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Today is Friday, August 22, 2014

About Chrysalis

Before it becomes a butterfly, a caterpillar goes through a growth stage during which it is called a "chrysalis." On the surface it may not look like much is happening, but the delicate chrysalis process changes the fuzzy caterpillar into an awesome butterfly with wings of intricate designs and intense colors. The chrysalis process symbolizes how Christ can transform you into something beyond your dreams. It happens when you grow beyond yourself, opening your life to Jesus' power and love.


"Chrysalis" is the name chosen for the youth and young adult version of The Walk to Emmaus, its parent movement, because it symbolizes the spiritual growth that is essential between adolescence and adulthood. That growth is as crucial for youth as the cocoon is for the caterpillar. It is that precious time of nurturing a person's faith for discipleship.

What is the purpose? Chrysalis Flights are three-day spiritual renewal events for youth (after the freshman year of high school through the sophmore year of college) that provide an opportunity for you to learn more about faith, to experience Christian love and support, and to make new faith commitments. The point is to inspire, challenge and equip you for a closer friendship with Christ and for Christian action at home, church, school, and community.

Chrysalis lifts up a way for you to enjoy Christ's friendship and love and to be Christ's friend and partner in the world. The three days focus on God's grace, your experience with Christ as friend, what it means to be the body of Christ, and giving love to a needy world.

Where does it take place? The North Indiana Chrysalis Community is composed of the North Indiana Emmaus Community, the Midwest Crossroads Emmaus Community and the Michiana Emmaus Community. Christians from a variety of churches in these areas provide places, leadership, and all the support necessary to conduct each Chrysalis Flight.

How do I attend? Chrysalis is open to upper high school students and young adults (after the freshman year of high school through the sophmore year of college) of any Christian denomination. A person who has experienced a Chrysalis Flight or the Walk to Emmaus must sponsor you.

What happens after? Chrysalis is more than a three-day mountaintop experience for young people. The three-day experience aims to deepen young people's experience of God's companionship for everyday life and to strengthen their commitment to follow Jesus back into their familiar environments of friendships, school, family, church, and work. Chrysalis supports young people's return to the world as butterflies by encouraging and strengthening their local church and youth group connections. A regular, on going time of sharing together our journey with Christ is part of the follow-up to the experience. Chrysalis provides follow-up through Reunion Groups and Hoots.

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P.O. Box 189  •  Nashville, Tennessee 37202
1.615.340.7227  • 
www.upperroom.org/chrysalis


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