Cursillo Weekend for All Adults

2021 Cursillo Weekend

A Cursillo weekend brings together a diverse group of participants and team members, from throughout the congregations of the Diocese of Oregon (and some from southwest Washington) for three days of listening, learning, singing, praying, sharing, eating, and laughing. What is experienced on the weekend then serves as a springboard to a life of ongoing spiritual development, in the company of others, and as an inspiration for a life of reaching out to the world with the love of Jesus Christ (known as the Fourth Day). Many are empowered to take on leadership roles in their congregations and ministry interests. Gatherings of Cursillo participants and friends are held around the Diocese, and are referred to as Group Reunions and Ultreyas (a Spanish term of encouragement).

What people take away from Cursillo weekends and group participation is often a new-found ability to talk openly and easily about what God is doing in their lives, and what they are doing to build up the Kingdom of God. And the confidence to share both the joys and the troubles of their lives. These are often made easier when people are actually experiencing being loved by God and by their fellow believers. As one participant put it, “Before my Cursillo, I was pretty sure God loved me, but I wasn’t too sure about the rest of you. Now I know both for sure.” And others find that Cursillo reminds them that God loves laughter, including one woman who exclaimed that she had more fun at Cursillo than she did on her honeymoon.

For more information, see www.oregon-cursillo.orgThe next adult Cursillo is open to all genders and will take place Thursday, September 10 to Sunday, September 13, to be held at Oregon Christian Convention Center in Turner, just outside Salem. If you would like to attend, contact your clergy for more information, or email oregoncursillo@gmail.com.

2021 Cursillo Weekend

An Episcopal Cursillo weekend will be held Thursday evening, September 9 – Sunday afternoon, September 12, 2021 at the Oregon Christian Convention Center in Turner (just outside Salem). 

Cursillo is a ministry of The Episcopal Church. It is designed to give participants a lived experience of the love of God and the love of the Christian community.

Many report that Cursillo wonderfully deepens their faith, empowers their ministry to others, and continues to nourish their spiritual lives. 

There is no charge to attend, and we will help you find someone to step you through the process.  Simply email oregoncursillo@gmail.com or call Kevin Mallon at 503-682-2020. 

Those interested in sponsoring someone to attend or working on team can find information at www.oregon-cursillo.org.

Ultreya Gathering for Cursillo

Oregon and SW Washington Episcopal Cursillo Ministry will host an Ultreya Gathering on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., for all members of the Cursillo Community and all those interested in Cursillo. There will be prayer, singing, laughter, and sharing. Bring a friend and finger food to share. St. Paul’s – Salem will host.

Ultreya (Fall 2019)

ULTREYA

A gathering of Cursillistas and all those interested in attending a Cursillo Weekend.

Come join us for a time of joy-filled singing, fellowship, group reunion, and Holy Eucharist.

Sunday, November 3, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
St. Luke’s, Grants Pas
224 NW “D” Street
Grants Pass, OR 97536

RSVP Contact: the Rev. Anne Abdy, 541-294-0019

September 2019 Ultreya

the word "ultreya" in rainbow colors

A gathering of Cursillistas and all those interested in attending a Cursillo Weekend.

Come join us for a time of joy-filled singing, fellowship, group reunion, and Holy Eucharist.

Date:
Sunday, September 8th, 2019

Where:
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
224 NW “D” Street
Grants Pass, OR 97526

Time:
2:00 – 4:00 pm

RSVP or questions Contact: Rev. Anne Abdy (541-294-0019)

Cursillo: April 2019

a drawing in silver of the outline of a fish filled in with a rainbow with the word "cursillo" beneath it

What is Cursillo?

Cursillo (pronounced “cur see’ yo”) is a movement within the Episcopal Church which offers a method for Christian living, provides a core-group who are actively involved in bringing the Gospel to their environment, and helps Christian people discover and achieve their personal calling as a follower of Christ.

The three day experience is the passageway into the movement. It is an in-depth study of our sacramentally oriented Episcopal Church and living the Christian faith. It is a concentrated and intensive time of discovery, especially in the area of Christian community, support, and the great love and joy that this community shares. Cursillo is a powerfully spiritual and educational experience intended to equip each person with the basic foundation to do Christ’s work in the world. It is intended to be shared.

Cursillo is:

* A movement within the Episcopal Church

* A Way of Life

* A loving, growing community

The Three Day experience is:

* person-centered

* a gift of love to you

* worship, study, fellowship

* a short course in Christianity

It is not a therapy group or Confirmation instruction.

Is it a retreat?

The “retreat” portion of the Cursillo lasts only from the opening night until after worship the following morning, during which time silence is kept. Thereafter, the basic teachings of Christ are discussed in an atmosphere of joy, singing, and fun.

What is the format?

The Cursillo is a blend of seriousness and light-heartedness, of spiritual exercises and talks by lay people and clergy. Spiritual exercises include daily Eucharist, Morning and Evening Prayer, and other devotions.  But these words fail to convey the experience of Cursillo, much like trying to use words to describe music can never replace the experience of actually hearing the music.

Since the three day weekend is the passageway into the movement, you will make a Cursillo only once. You may come back to help present it to others. You are expected to build upon this foundation for the rest of your life.

Form and shape:

* Three days and three evenings are spent “making your Cursillo.”

* A month later there is a one-day gathering of participants and sponsors on a Saturday  (called Cursillo Beyond) to refresh your  memory about the event.

* For the rest of your life (your Fourth Day) we hope you will meet regularly with others who are in the movement for support, sharing, learning and fun.

Accommodations:

Cursillistas (those who attend a Cursillo weekend) come from all walks of life and grow close to one another during the Cursillo weekend. They pray, listen, discuss, eat, sleep, sing, and share laughter in a family atmosphere. Furnishings may not be exactly like a first-class hotel, but a spirit of fellowship makes them adequate. There is plenty of good food available, and every care is taken to make everyone as comfortable as possible.

Cost:

This money is not raised in the usual manner by charging tuition.  When you make your Cursillo, your cost will have already been paid by the donations of others who have gone before you.

Sponsors:

Every candidate for Cursillo needs to have two sponsors. One is your Parish Priest or Pastor. The other is a lay person, preferably a close friend, who has made a Cursillo. Both are to sign a sponsor application.

Who makes a Cursillo?

If you are a baptized Christian twenty-one or older, you may attend a Cursillo. You may apply by giving your completed application to a friend who has been to Cursillo who will serve as your lay sponsor. Your sponsor’s role is to help you prepare for the experience and to share your Fourth Day.

The Cursillo weekend is a delightful time. Most people’s lives are changed as a result; so of course, it is a time of physical and emotional stretching. Therefore, persons with serious physical or emotional problems should defer attending until they are stronger.

Learn more about the 2019 Cursillo weekend, April 4-7.

Cursillo Weekend for All Adults

What is Cursillo?

Cursillo (pronounced “cur see’ yo”) is a movement within the Episcopal Church which offers a method for Christian living, provides a core-group who are actively involved in bringing the Gospel to their environment, and helps Christian people discover and achieve their personal calling as a follower of Christ.

The three day experience is the passageway into the movement. It is an in-depth study of our sacramentally oriented Episcopal Church and living the Christian faith. It is a concentrated and intensive time of discovery, especially in the area of Christian community, support, and the great love and joy that this community shares. Cursillo is a powerfully spiritual and educational experience intended to equip each person with the basic foundation to do Christ’s work in the world. It is intended to be shared.

Cursillo is:

* A movement within the Episcopal Church

* A Way of Life

* A loving, growing community

The Three Day experience is:

* person-centered

* a gift of love to you

* worship, study, fellowship

* a short course in Christianity

It is not a therapy group or Confirmation instruction.

Is it a retreat?

The “retreat” portion of the Cursillo lasts only from the opening night until after worship the following morning, during which time silence is kept. Thereafter, the basic teachings of Christ are discussed in an atmosphere of joy, singing, and fun.

What is the format?

The Cursillo is a blend of seriousness and light-heartedness, of spiritual exercises and talks by lay people and clergy. Spiritual exercises include daily Eucharist, Morning and Evening Prayer, and other devotions.  But these words fail to convey the experience of Cursillo, much like trying to use words to describe music can never replace the experience of actually hearing the music.

Since the three day weekend is the passageway into the movement, you will make a Cursillo only once. You may come back to help present it to others. You are expected to build upon this foundation for the rest of your life.

Form and shape:

* Three days and three evenings are spent “making your Cursillo.”

* A month later there is a one-day gathering of participants and sponsors on a Saturday  (called Cursillo Beyond) to refresh your  memory about the event.

* For the rest of your life (your Fourth Day) we hope you will meet regularly with others who are in the movement for support, sharing, learning and fun.

Accommodations:

Cursillistas (those who attend a Cursillo weekend) come from all walks of life and grow close to one another during the Cursillo weekend. They pray, listen, discuss, eat, sleep, sing, and share laughter in a family atmosphere. Furnishings may not be exactly like a first-class hotel, but a spirit of fellowship makes them adequate. There is plenty of good food available, and every care is taken to make everyone as comfortable as possible.

Cost:

This money is not raised in the usual manner by charging tuition.  When you make your Cursillo, your cost will have already been paid by the donations of others who have gone before you.

Sponsors:

Every candidate for Cursillo needs to have two sponsors. One is your Parish Priest or Pastor. The other is a lay person, preferably a close friend, who has made a Cursillo. Both are to sign a sponsor application.

Who makes a Cursillo?

If you are a baptized Christian twenty-one or older, you may attend a Cursillo. You may apply by giving your completed application to a friend who has been to Cursillo who will serve as your lay sponsor. Your sponsor’s role is to help you prepare for the experience and to share your Fourth Day.

The Cursillo weekend is a delightful time. Most people’s lives are changed as a result; so of course, it is a time of physical and emotional stretching. Therefore, persons with serious physical or emotional problems should defer attending until they are stronger.

For more information, contact your clergy or visit www.oregon-cursillo.org

Grand Ultreya Gathering

Oregon and SW Washington Episcopal Cursillo Ministry will host a Grand Ultreya Gathering on Sunday, January 21 at 2pm, for all members of the Cursillo Community and all those interested in Cursillo. There will be prayer, singing, laughter, and fellowship. Bring a friend and finger food to share. Church of the Good Shepherd, 805 SE Ellsworth Road, Vancouver, WA 97045 will host.