Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

Pay It Forward

Lily Hardy Hammond wrote in her 1916 book, In the Garden of Delight, “You don't pay love back; you pay it forward.... With this in mind, the Cursillo Council began a Pay It Forward campaign which started with weekend 120 in October of 2011.

We require a non-refundable registration fee of only $150 for each candidate, beginning July 2015. The rest of the candidate fees will be paid by donations to our Pay It Forward Fund. Ultreyas, Group Reunions and churches can also donate to the Cursillo "Pay It Forward" fund.

Click here to "Pay it Forward" for Cursillo!
icon Download a "Pay It Forward" Handout.

We never want money to stand in the way of anyone's receiving the gifts that a Cursillo weekend provides. When we leave a weekend, we leave with better tools and a renewed heart for bringing Christ into our individual environments and our Church. Candidates will know that the weekend of growth is a gift from the Cursillo community in hopes that they will pass the gift on to others who are seeking a deeper walk with Christ and the tools needed to serve the world in his name.

Pay It Forward funds will also be available to help with scholarships for staff members, just as our scholarship funds have always been. These requests will continue to be handled individually, with help from parishes.

Please consider donating online to help support this initiative! Or mail a check made out to "EDUSC” with the memo “Cursillo Pay It Forward" and mail to the Diocesan House, 1115 Marion Street, Columbia, SC 29201, Attention: The Rev. Canon Kellie Wilson.

About Cursillo

Cursillo ChickenThe purpose of Cursillo is to help those in the Church understand their individual callings to be Christian leaders. The leadership may be exercised in one's work situations, in one's family and social life, in one's leisure activities, and within the Church environment. Leadership, in Cursillo, does not mean power over others, but influence on others; all of us need to be aware that we can exert a positive influence on those around us. The goal of Cursillo is the goal of the Church: to bring all to Christ. This is done when informed, trained leaders set out with the support of others having a similar commitment. 

The EDUSC Cursillo Council includes people from different convocations and parishes, including three clergy representatives. The Council meets several times a year and performs many functions. In addition to calling lay rectors for upcoming weekends, the Council makes policy/guidelines decisions, set dates for subsequent meetings, weekends, reunions, and coordinates training events for Cursillistas in the diocese and in the region.

Donate to Pay it Forward

Donate to Staff Scholarships     

The weekend is structured based on a national movement, the National Episcopal Cursillo. program with local flavor and traditions. Since each weekend is basically the same program, with variations due to the individuals who make up the team, one only "makes" one Cursillo weekend, but can participate as a team member at subsequent weekends.

Mission Statement: Cursillo is a movement of the Church providing a method by which Christians are empowered to grow through prayer, study and action and to share God's love with everyone.

2016 Cursillo Council

Eliza Alderman, Chair, 1-year term
TBD, Vice Chair, 1-year term
Katherine Foo, Secretary, 1-year term
David Danforth, Treasurer/Registrar, 1-year term
Rev. Scott Anderson, Head Spiritual Director
Rev. Alan Leonard, Spiritual Director
Rev. Deacon Ann Pilat, Spiritual Director
Bill Lee, 3-year term
Susan Sadler, 3-year term
Ed Schneider, 3-year term
Lee Brewer, 2-year term 
Mary Finch, 2-year term 
Ike Waters, 2-year term 
Howard Davis, 1-year term

Upcoming Weekends and Lay Rectors

Weekend #135 – January 12-16, 2017, Lay Rector TBD

Weekend #136 – June 8-11, 2017, Ike Waters, Lay Rector

Cursillo weekends are structured based on a national movement, the National Episcopal Cursillo. program with local flavor and traditions. Since each weekend is basically the same program, with variations due to the individuals who make up the team, one only "makes" one Cursillo weekend, but can participate as a team member at subsequent weekends. Applications can be found to your left.


To come...


Palanca Pick Up Dates and Times

Christ Church, Greenville
Christ Church, Lancaster
St. Augustine of Canterbury, Aiken
St. David's, Columbia
St. Francis of Assisi, Chapin
St. Martin’s in the Fields, Columbia
Trinity Cathedral, Columbia

If you are a sponsor, please bring your palanca and the palanca from fellow Cursillistas from your church when you bring your candidate on Thursday evening.

You may mail your palanca directly to Camp Gravatt (please make sure it is postmarked by the deadline and the envelope plainly states CURSILLO (weekend #) PALANCA on the envelope):

Camp Gravatt
c/o Mr. Bill Matthews, Lay Rector, Cursillo 134
1006 Camp Gravatt Road
Aiken, SC 29805

 


Welcome to our new Cursillistas from Weekend 134! Our EDUSC Cursillo Community is blessed to welcome you into the fold!

Photos from Cursillo #134, June 9 - 12, 2016 are shown below.  View the slideshow below for other pictures of the weekend.

Photos courtesy of Liz Jones

Caroline Connelly, St Francis of Assisi, Chapin -Ann Pilat, Sponsor
Ronnie Connelly, St Francis, Chapin -Ann Pilat, Sponsor
Daniel Hank, St. John's, Congaree - Rita and Bud McCaskill, Sponsors
Millie Jackson, St. Francis of Assisi, Chapin - Karen Owen, Sponsor
Rusty Miller, Trinity Cathedral - Doug Steimle, Sponsor
Lathrop Mosley, St. Christopher's, Spartanburg - Danny Shelton, Sponsor
Avis O’Leary, St. David’s, Columbia – Mary Finch, Sponsor
Rick Scollon, St. Francis of Assisi, Chapin - Keren Pickard, Sponsor
Susie Stafford, Trinity Cathedral - Carolyn Williams, Sponsor
Sid Yuille, St. John's, Congaree - John Clarkson, Sponsor 


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend?
Any Episcopalian, eighteen years of age or older, may attend a Cursillo. Episcopalian is defined as any baptized Christian and member in good standing, as defined by the parish priest, of any parish in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina.

Are there Cursillo secrets?
You may have been told by someone who has attended the weekend that he cannot tell you what Cursillo is all about or what goes on during a Cursillo weekend. This is not correct. Everything that goes on during the weekend may be told to anyone. Cursillo literature is available to anyone who wishes to read or purchase the materials.

How much does it cost?
The three-day weekend costs $150.  Scholarships for Cursillo are usually available both from the Diocese and from your church.  Contact your rector to ask about scholarships through the Registrar.

What if I don't have a sponsor?
Your sponsor is an invaluable support person before, during, and after your Cursillo experience. If you are interested in attending Cursillo and don't have a sponsor, contact your rector and he or she will help you find a sponsor.

How do I sign up?
Applications are available from your church office or from the Diocesan office in Columbia. Or, you can download them from the box to your left.

When is the next Cursillo?
Cursillo weekends are offered two times a year at Gravatt Conference Center near Aiken. The deadline for registering is a month before the date listed.


Pay it Forward and Staff Scholarships

Lily Hardy Hammond wrote in her 1916 book, In the Garden of Delight, “You don't pay love back; you pay it forward.... With this in mind, the Cursillo Council began a Pay It Forward campaign which started with weekend 120 in October of 2011.

We require a non-refundable registration fee of only $150 for each candidate. The rest of the candidate fees will be paid by donations to our Pay it Forward Fund.  Ultreyas, Group Reunions and churches can also donate to the Cursillo Pay it Forward fund.

Scholarships funds will also be available to help staff members whose fees are $300 to serve on a weekend.  These requests will continue to be handled individually, with help from parishes or through donations by Ultreyas, Group Reunions and churches to the Cursillo "Staff Scholarship" fund.

Click the following to donate to either the Pay it Forward Fund or the Staff Scholarship Fund for Cursillo. (Please note, these links are for donations only. If you would like to pay fees for a Cursillo weekend, please contact David Danforth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Download a icon Pay It Forward and Staff Scholarships Handout.

We never want money to stand in the way of anyone's receiving the gifts that a Cursillo weekend provides. When we leave a weekend, we leave with better tools and a renewed heart for bringing Christ into our individual environments and our Church. Candidates will know that the weekend of growth is a gift from the Cursillo community in hopes that they will pass the gift on to others who are seeking a deeper walk with Christ and the tools needed to serve the world in his name.

Please consider donating online to help support Cursillo! Or mail a check made out to "EDUSC” with the memo “Cursillo Pay it Forward" or “Staff Scholarship” and mail to the Diocesan House, 1115 Marion Street, Columbia, SC 29201, Attention: The Rev. Canon Kellie Wilson.

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  • Bishop Greg Rickel on Stewardship
  • Leadership Day
  • Dean Timothy Jones of Trinity Cathedral
  • The Rev. Dr. James Farwell
  • Ms. Terri Mathes
  • Closing Plenary Before Evensong
  • Bill Hunter of the Advent Shoppe
  • Christ Church Before Evensong
  • Gravatt Booth
  • Thompson Booth
  • Canterbury Booth
  • Sewanee Booth
  • Business Day
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