Emmaus Retreat

Emmaus has been cancelled this year. For details, contact Kristina Awdish or e-mail kristinayou@gmail.com

The Road to Emmaus is a four-day retreat created in the Chaldean theological and biblical tradition.  It is outlined by the scriptural passage in the Gospel of Luke 24:13-35, and will lead you through a journey of theological, spiritual, and personal growth .

Open to young adults, ages 21-35.
Cost $250 (scholarships available)


Contact: Kristina Awdish; kristinaawdish@gmail.com

1-  What will we be doing all weekend?
There will be talks, small group breakout sessions, prayers, meditations, and activities.
2-  How is this retreat different from Kairos?
It will be easier to name the similarities than to list the differences.  Both are retreats intended for young adults to reflect on God and themselves.  There are a few topics that are similar on both retreats, but they are common topics that naturally come up when discussing faith and Christianity, but they are presented in different ways.  Outside of this, the retreats have mostly different themes, different talks, and different activities.
3-  Can I go on Emmaus if I’ve been on Kairos?
Absolutely, and vice-versa.  They both have something great to offer anyone interested in growing in their faith.
4-  Is this a post-Kairos retreat?
No, they are unrelated retreats.
5-  Where did the Road to Emmaus retreat come from?
Once upon a time (2006), a Chaldean layperson approached a Chaldean priest about putting on a retreat.  They looked at existing retreats, and thought that maybe there could be something new, something made specifically for Chaldeans.  The priest brought up the passage from the Gospel of Luke (24:13-35), and the layperson and him began to see how different topics could be discussed relating to each verse.  With the help of a few other laypersons and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, they put together an outline for a retreat, complete with talk descriptions and many wonderful activities.  They had no idea if it would succeed or fail, but took a leap and did the first one in October of 2006.  Since then, the outline, talks, and activities have evolved and sharpened into a retreat that has been conducted successfully many times for young adults in Michigan as well as in California.

LUKE 24: 135-35

Now that very day two of them were going to a village seven miles* from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.  And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.  He asked them, “What are you discussing as you walk along?” They stopped, looking downcast.  One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know of the things that have taken place there in these days?”  And he replied to them, “What sort of things?” They said to him, “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over to a sentence of death and crucified him. But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel; and besides all this, it is now the third day since this took place. Some women from our group, however, have astounded us: they were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body; they came back and reported that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who announced that he was alive.  Then some of those with us went to the tomb and found things just as the women had described, but him they did not see.”  And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!  Was it not necessary that the Messiah should suffer* these things and enter into his glory?”  Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures.  As they approached the village to which they were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther.  But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.  And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them.  With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight.  Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning [within us] while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?”  So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the eleven and those with them who were saying, “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!” Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.