Christians.
information on Emmaus, contact the Registrar, Nancy He'bert
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