About Emmaus

Several resources provide information about the history of the Emmaus movements and its relationship to Cursillo: The Walk to Emmaus Team Manual, Day Four:The Pilgrims's Continues Journey, What is Emmaus?, and The Early History of the Walk to Emmaus. In 1975 Danny Morris, director of Developing Ministries for the Upper Room, participated in a Lutheran Cursillo in Florida and recognized the need for an ecumenical offering of Cursillo. In 1976 Maxie Dunnam, the World Editor of The Upper Room, participated in a Cursillo weekend and, together with Danny Morris, began to take steps toward introducing Cursillo as an Upper Room program. Under the leadership of Reverend Robert Wood, the Upper Room's first two model Cursillo weekends were held in Peoria, Illinois, in 1977. In 1978 Re. Wood joined the staff of the Upper Room to launch the new Upper Room Cursillo movement.

In 1981, by mutual agreement with the National Secretariat of the Roman Catholic Church Cursillo, holder of the copyright to the Cursillo program, The Upper Room Cursillo became The Upper Room Walk to Emmaus. The primary issue involved in this action was The Upper Room's call to be an ecumenical movement. The National Cursillo Secretariat had established a policy limiting each denomination's expression of Cursillo to sponsorship of persons within its own denomination. The Upper Room reached an agreement with the National Secretariat to develop a new program based on Cursillo but with distinctive leadership resources. Further, The Upper Room agreed not to use the traditional Cursillo language derived from its Spanish origin. The Upper Room then developed The Walk to Emmaus design, talk outlines, and leadership manuals for use by an ecumenical, largely Protestant audience.

Our Community

Rainbow’s End Emmaus Community was formed in 1993. The community is a 501c(3) organization with the objective and mission to Unite, Inspire, Challenge and Equip members for Christian Action, as Disciples of Christ, in their homes, churches, places of work and communities through the Emmaus experience.

The Walk to Emmaus is a 72 hour experience. The weekend begins Thursday evening and ends Sunday evening. Three busy, but very enjoyable days, living and studying together, with singing, prayer, worship, and discussion. The discussions center around 15 talks given during the weekend by laity and clergy. These talks present the theme of God’s grace, and how that grace comes alive in the Christian community and expresses itself in the world. There is opportunity to participate daily in Holy Communion, and to begin to understand more fully the presence of Christ in His body of believers. Experiencing God’s grace personally through the prayers and acts of service of a living support community.

The community is affiliated with the International Emmaus Program of Upper Room Ministries, Nashville, Tennessee.


Community Lay Director: Brit David