A CHRYSALIS Weekend is a three day experience which takes a look at Christianity as a lifestyle. It is a highly structured weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of young Christians and, through them, all those with whom they come into contact. CHRYSALIS is an ecumenical, combined effort of laity and clergy toward renewal of the Church.
Those attending the weekend will spend three busy but enjoyable days living and sharing together in singing, prayer, worship and discussions centered around fifteen talks given by both laity and clergy. These talks present the theme of God’s grace and ho that grace comes alive in the Christian community and expresses itself in the world. CHRYSALIS is the growth stage between caterpillars and butterflies. While on the surface it may look like nothing is happening, the delicate process changes a caterpillar into a butterfly with wings and beautiful colors. This symbolizes that, through dying to self, Christ can transform us into new beings. Jesus Christ can transform us into something beautiful. We must open ourselves to Jesus for this transformation to occur.
Chrysalis is the name chosen for the Youth Walk to Emmaus because it symbolizes faith growth in the lives of youth – the spiritual growth that is necessary between adolescence and adulthood – it is a crucial time in a maturing faith for discipleship.
CHRYSALIS has its roots deeply planted in its parent movement, the Walk to Emmaus. CHRYSALIS is a three day spiritual renewal retreat that provides participants an opportunity to learn more about faith, to experience Christian love and support, and a chance to make new commitments in their faith journey. The content of the three days focuses on God’s grace, how one can experience Christ as a friend in the body of Christ, and how one is called into discipleship, giving love a needful word.