DaySpring Emmaus of Southern Indiana
Monday, December 18, 2017
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Our History

History of the Walk to Emmaus?
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."  The original Cursillo leaders designed the program to empower persons to transform their living and working environments into Christian environments.   During the 1960s and 1970s, the Episcopalians and Lutherans, along with several nondenominational groups, such as Tres Dias, began to offer Cursillo.  In 1978, The Upper Room of the General Board of Discipleship adapted the program for a primarily Protestant audience and began to offer it under the name The Upper Room Cursillo.   In 1981, The Upper Room made further adaptations and changed the name of the program to The Upper Room Walk to Emmaus.  In 1984, The Upper Room developed a youth expression of Emmaus called Chrysalis.
Excerpted with permission from What Is Emmaus? by Stephen D. Bryant.   Copyright © 1995 by The Upper Room.

History of the DaySpring Emmaus Community
The DaySpring Emmaus Community was born from the Lousville Emmaus Community in the mid 1980s.   As the metro Louisville Emmaus Community grew, there were an increasing number of southern Indiana members.  This small group pulled together and established the DaySpring Emmaus Community, which has over 5,000 members to date.
Deuteronomy 28:9
9 The LORD will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the LORD your God and walk in his ways.