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History of Emmaus

Originating in Spain in the late 1940s, Cursillo moved to America in the 1950s. It was primary a Roman Catholic movement until the 1970s. 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 the world.

Emmaus is open to members of any denomination.

Are You Interested?

We invite you to join in a refreshing weekend spent meeting Jesus as He comes to you through other Christians. For more information on Emmaus contact: Cathy Flynn - Registrar