About Us - what is emmaus & chrysalis?


A Journey with Christ The Gospel of St. Luke relates the story of the risen Christ appearing to two men who were going along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. They were walking together, sharing their hearts' deepest concerns. The 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 experience on the road was a heart-warming experience as the risen Christ walked and talked with them. The illuminating climax of the experience was when Christ took bread and said the blessing, then broke it and gave it to them. The two had their eyes opened and they recognized him as the risen Christ and they rushed back to Jerusalem to tell the others. (Luke 24: 13-35)

What Happens at Emmaus? The "Walk to Emmaus" is a 72-hour experience. The weekend begins on Thursday evening and ends Sunday evening. At Emmaus you will spend three busy but very enjoyable days, usually at a retreat center. You will live and study together in singing, prayer, worship and discussion. Discussions center around fifteen talks given by 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. You'll also discover how grace is real in your life, and how you can live in the life of grace, bringing grace to others. You will have the opportunity to participate in the daily celebration of Holy Communion, and to begin to understand more fully the presence of Christ in his body of believers. You will experience God's grace personally through the prayers and acts of service of a living support community.

What Happens After Emmaus? Originating in Spain in the late 1940s, Cursillo moved to Americain the late 1950s. It was primarily a Roman Catholic movement until the l970s. As Catholic centers started accepting applications from Protestants, 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 Cursillo Community in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1981, by mutual agreement between the National Secretariat of the Roman Catholic Cursillo movement and The Upper Room, the name of the Nashville Protestant community was changed to Emmaus. The Emmaus movement is ecumenical.

Purpose of Emmaus 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 to inspire, challenge, and equip local church members for Christian action in their homes, churches, and places of work. Emmaus lifts up a way for our grace-filled life to be lived and shared with others.

Who Should Go To Emmaus? Emmaus is for the development of Christian leaders who:
-Wish to strengthen their spiritual lives;
-May have unanswered questions about prayer, study, and sharing their faith;
-Understand that being a Christian involves responsibility;
-Are willing to dedicate their everyday lives to God in an ongoing manner;
-Have positions of responsibility in the church and in the world.
Emmaus is open to members of any denomination.

Experience the Walk to Emmaus The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with a 72-hour short course in Christianity, comprised of 15 talks by lay and clergy on the themes of God’s grace, disciplines of Christian discipleship, and what it means to be the church. The course is wrapped in prayer and meditation, special times of worship and daily celebration of Holy Communion
The “Emmaus community,” made up of those who have attended an Emmaus weekend, support the 72-hour experience with a prayer vigil, by preparing and serving meals, and other acts of love and self-giving. The Emmaus Walk typically begins Thursday evening and concludes Sunday evening. Men and women attend separate weekends.

Supporting one another in faithful living During and after the three days, Emmaus leaders encourage participants to meet regularly in small groups. The members of the small groups challenge and support one another in faithful living. Participants seek to Christianize their environments of family, job, and community through the ministry of their congregations. The three-day Emmaus experience and follow-up groups strengthen and renew Christian people as disciples of Jesus Christ and as active members of the body of Christ in mission to the world.

Structure and Organization The Walk to Emmaus® is grounded theologically and institutionally in The Upper Room ministry unit of the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church.

However, The Walk to Emmaus is ecumenical. The program invites and involves the participation of Christians of many denominations. Emmaus is ecumenical not only because members of many denominations participate, but because Emmaus seeks to foster Christian unity and to reinforce the whole Christian community. This is one of the great strengths and joys of the Emmaus movement.

The fact that Emmaus is ecumenical does not mean it is theologically indifferent. On the contrary, The Walk to Emmaus is designed to communicate with confidence and depth the essentials of the Christian life, while accentuating those features that Christians have traditionally held in common.

The Upper Room Walk to Emmaus is a tightly designed event that is conducted with discipline according to a manual that is universally standard. Emmaus is offered only with the permission and under the guidelines of The Upper Room. This ensures a proven format and a common experience that should be trustworthy from weekend to weekend wherever Emmaus is being offered.

Each community is administered locally through its local Board of Directors. The program is administered globally through the International Emmaus office in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

WHAT IS CHRYSALIS? 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 colors. This symbolizes   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 symbolizes faith   growth in the lives of high school and college aged young adults - the   spiritual growth that is necessary between adolescence and adulthood. It is a   crucial time of 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 the 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 friend in   the body of Christ, and how one is called into discipleship, giving love to a   needful world.
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 community. Chrysalis® lifts up a way for you to be a   friend of Christ in the world.
When   you go on a Flight, 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.
Chrysalis®   is for the development of Christian youth and young adults who:
*wish   to strengthen your friendship with Christ
*may   have unanswered questions about prayer, study, and sharing your faith
*understand   that being a friend of Christ, or Christian, involves responsibility
*are   open to dedicating your everyday life to God in an ongoing manner.
Chrysalis®   is open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors and college-aged   young adults of any denomination.