Episcopal Cursillo "TM"
At our Ultreya weekend Bishop Marty Stebbins shared the existence of "Episcopal Cursillo," which is trademarked by the national church. Cursillo is a Christian renewal program that originated in the Roman Catholic Church in Spain in the late 1940s. It has since spread to other Christian denominations, including the Episcopal Church. At one time the "Cursillo" movement was a program owned by the Catholic Church. To move forward the Episcopal Church created a trademark for "Episcopal Cursillo" clearing the way for Episcopal Diocese to have a path to continue with this life giving program. The goal of Episcopal Cursillo is to help participants deepen their faith and strengthen their commitment to serving others.
Sharing a vision
Bishop Marty shared her vision for bringing the Episcopal Cursillo program to the Diocese of Montana. She believed that the Episcopal Cursillo could help revitalize the faith of Episcopalians in the diocese and create a community of committed Christian leaders who would serve the church and the world.
To make her vision a reality, Bishop Marty empowered a leaders team, known as a secretariat, to begin work on bringing Cursillo to the diocese by 2024. The secretariat is responsible for planning and implementing Cursillo weekends, which are three-day retreats that include talks, group discussions, worship, and fellowship. The secretariat is also responsible for training and supporting the team of laypeople who will lead future Cursillo weekends.
The current members of the leadership team are:
Spiritual Leaders, Doug and Judy Anderson
Lay Leaders include (and are not limited to)
Frank Pickett (temporary chair), David and Geri Campbell, Nancy Shively, Kathy Johnson and others who will be named soon. These individuals will be working hard to lay the foundation for the Episcopal Cursillo program in the diocese. If you are interested in getting involved with Cursillo in the Episcopal Diocese of Montana, please reach out to one of the members of the secretariat for more information.