What Is the "Walk to Emmaus"?


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The Walk to Emmaus is a process of spiritual rejuvenation during which Christians develop as both disciples and leaders. Its name comes from a story in the Gospel of Luke in which the resurrected Jesus appears to two of his disciples while they journey.

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What Is the "Walk to Emmaus"?
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The Walk to Emmaus begins with a three-day retreat during which participants learn about the Christian church, discipleship and the importance of discipleship from both clergy and lay speakers. Participants engage in prayer and reflection, and they celebrate Holy Communion every day. Former Emmaus participants staff the retreats, contributing to a sense of community.

Participants meet in small groups during the retreat, and they continue to do so afterward to continue the process of spiritual development. Emmaus retreats for men and women occur on separate weekends, and the retreats are ecumenical, attracting people of all denominations.

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