Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

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.


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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.


Upcoming Weekends and Lay Rectors

Weekend # 138 – July 12-15, 2018, Lay Rector Marian Hornsby

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Cursillo Weekend
 A School for the Lord's Service
July 12-15, 2018

The Rule of St. Benedict has for centuries been an inspiring and reliable guide to growing in the life of faith, and Benedictine spirituality continues to exercise a profound influence in the Western church. The Benedictine tradition is especially important for Anglican Christians, as evident not only in The Book of Common Prayer but also in the emphasis Anglicans place on the way praying shapes believing, on the importance of hospitality, and on the application of faith to daily life. During this session of Cursillo, we will utilize lessons from Benedict’s Rule and the tradition of Benedictine spirituality to identify ways individuals and communities of faith can grow closer to God through intentional prayer, disciplined reflection, and the offering of daily life in acts of faith, hope, and love. Benedict described the monastery as a “school for the Lord’s service,” and his vision of the life of faith inspired the most far-reaching renewal movement in the history of the church. All who participate in this session of Cursillo will be likewise encouraged (and challenged) to grow in their faith and thereby become better equipped to share in the church’s mission of making, equipping, and sending mature disciples of Christ.

Gravatt Episcopal Conference Center
Arrival: Thursday, July 12   5:00pm        Departure: Sunday, July 15   4:00pm
Cost: $150 including lodging and meals

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.

2017 Cursillo Council

Emery Clark – Chair, 1-year term
Bill Lee - Vice Chair, 2-year term 
Mary Finch – Secretary,1-year term
ack Rogers – Treasurer, 3-year term
Rev. Scott Anderson, Head Spiritual Director, 1-year term
v. Mike Flanagan, Spiritual Director, 3-year term
Bill Matthews, 3-year term
Keren Pickard – 3 year term
Ed Schneider, 2-year term
Ike Waters, 1-year term
Paula Greenway - Registrar

About Cursillo - Dedication for Cursillo #137

Weekend 137

February 8-11, 2018

Dedication to Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist, Harbinger of Good News

Elizabeth was a good and faithful believer. She and Zacharias kept the covenants of God, trusting in His word. They were Levites, from the priestly family of Aaron, chosen by God to teach His name. The kind of family trusted by God to be the parents of John the Baptist, one of the greatest prophets.

When God came to her and told her she was with child, one who was to pave the way for His son, she did not doubt, but showed her appreciation by saying "thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when HE looked on me, to take away my reproach among people." (Luke 1:25) Like Sarah before her, another woman of great faith, Elizabeth knew that her child would be a miracle from God.

So, it's no surprise that it was Elizabeth who confirmed to Mary that she was carrying the Holy One. When Mary came to visit her relative, the baby in Elizabeth's womb leaped for joy. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Elizabeth gave words of encouragement to Mary, reminding her that she was blessed among women and blessed was the fruit of her womb.

She showed great humility when she asked why the mother of the Lord would come to visit her "for indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ear, the babe leaped in my womb for joy." (Luke 1:42-44) With this simple proclamation, Elizabeth became the Harbinger of the Lord of Hosts.

God has blessings for us all, if we just trust Him and remain faithful. This is not easy when others are questioning our beliefs, as I'm sure Elizabeth's peers did, since it says she was "reproached among her people." It's hard for us to see that God is with us when darkness surrounds us and we have no hope.

Cursillo 137 is about proclaiming the good news of God and paving the way for others to see his glorious works among all people. We really, truly, are called to bring the good news of Christ to others. To do this, we need the faith of Elizabeth - trusting God will be with us, even while others doubt.

Your Sister in Christ,

Karen Pickard, Lay Rector, Cursillo #137

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  • 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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