The Gospel of St. Luke relates the story of the risen Christ appearing to two men who were going along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus sharing their hearts’ deepest concerns. The risen Christ joined them and explained the scriptures as they walked; how it was ordained that Christ should suffer and to enter his glory. The illuminating climax of this heart warming experience was when Christ took bread and said the blessing. The two had their eyes opened and they recognized him as the risen Christ and they rushed back to Jerusalem to tell the others. (from Luke 24:13-35)
The Walk to Emmaus is grounded theologically and institutionally in The Upper Room ministry of the United Methodist Church. However, The Walk to Emmaus is ecumenical.
What is Walk to Emmaus?
The Walk to Emmaus is a three-day spiritual experience which takes a New Testament look at Christianity as a lifestyle. The Walk begins Thursday evening and concludes Sunday evening. The weekend is designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people, and through them, their families, congregations and the world in which they live. Emmaus is a combined effort of laity and clergy toward the renewal of the church. You will have the opportunity to participate in the daily celebration of Holy Communion and to begin to understand, more fully, the presence of Christ in his body of believers. You will experience God’s grace through the prayers and acts of service of a living support community.
The objective of Emmaus is to inspire, challenge, and equip local church members for Christian action in their homes, churches, and places of work. Emmaus lifts up a way for our grace-filled life to be lived and shared with others.
Who should go on a Walk to Emmaus?
- Those who wish to strengthen their spiritual lives
- Those who have unanswered questions about prayer, study, and sharing their faith
- Those who understand that being a Christian involves responsibility
- Those who are willing to dedicate their everyday life to God in an ongoing manner
- Those who have positions of responsibility in the church and in the world
All Walks are held at Camp Young Judaea near Wimberley and Scholarships are available.
If you are interested, FUMC has a community of Emmaus pilgrims that would be blessed to sponsor you on your walk. Please contact Teresa Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org or any of the many FUMC members who have been on a walk to discuss scheduling your pilgrimage. Anyone will be willing to help you get signed up. For more information about the Greater Austin Emmaus 4th Day Group, please visit http://austinemmaus.org or the national page at http://www.upperroom.org/emmaus.