What is the Walk to Emmaus?
The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. The program'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."
What is the theological basis for the Walk to Emmaus?
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.
Where did Walk to Emmaus originate?
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.”
Where did the name for Walk to Emmaus come from?
The Walk to Emmaus® gets its name from the story in Luke 24:13-35, which provides the central image for the three-day experience and follow-up.
How much does it cost?
The cost varies based on the location and facilites ($180-$210), which includes all meals from Thursday evening through Sunday lunch, as well as dorm-style sleeping accommodations. Scholarships are available upon request.
Where are the Walks held?
Walks to Emmaus hosted by the Dallas Emmaus Community are held at:
How can I attend a Walk?
To get involved in Emmaus, each person must have a sponsor who has already attended a Walk to Emmaus him- or herself. If you have a friend who has been to Emmaus, ask your friend to tell you about his or her experience with the program. Your friend can help you decide whether or not you would find an Emmaus experience helpful. If you don't know anyone who has been to Emmaus, contact the Community Lay Director for the Dallas Emmaus Community and ask him or her to help you consider attending Emmaus and finding a sponsor.
What happens on a Walk to Emmaus?
The core of the walk is a series of fifteen short talks that are given by lay and clergy on various topics related to God's grace, Christian discipleship, and the true meaning of being part of the "body of Christ".
Can my spouse and I attend the same walk?
The "Walk to Emmaus" is not co-ed. Men and women attend separate retreats.
What makes the Walk to Emmaus different from other spiritual retreats?
Unlike most other retreats that are meant to be attended more than once, the Walk to Emmaus is a "once in a lifetime" experience.
When do the walks start and end?
Walks start with a potluck dinner at 6:30pm on Thursday, and end on Sunday afternoon at around 5:30pm.
Who do I contact with a web page or forum problem?
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