May we link our Emmaus/Chrysalis community's site to The Upper Room's site?
It is no problem for communities to link with us and even to use our graphics to facilitate their link.
What is the History of the Walk to Emmaus and Chrysalis?
The Walk to Emmaus is an adaptation of the Roman Catholic Cursillo (pronounced cur-SEE-o) Movement, which originated in Spain in 1949. Cursillo de Cristianidad means "little course in Christianity." The original Cursillo leaders designed the program to empower persons to transform their living and working environments into Christian environments. During the 1960s and 1970s, the Episcopalians and Lutherans, along with several nondenominational groups, such as Tres Dias, began to offer Cursillo. In 1978, The Upper Room of the General Board of Discipleship adapted the program for a primarily Protestant audience and began to offer it under the name The Upper Room Cursillo. In 1981, The Upper Room made further adaptations and changed the name of the program to The Upper Room Walk to Emmaus. In 1984, The Upper Room developed a youth expression of Emmaus called Chrysalis.
—from What Is Emmaus? Copyright The Upper Room.
What is Chrysalis?
Chrysalis "Flights" (for 10th through 12th graders) and "Journeys" (for young adults, ages 19-24) are three-day events. This three-day spiritual renewal time provides an opportunity for you to learn more about faith, to experience Christian love and support, and to make new faith commitments. The point is to inspire, challenge and equip you for a closer friendship with Christ and for Christian action at home, church, school, and community.
Chrysalis lifts up a way for you to enjoy Christ's friendship and love and to be Christ's friend and partner in the world. The three days focus on God's grace, your experience with Christ as friend, what it means to be the body of Christ, and giving love to a needy world.
Does The Upper Room help Emmaus/Chrysalis communities set up web pages?
No, we here at The Upper Room are not able to give technical support for setting up web pages.
[Note: United Methodist related groups can get free web space from the General Board of Global Ministries (http://www.gbgm-umc.org).]
What is the structure and organization of the Walk to Emmaus and Chrysalis
Although this text refers to Emmaus, it is equally true for Chrysalis:
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.
—from The Upper Room Handbook on Emmaus, Copyright The Upper Room.
May we reprint articles from the Chrysalis International Newsletter?
You can reprint articles from the International Newsletter as needed. We are always glad that you find the articles helpful. Simply acknowledge with this permission line: "Reprinted from the Chrysalis® International Newsletter, [date of newsletter]. Used with permission."
Where can I buy Emmaus products?
Please see our Approved Vendors listing on the Resources Page