Emmaus, Cursillo, Chrysalis, TresDias, Ect
[This editor attempts to expose the ecumenical movements such as the Emmaus Walk to be dangerous to the spiritual health of a TRUE CHRISTIAN]
What is the Walk to Emmaus?
Emmaus leaders are often called upon to introduce the Walk to Emmaus and to describe some of its features. This is not a simple task, because Emmaus involves many aspects and experiential dimensions which can be difficult to articulate or even to remember. In addition, each Walk to Emmaus is part of a larger tradition as a spiritual renewal movement which is passed on from weekend to weekend. So efforts to adequately describe the Walk to Emmaus often fall short.
What follows is one way of describing the basic intent and design of the weekend in the course of retelling the resurrection story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus. This is followed by an overview of the Emmaus Movement and a review of some of the important features of Emmaus, such as the strengths Emmaus brings to the church, the uniqueness' of Emmaus among spiritual formation experiences, and some aspects of Emmaus which may need explanation.
The Walk to Emmaus and Luke 24:13-35
The resurrection story told in Luke 24:13-35 illustrates what happens for-pilgrims on the Walk to Emmaus: faith is re-explained, grace is re-experienced, Christian community is realized, and the body of Christ is renewed through the renewed commitment of church members Christ's disciples.
Faith Is Re-explained
As the two disciples walked to Emmaus, Jesus joined them as a stranger and explained to them the meaning of the Scriptures concerning himself. Likewise, during the Walk to Emmaus our faith is re-explained through fifteen talks and discussions, addressing important aspects of God's grace and Christian discipleship.
Grace Is Reexperienced
Upon arrival in the village of Emmaus, the disciples recognised Jesus in the breaking of the bread and remembered how their hearts had burned within them as they walked with him on the road. Likewise, during the Emmaus Weekend grace is reexperienced through rich worship services, daily Holy Communion, the support of a caring Christian community, and other expressions of God's love.
Christian Community Is Realized
The disciples returned immediately to the little Christian community in Jerusalem to share their story and to hear their friends' stories of having seen the risen Christ. Likewise, on the Walk to Emmaus people live in Christian community for three days and have opportunities to share their lives in fun-filled moments as well as serious moments, small group discussions, common meals, singing, worship, and communion.
The Body of Christ Is Renewed
The disciples together became the body of Christ in the world, supporting one another over the long haul as they walked in the spirit of Jesus and shared the gospel of grace with those around them. Likewise, after the three-day Walk to Emmaus discipleship is sustained with a strong follow-up emphasis which we call the "Fourth Day." This emphasis involves participation in church and in small, weekly support groups for mutual encouragement, guidance, and accountability.
The Purpose of Emmaus
The purpose of Emmaus is the renewal of the Church as the body of the risen Christ in the world through the renewal of church members as faithful and committed disciples of Jesus Christ. Emmaus expands participants' spiritual lives, deepens their discipleship, and rekindles their gifts as Christian leaders in their churches and communities. These aims are accomplished not only during the three-day Emmaus Walk, but also through participation in group reunions and community Gatherings, sponsorship and support of Walks, and service on teams. Persons whose spiritual lives are renewed and strengthened through Emmaus are called to share the grace they receive in their community and to be leavening influences in their local churches. The purpose of Emmaus is not fully realised during the three days of the event itself, but, rather, in the Fourth Day.
What Is Alarga?
(for people with and without physical disabilities)
The Emmaus Walk program has been developed specifically for the development of Christian leaders. Alarga (reaching out) is an officially adapted Emmaus Walk which embraces people with physical disabilities and follows the Emmaus format very closely.
Alarga differs from Emmaus only in that both men and women are accepted and the number of talks is reduced from fifteen to twelve, by combining some Emmaus talks. The talks are also reduced from twenty minutes to fifteen minutes duration. All the course content is retained, as are all those 'special' features of a standard Emmaus Walk weekend.
The slower pace that is achieved by the changes made in the conference room allows more time for dressing and showering and for a rest time of one to one and a half hours in the afternoon in preparation for the evening activities - this does not include Sunday afternoon. The Alarga weekend remains a very full three days, each day starting at 6.15 am and finishing around 10.30 p.m. Sunday concludes at approximately 6.00 PM.
Alarga team members will include those who have experience in working with people with disabilities and their special needs. A comprehensive assessment of pilgrims prior to the weekend and before acceptance of registration will be carried out, to assess the capabilities of the pilgrim and determine if their needs can be met on the weekend. Alarga has a fourth Assistant Lay Director (ALD) who has nursing experience and is officially responsible for medications and other special needs of the pilgrims and team.
Husbands and wives do not share sleeping accommodation or sit at the same table 'in the conference room. They are able to share during breaks and free time.
While Alarga is slower paced than an Emmaus Walk, it remains a very full and long weekend. At the Alarga closing you will witness the same blessings and joys experienced by the pilgrim's on an Emmaus weekend.
What is a Chrysalis Flight?
A CHRYSALIS Weekend is a three day experience which takes a look at Christianity as a lifestyle. It is a highly structured weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of young Christians and, through them, all those with whom they come into contact. CHRYSALIS is an ecumenical, combined effort of laity and clergy toward renewal of the Church.
Those attending the weekend will spend three busy but enjoyable days living and sharing together in singing, prayer, worship and discussions centred around fifteen talks given by both laity and clergy. These talks present the theme of God's grace and how that grace comes alive in the Christian community and expresses itself in the world. CHRYSALIS is the growth stage between caterpillars and butterflies. While on the surface it may look like nothing is happening, the delicate process changes a caterpillar into a butterfly with wings and beautiful colours. This symbolises that, through dying to self, Christ can transform us into new beings. Jesus Christ can transform us into something beautiful. We must open ourselves to Jesus for this transformation to occur.
CHRYSALIS is the name chosen for the Youth Walk to Emmaus because it symbolises faith growth in the lives of youth -the spiritual growth that is necessary between adolescence and adulthood it is a crucial time in a maturing faith for discipleship.
CHRYSALIS has its roots deeply planted in its parent movement, the Walk to Emmaus. CHRYSALIS is a three-day spiritual renewal retreat that provides participants an opportunity to learn more about faith, to experience Christian love and support, and a chance to make new commitments in their faith journey. The content of the three days focuses on God's grace, how one experiences Christ as a friend in the body of Christ, and how one is called into discipleship, giving love a needful word.
What Happens at Chrysalis?
You will spend three days with other young people in worship, prayer, fellowship, recreation, singing and discussion. You will experience the love of Christ through the prayers and acts of service of a loving support community. You will hear talks given by youth and adults. The talks focus on the needs of maturing youth and offer the message of the Gospel and the friendship and example of Jesus Christ. Five talks are given each day followed by discussion and reflection on how these messages can be helpful to your personal faith. You will explore how this friendship with Jesus can help you live your faith with family, friends, and community.
What happens after Chrysalis?
Following the three-day retreat, you are invited to become intentional about your faith through local church participation, small group studies, and interpersonal sharing groups that provide the fellowship and support for giving love to a needful world. You are invited to RISE TO A NEW DAY, every day.
Purpose of Chrysalis
The focus of CHRYSALIS is commitment to Jesus Christ through the local church. The objective of Chrysalis is to inspire, challenge, and equip local church youth for a closer friendship with Christ and for Christian action at home, church, school, and in the community. CHRYSALIS lifts up a way for you to be a friend of Christ in the world.
CHRYSALIS is open to young people from 16 to 22 years of age and of any denomination.
What Is Kairos?
Kairos is an officially adapted version of the Emmaus Walk, developed especially for presentation in a correctional Institution, for Prison inmates.
Kairos (God's special time), usually held from Tuesday to Friday inside the correctional institution, is on the move in NSW, with requests coming from many parts of the state, with eight events planned for 1998. Queensland is also currently working towards introducing Kairos into their state in the near future.
Cursillo, Chrysalis, TresDias, Kairos, Alarga and Via deCristo are all versions of the Emmaus Walk.