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What is Chrysalis?

     Chrysalis "Flights" (for 10th through 12th graders) 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.

Who should go to Chrysalis ?

      Chrysalis is Open to members of any Christian denomination. Chrysalis is for the development of Christian leaders who:

1.      Have a desire to strengthen their spiritual lives

2.      May have unanswered questions about their faith

3.      Understand that being a Christian involves responsibility

4.      Are willing to dedicate their everyday lives to God in an ongoing manner

What happens on the Chrysalis Weekend?

     You will enjoy three days of singing, learning, laughing, worshiping, reflecting, praying and participating in small groups. Discussions center around fifteen talks given by youth and adult laity and clergy. These talks present the theme of Godís grace, how that grace comes alive in the Christian community and how it is expressed in the world. Youíll also discover how grace is real in your life, how you live a life of grace, and how you bring that grace to others.

     You will have the opportunity to participate in the daily celebration of Holy Communion and to understand more fully the body of Christ. You will experience Godís grace through the prayers and acts of anonymous service offered by the Chrysalis community. You will leave with an experience of Christian love in action that will equip you for new levels of grace-filled service and leadership.

What Happens After the Chrysalis Weekend?

You are invited to have a closer walk with Christ for the rest of your life; this is called the Fourth Day.
Those who attend a Chrysalis Weekend are encouraged to:

To nurture this process of discipleship, the Chrysalis movement offers specific opportunities. First, groups of four to six people meet weekly to reflect on their spiritual journey and encourage one another in accountable discipleship. Second, there are monthly community gatherings where Chrysalis participants meet for fellowship, worship and instruction. Third, community members are regularly informed of the support needs of upcoming Chrysalis weekends, and other opportunities for servant leadership.

Chrysalis is a Journey with Christ

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here! - 2 Cor. 5:17

A Chrysalis weekend is an experience of Christian spiritual renewal and formation that begins with a three-day short course in Christianity. It is an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ in a new way as Godís grace and love is revealed to you through other believers.

The Chrysalis experience begins with the prayerful discernment and invitation from a sponsor. After one accepts this invitation they complete an application. The Chrysalis leaders prayerfully consider each applicant and in Godís time, the person is invited to attend a three-day experience of New Testament Christianity as a lifestyle.

Following the three-day experience, participants are joined in small groups to support each other in their ongoing walk with Christ. Through the formational process of accountable discipleship in small groups and participation in the Chrysalis community, each participantís individual gifts and servant-leadership skills are developed for use in the local church and its mission. Participants are encouraged to find ways to live out their individual call to discipleship in their home, church, and community.

The objective of Chrysalis is to inspire, challenge, and equip the local church members for Christian action in their homes, churches, communities and places of work. Chrysalis lifts up a way for our grace-filled lives to be lived and shared with others.

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 Emmausģ 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 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.


ófrom What Is Emmaus? Copyright The Upper Room. "Reprinted from the Chrysalisģ International Newsletter, Used with permission."

 




 

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