What is Cursillo ?
The National Episcopal Cursillo explains it this way:
Cursillo is a movement of the church. Its purpose is to help those in the church understand their individual callings to be Christian Leaders. The leadership may be exercised in work situations, in the family and social life, in leisure activities, and within the Church environment. Leadership, in Cursillo, does not mean power over others, but influence on others; all of us need to be aware that we can exert a positive influence on those around us.
What is the Goal of Cursillo?
The goal of Cursillo is the goal of the Church: to bring all to Christ. This is done when informed, trained leaders set out with the support of others having a similar commitment.
What does Cursillo do?
It helps to renew and deepen Christian commitment. Cursillo is one of many renewal movements. Many people have said Cursillo provides an important learning experience which causes many to feel like newly made Christians with a purpose and with support.
The Three-Day Weekend
The Cursillo weekend brings together a diverse group of Episcopalians to share the richness of many modes of worship and to broaden each one's appreciation for our Church. Lay people conduct the weekend with two or three members of the clergy functioning as spiritual advisors. Cursillo presumes that those who attend are already well grounded in the faith. It is not 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
Why Should I Go On a Cursillo Weekend?
Most people ask: Why do I need to go on a Cursillo weekend? I am a Christian, I go to church every week, I read the bible, I have a busy life going on, with work, church activities and family. I just do not have time to take a weekend off to go. My answer to those who ask this is: no matter where you are in your Christian journey,
You need this weekend. This weekend is about YOU AND GOD. Think of it as a long needed vacation with your Savior. This is a time to be away from all the distractions of everyday life. A time for yourself, time to pray and to unload all the junk that weighs you down. This is a time to learn about the tools that will help you to have a closer relationship with your Lord. We all know that our lives are filled with activities that distract us from our Lord. We know that family is important. If we are to take care of our families, we must take care of ourselves first. Sometimes we need to take time for our-selves to become healthy both in our bodies and our spiritual well-being. The weekend will give you that time to reflect on what is important in your life. You will have time to talk with other men and women about their challenges in their Christian journey. Most importantly, you will have the time to pray and listen to your Lord.
From ALBANY EPISCOPAL CURSILLO NEWSLETTER by Barb Mitchell
A Prayer for our Cursillo Movement
Dear Heavenly Father, we come before you seeking guidance and wisdom as we strive to strengthen our Cursillo Movement. We ask you to bless our diversity, to bind us together by your love in the unity of the Holy Spirit, to guide our hearts in our Fourth Day and to empower us to be faithful to this ministry of servant-hood.
Guide our thoughts, inhabit our hearts, give us discernment, and open our eyes to your presence Lord. We pray that in a rainbow of unity, we can use our gifts your honor and glory. We give you thanks for all our blessings and the opportunity given to us to share in your name with love and joy. Amen.
Co- Representatives for Holy Sacrament Church