A short course in Christianity

The next Cursillo weekend will be October 12-15, 2017, at Honey Creek.


The Cursillo Commission asked Thomas Barron of Darien to share his reflection on the experience:

 

In colors, in colors
Yes, black and white and red and blue and brown.
All the colors, colors
From people laughing, and shaking hands
All the colors, colors

From people who know freedom.

The above quote is taken from the Spanish folk song De Colores, a song that is intimately connected with the Cursillo movement. If you’ve been involved in the Episcopal Church for any length of time you’ve probably heard of Cursillo by now. Those who’ve attended in the past can attest to the collage of color that is expressed over the three-day weekend. Those who haven’t yet been to Cursillo may wonder what all the fuss is about.
I attended my first Cursillo last year and served on the team this past year at #119. Like many folks who’ve gone before me, I was hesitant to get involved. After all I’d seen these strange folks wearing their many colors, adorned in buttons, crosses, and rooster paraphernalia! To make matters worse, whenever I asked about the weekend, one would reply with an air of mischief, “You must see for yourself!”

What I saw and experienced in my heart was exactly what the song De Colores declares. In our culture so devoid of intimate connections, Cursillo gave me the opportunity to know and be known by others, to engage in relationships with people across the diocese. People from diverse backgrounds and spiritual experiences; people all seeking to know freedom together.

Cursillo simply responds to God’s command for us to love one another exactly as we are, to be accepted as family. Like any step taken on our spiritual journey, Cursillo demands from us a leap of faith, to taste and see for ourselves that the Lord is good. I can’t tell you what will happen because that is God’s gift to you. Yet I can promise that the divine will touch your life, and you too will see the colors from people who know freedom! De Colores!

Thomas Barron

St. Andrew’s and St. Cyrpian’s, Darien

 

A Group Photo from a Cursillo retreat weekend at Honey Creek

Cursillo (pronounced ‘kur-see-yo’) is a Spanish word meaning ‘little’ or ‘short course’. This is the name given to the Short Course in Christianity which first developed after World War II with Roman Catholic men. The short course has now been given to men and women around the world and in the process has assisted generations of Christians to more faithfully follow Jesus in their daily lives. There is no real secret here, just the basics of the faith with an emphasis on how would you like to live it out in your life.

Cursillo begins on a Thursday evening and ends the following Sunday evening. During those three days the participants engage in listening to talks given by priests and lay people, and small table discussion, while worshiping and playing together.

Format
The priests, who are the spiritual advisors for the weekend, and the lay people who make up the Cursillo team spend weeks working and praying together in preparation. The titles of the talks include topics like Grace, Laity in the Church, Piety, Study, Sacraments, Leaders, and Christian Community. It is important that you plan to stay for the full three days in order to appreciate the continuity that is building throughout the weekend.

The Fourth Day
The ‘after’ activity of the three-day Cursillo weekend is often called the ‘Fourth Day’, which is the rest of your life. A Cursillo weekend’s main purpose is to provide the tools for that daily Christian living. Most important in this is to create small groups of people willing to meet regularly (usually weekly) to hold one another accountable in an atmosphere of confidentiality where you can bear each others burdens and share each other’s joys.

Who Can Attend?
Any Episcopalian, twenty-one years of age or older, and whose priest has made or is making a Cursillo. Persons of other denomination may also attend if an Episcopal priest will sign for them.

Each Cursillo is held at the Georgia Episcopal Camp and Conference Center at Waverly, Georgia.

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