WHAT IS A KOINONIA WEEKEND ALL ABOUT?

The weekends are structured around a series of talks given by laypeople and clergy on subjects such as; Ideals, Grace, Divine Help, Piety, Study, Action, Laity, Community, and Fourth Day. After each talk, there is a time of discussion in small groups. The talks provide thoughts for discussion and guidelines for life beyond the weekend. The weekend is filled with joy and the presence of the Holy Spirit. The weekend begins on a Friday night and ends on the following Sunday afternoon. Koinonia is many things, but most of all, it is an experience to be lived.

HOW DID KOINONIA BEGIN?

Koinonia is patterned after the Roman Catholic Cursillo that began in Spain in the 1940s. The Koinonia Retreats began in a Presbyterian church in Findlay, Ohio in May, 1972. The Koinonia weekend is somewhat modified from the Cursillo weekend, but the same basic theme exists: “A short course in Christianity.” A Koinonia weekend is many things, but most of all, it is an experience to be lived. It is filled with joy, informal conversation, much singing, lots of fun, laughter and a time for personal reflection. Within three days, believers become a true Christian community; experience the Divine mystery of Christ’s endless love. The experience of a Koinonia weekend is described differently by each participant.

WHO WILL BE AT A KOINONIA WEEKEND?

Koinonia is open to adult Christians of any age, sex, race or denomination. Participants may be sponsored by anyone who has attended a Koinonia retreat or other similar Christian weekend, including the Catholic Cursillo and the Walk to Emmaus. The only requirement is that you are a professing Christian–in other words, you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and your personal Savior.

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