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What is Emmaus in Melbourne?

You may be interested to know how the Walk to Emmaus started.
It grew out of a movement called Cursillo (pronounced core-see-oh) which began in the Catholic Church in Spain in 1949 as an instrument of spiritual renewal. Its full name - Cursillo de Christiandad - means a short course in Christianity. The original three day retreats were for clergy only and were conducted in the midst of a three day fast!!!
Once the blessings of this movement began to be fully appreciated it was opened to lay people as well. The movement spread to the USA in 1957 where it was received with enthusiasm by both the Catholic and Protestant Churches.
Initially, the Protestant participants all attended weekends that were organised and run by the Catholic Church. In 1981 a separate movement was established for Protestant church folk, to be known as The Walk to Emmaus. This was sponsored by The Upper Room, an agency of the United Methodist Church in the USA.
Elsewhere in the USA a similar movement began, called Tres Dias (Three Days). As these movements spread a special form of the weekend was developed for ministry in prisons. This is called Kairos (pronounced kigh-ross). Later, a form of the Walk for young people aged between 16 and 22 was developed and is called Chrysalis.
In 1984, the Reverend Robert Wood, at the invitation of the Upper Room Australia, brought a team of 32 Americans, most of whom paid their own fare and used their annual leave, to run the first Emmaus Walks in Australia. This team came from all over the USA, from both the Emmaus and Cursillo movements, and also included two Australians who made their pilgrim walk in the USA. These Walks to Emmaus were held in Otford NSW and were attended by 20 men and 33 women.
They were the first walks held outside of the USA.
In 1985, the Uniting Church became the official sponsor of the Australian Walk to Emmaus movement
The commitment to make the Emmaus movement an ecumenical tool of spiritual renewal for church leadership in Australia has constantly been emphasised. It is run and administered by lay people.
The Walk to Emmaus has grown rapidly in Australia and there are now 24 communities nationwide including at least one in every state and territory. This Melbourne community was started in 1993 and so far we've had over 1080 pilgrims attend a Walk and 1217 members of the team.
In 1987 a community was started in Brazil and two years later in Mexico. Now it is truly an international movement including communities in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, Estonia, Singapore, Russia, many European and Scandinavian countries and many other nations.
The Australian National Emmaus Executive established the Walk to Emmaus in New Zealand in 1998 and in 2008 the Sydney Emmaus Community ran the first Walks in Fiji.
The first Kairos weekend in Australia was held in Parramatta Prison in 1995 and has since been held in other prisons. A Kairos is now running in Fulham Correctional Centre, near Sale. There is now also Kairos Outside for Women which is held for those with loved ones in prison.  
We are indeed part of the big and diverse Body of Christ.
The Melbourne Community is very active and covers many people from diverse denominations and geographic parts of the State of Victoria.
There have been many works of the Holy Spirit as a result of the Emmaus movement and we are sure many more will come in the future.

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Australian Walks

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A ten minute video introduction to the Emmaus movement