A deacon and a bishop reflect on Cursillo
Why go to Cursillo? Here are two reflections on the lasting impact of Cursillo on lives of lay and ordained alike.
The Rev. Tracie Middleton, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Hurst
I’m grateful for the opportunities Cursillo provides for meeting and getting to know people across the diocese and the wider Church. Intentionally carving out an entire weekend for seeking God’s purposes is bound to benefit your spiritual life, especially in the context of a supportive community that has come together around that goal. Every time I’ve participated in a Cursillo, whether the first time as a participant (Cursillo #193, Diocese of Texas) or subsequent times as a member of a team, I’ve had the opportunity to grow closer to God and make new friendships that continue to support that growth.
When I attended Cursillo (#13, Diocese of West Texas) in 1973, this renewal movement was really new to the Episcopal Church and a bit suspect – too much like Rome! Our bishop said it was a good thing and encouraged clergy and laity to attend. I attended and took three other couples with me for the weekend. For the laity, it was one of the most transformational things the church had ever offered. Every congregation I have served, I have had a good number of the laity attend a Cursillo weekend and the results speak for themselves: more consistent prayer life, regular Bible study, and the building up of lay leaders in the congregation. While in East Texas, I saw how Cursillo enables smaller congregations to nurture lay folks into leaders in all areas of the church and in the community. I tell folks, you learn some new things about the church and your faith, you laugh a lot, and spiritually you are refreshed and renewed. As you can see, I have been a great fan and big supporter of Cursillo since 1973.