EOPC #28 is October 19-22, 2017 at Dwight Mission. For more information, or to print the Cursillo brochure and application, go to the Cursillo website, www.eopcursillo.org.
Cursillo: Three Days of Reflection, A World of Difference
What is Cursillo?
Presbyterian Cursillo (cur-SEE-oh) is designed for members of the Presbyterian Church who seek growth in their faith and greater commitment to their Christian community. The goal of Cursillo is to guide participants into an ever closer and more personal relationship with Christ, to heighten their joy, deepen their faith, and invigorate their life in Christ so they can make a difference in the environment in which they live. The word cursillo means “short course.” This retreat is a “short course” toward experiencing a vibrant Christian life.
What can I expect?
The weekend is centered around talks on different aspects of the Christian life. The weekend is filled with worship, singing and other fun activities. The experience is enjoyable, thought-provoking, welcoming, and relational. Specific talks are given each day to highlight the day’s theme.
- Liberation – understanding obstacles that keep us from a full life in Christ
- Christ – encountering Jesus, our living Lord, anew
- Christian Life – inspiring and equipping us to follow Christ and make a difference in our world
- Perseverance – deepening our determination and commitment
How Is It Structured? You will have an opportunity to listen and learn, to relax free from the distractions of the world, and to reflect on your own faith and relationship with God. You will not be expected to answer questions, give any speeches, or be made to feel uncomfortable.
Cursillo is an ongoing worldwide spiritual renewal movement intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. The movement’s approach seriously considers the model of Christ’s servanthood and encourages Christ’s disciples to act in ways appropriate to being “a servant of all.”
The Cursillo experience is a 72-hour “short course” in Christianity, comprised of fifteen talks by lay and clergy on the themes noted above to help us understand God’s grace, disciplines of Christian discipleship, and what it means to be the church. The course is wrapped in prayer, meditation, and daily Holy Communion. The “Cursillo community,” made up of those who have attended a Cursillo retreat, support the 72-hour experience with a prayer vigil, by attending to participant needs, serving meals, and other acts of love and self-giving. The Cursillo “short course” typically begins Thursday evening and concludes Sunday afternoon.