Cursillo is a movement of the church. Its purpose is to help those in the church understand their individual callings to be Christian Leaders. The leadership may be exercised in work situations, in the family and social life, in leisure activities, and within the Church environment. Leadership, in Cursillo, does not mean power over others, but influence on others; all of us need to be aware that we can exert a positive influence on those around us.
The goal of Cursillo is the goal of the Church: to bring all to Christ. This is done when informed, trained leaders set out with the support of others having a similar commitment. It helps to renew and deepen Christian commitment. Cursillo is one of many renewal movements. Many people have said Cursillo provides an important learning experience which causes many to feel like newly made Christians with a purpose and with support.
Cursillo is patterned on Jesus’ own example. He searched out and called a small group of potential leaders. He trained them by word and example and inspired them with a vision. He linked them together and sent them out into the world to bring the world to Him.
At St. Paul’s by the Sea, we have an active Cursillo community with over 80 parish members who have attended a Cursillo weekend. An Ultreya is a monthly gathering of Cursillistas for a Eucharist and pot-luck supper. We carpool around the first coast region of the diocese to Ultreyas. In addition, we have sponsored new candidates and had five men serve on a Cursillo team, including the rector, during the past year. Cursillo weekends take place at Camp Weed both in the fall and spring of every year. If you are interested in learning more about Cursillo, speak to any of our parish Cursillistas or Rev. Penny. Click here to learn more about the Episcopal Cursillo movement .
…But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. And His gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ… Ephesians 4:7, 11-12