A Message from Secretariat
As a member of the CACS (Canadian Anglican Cursillo Secretariat) we are all responsible to review a number of the CACS Guidelines every six years.
I am presently reviewing The Guideline “The Evaluation a Diocesan Cursillo Movement”. As I read what made a healthy Cursillo movement, I was reminded of the importance of grouping, attending ultreyas, being in community and the importance of mentoring those on their journey by helping them to join a group reunion, bringing them to ultreyas and holding them up in prayer.
Cursillo has had a profound effect on me, but it was not until I reviewed the guidelines that I was reminded of the importance for each of us to share our gifts in some way to support and strengthen our local cursillo movement.
As I read the guidelines, it made me look at my faith journey through fresh eyes. To try to discern where I am in my spiritual growth? Am I open to change? Have I become complacent? Am I missing opportunities to invite people to ultreyas and, by not following up on announcements of upcoming Cursillo weekends at church I may have missed opportunities to reach someone wanting to grow in faith?
It has reminded me to evaluate how I am growing, where I am struggling and to be open to change as I serve within the Cursillo and wider community. And to ask myself, “am I willing to step out of my comfort zone? “Is it time widen my circle?
The first page of this guideline was a good place for me to start. It has an overall approach outlined under these headings:
a. Develop a vision
b. Assess where you are
c. Identify gaps
d. Set goals
e. Plan actions
f. Evaluate yourselves
These six statements are ways of looking at our cursillo movement, but as I read it, it made me reflect on my own journey. Am I sharing the gifts God wants me to? Am I following the Fourth Day Method? Am I fostering others on their journey? And how can I reach people where the are?
We are encouraged to be a friend, make a friend and bring a friend to Jesus. We can do this by just asking a friend to attend an Ultreya with you, or to join a Group Reunion, and to invite them to attend a workshop to help them understand the Cursillo method more and be in community. We can never be a community of one. Jesus sent his disciples out in groups of twos. We need to be in community to grow.
The Cursillo Movements runs Workshops such as DODO. (Day Of Deeper Understanding) and CLW (Cursillo Learners Workshop) to build on the Cursillo weekend to reinforce the three day method. Visit the website for more details.
You can check the CACS guideline by going to the Canadian Anglican Cursillo website.
I will leave you with these questions to ponder:
Where are you on your faith journey?
Do you need a short course to rekindle the fire?
Do you want to be in community with friends?
Where are you being called be serve?
Reach out to the Cursillo community. “We are all on the same journey”
Ottawa Diocese CACS Rep.