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“But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. And His gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.”   Ephesians 4:7, 11-12
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What is Cursillo? An opportunity to grow in faith and in spirituality A deeper understanding of the teachings of Jesus and how we can serve Him. An experience of living and sharing with others in a loving and caring Christian community and realizing that this can be extended into our own environment A continuing community that gives support and encouragement to help Christians carry out their Baptismal Vows.
The Weekend: Cursillo includes a three-day weekend that begins on Thursday evening and concludes on Sunday. The weekend includes fifteen talks, five meditations and a Eucharist every day.  The Cursillo weekend is not a retreat, but an opportunity to meet clergy and laity seeking to strengthen our faith. It provides an environment to experience the reality of the gift of God’s love through shared prayer, individual meditation, worship, study, fellowship, laughter, tears, and unconditional love.  After the Weekend: Each person returning from a weekend is encouraged to join in the activities “the Fourth Day” Community. The purpose of this community is to give strength and support to each other as we grow in faith and develop our unique gifts of ministry. What’s expected of participants? To be open and willing to respond to what you experience, to share your feelings with others, and allow them to share theirs with you. To make a genuine effort to discover where you are and where or how you can grow in your Christian life. To feel secure in the knowledge that you are accepted where you are and as you are, and to know that a specific response is not expected of you. What is Episcopal Cursillo Ministry? Episcopal Cursillo Ministry, through the Episcopal Cursillo Ministry Committee, guides the work of Episcopal Diocesan Cursillo ministries in the USA and other locations.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF CURSILLO The first Cursillos developed in the Roman Catholic Church in Mallorca, Spain, in the late 1940s. Under the leadership of their bishop, several laymen began to formulate a way to draw active laymen into the work of "Christianizing" the everyday life settings where they lived. Eventually, the Cursillo Method found interested parties in the United States. The first Cursillo Three-Day Weekend in the United States was held in Waco, Texas, in 1957. At first, these were still held in the Spanish language, and were available only to Roman Catholics. The first English speaking weekend was in 1961 in San Angelo, Texas. In time a few Episcopalians were invited to participate in the weekends. The first official Three-Day Weekend in the Episcopal Church was conducted with help from Roman Catholic sponsors in the Diocese of Iowa in 1970. Soon, weekends were being held in various parts of the country. The first Episcopal Cursillo Ministry Seminar was held in 1975 in the Diocese of Dallas. The Episcopal Cursillo Ministry Committee was formed in Atlanta in 1979. A common aspect of the history of Cursillo shared by both Roman Catholics and Episcopalians was the fascination with the Three-Day Weekends. For this reason, in many places the Cursillo name was associated only with such weekend experiences. However, deeper study revealed that the Cursillo Method involved much more than just "putting on weekends." This has caused considerable development within both ecclesial communities, resulting in a better appreciation for what Cursillo is and a sharper, clearer understanding of how to apply the Cursillo Method -- philosophically and practically. Today, that development is proceeding. Such development is characterized by a return to the roots of the movement, and a more comprehensive attempt to define the purpose of the movement in simple, cohesive terms. Cursillo is emerging as a mature instrument in the hands of committed clergy and lay Christians to empower the "ministry of the laity."
More about Episcopal Cursillo The Three-Day Weekend: We bring together a diverse group of Episcopalians to share the richness of many modes of worship and broaden our appreciation for our Church. Lay people conduct the weekend with two or three clergy members as spiritual advisors. Cursillo presumes that those who attend are already well grounded in the faith. It isn’t intended to be a conversion experience, but an enriching and deepening of what is already there. It often provides new insights into our faith as well as fostering ministry among lay people. The weekend begins Thursday evening spent in the Chapel with meditations and discussions. Then blessed silence is kept until after the worship on Friday morning. After breakfast participants are assigned to table/family groups for the weekend. The three days are filled with talks and group discussions with emphasis on the doctrine of Grace, the Sacraments, and the great Cursillo tripod: Piety, Study, and Action. Plus there is fellowship, singing, good food, and time for privacy, meditation, prayer, and walks. We celebrate Eucharist each day. Fourth Day: The Cursillo weekend isn’t an end to itself.  It’s a starting point for the rest of our lives, and a springboard to a long- range practice of our Baptismal Covenant in the life of the Church. The Fourth Day is composed of three major elements: Group Reunion, the heart of Cursillo, is a small group of friends (usually 3-5) who meet weekly, and who hold each other accountable for their spiritual journey. We report on piety, study, and apostolic action. A bonding develops that can become a strong support group for life. Ultreyas, usually held monthly, are a "reunion of the reunions." They support and build community, allowing us to share communal experiences. Spiritual Direction, an important element in the Cursillo ministry, is a commitment to seek skilled lay or clergy help in deepening our union with Christ. Are there Cursillo Secrets? You may have been told by some who have attended the weekend that they can't tell you what Cursillo is all about or what goes on during a weekend. This is not true! Everything that goes on during the weekend may be told to anyone. Cursillo literature is available to anyone.  Want more information?  For information within your Diocese, call or write your Diocese. For further information about the Episcopal Cursillo movement in the United States, contact your Episcopal Cursillo Ministry representative or the Episcopal Cursillo Ministry Committee.