News Notes: June 2016

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Voice in the Wilderness

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
—Mark Twain

Episcopal Cursillo Ministry National Conference
October 20-22, 2016

Registration Is Now Open!

Long Island Marriott - Uniondale

101 James Doolittle Blvd

Uniondale, New York 11553 

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The Rev. Winnie Varghese, the renowned writer and activist, will deliver the keynote address on “Creating a Climate of Welcome.”

Workshops include the following:

  • Before and After Cursillo: Building Bridges for the Jesus Movement in the 21st Century
  • Empowering Your Fourth Day with Music
  • Eternity and the Public Library
  • Journaling as a Spiritual Practice
  • Celtic Prayer and Spirituality
  • Social Media and the Church: Using New Tools for Ancient Practices
  • Spiritual Direction: The Hidden Gem of our Fourth Day Journey
  • Stepping Out of our Boats: What is Jesus’ Vision of the Cursillo Movement?
To travel around Long Island or access New York City:
  • Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Westbury Station (Port Jefferson Line) -- 2 1/2 miles from the hotel --
  • To/from LIRR take Stuart's Taxi Service -- 10 minute ride from/to Westbury LIRR Station -- to Long Island Marriott, $5 per person plus $2 for additional riders -- 516-334-2900 or
  • New York City Tours:
  • Topaz Sightseeing NY offers basic City tour packages that leave from and return to the hotel. Arrangements can be made through the concierge at the Marriott or go to
  • For other options, talk to the Marriott Concierge.
The Twain Meet

Next two-day “In Step” weekend is June 10-12, Lakeside. Closing is at Camp Allen, please arrive by 3:30 p.m. Childcare will be available. If not going to closing, meet the Austin Cursillo Community in Elgin at 7:15 p.m. at the Southside Market, located on the south side of Hwy 290 at the intersection of Hwy 95 North in Elgin. The next Ultreya will be June 19, 4 p.m., Christ Church, Cedar Park.  

The late Rev. Reid Morgan served as Spiritual Director to the Austin Secretariat for a number of years. On June 12 the Secretariat will dedicate a memorial bench in his honor at Camp Allen.

The Rt. Rev. Bob O’Neill, Bishop of Colorado, discusses Cursillo and Christian Life in a five-minute video. C’mon, you can spare five minutes! Go to

East Tennessee
Cursillo “Fourth Day” groups meet as follows:
• Tri-Cities area: Second Sunday of each month, Contact Anthony Peters,
• Knoxville area: Ultreya meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Ascension, 800 South Northshore Drive, Knoxville. Contact Allen or Pam Douglass,
• Cleveland/Athens area: Interested persons should contact the Rev. Robert Childers at
• Chattanoona/Ft. Oglethorpe area: Ultreya meets at 5 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon every other month (February, April, June, August, October, December) at St. Peter, 848 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga. The coordinator for the Chattanooga Area Ultreya is Rena Stansbury, 423-842-7052.
• Lookout Mountain: Ultreyas meet regularly. Contact Rev. Robert Childers at
Mother Pat Miller was roasted at the Heartland Cursillo (Kansas and West Missouri) Ultreya prior to her relocation to Georgia.

At its monthly Ultreya gathering, the Heartland Cursillo (Kansas and West Missouri) honored and thanked Mother Pat Miller for her years of supporting their Cursillo community. She was "roasted" with anecdotes and remembrances. Mother Pat will be leaving St. Michael's, Independence, MO to serve as interim priest at St. Aidan's, Alpharetta, GA.

Western representatives on the Episcopal Cursillo Ministry Committee met with the Los Angeles Secretariat before its Grand Ultreya in Anaheim.
Los Angeles
Representatives of the ECM Committee joined more than 75 members of the Los Angeles Diocese as it celebrated its Grand Ultreya at St. Michael’s in Anaheim on May 21. The event included a Eucharist followed by a lovely potluck meal. ECM President Carol Williams wrote to Secretariat Chairwoman Zully Torres afterward, “I especially appreciated the interplay between Spanish and English, both in the meeting and in the Eucharist. The mutual respect and love between your communities is the foundation for Cursillo in your diocese.“

Maryland is beginning to look for team members for its November 4-6 Cursillo. Team members should be Cursillistas who have attended a Fourth Day workshop and regularly attend Ultreyas, participate in group reunions, and attend Las Mañanitas and Clausura when possible. or 
Mississippi Episcopal Cursillo is recruiting for its Fall Cursillo, September 22-25. Contact Ken Ruckstuhl at

North Carolina
Diocese of North Carolina parish-based weekend #105 will be held June 23-26 at All Saints Episcopal Church Concord.  Send Palanca to NC Episcopal Secretariat, P.O. Box, 859, Lewisville, NC,  27023-0859 or

Northern California
The Sutter Creek/Amador Ultreya gathers on the fourth Saturday of each month with a potluck lunch. 10:30-12 noon, Trinity Episcopal Church, Janes Hall, 430 S. Highway 49, Sutter Creek. Contact Gerry Moore 209-267-5182 or Janet Kendig 209-296-5158.

San Diego
San Diego will hold an Ultra at St. Phillip’s in Lemon Grove on July 23, 5 p.m. potluck, 6 p.m. Ultreya, contact

Southwest Florida
An Ultreya will be held on Monday, June 13, 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s, 9801 Bonita Beach Rd. SE, Bonita Springs. Theresa Rowe asks that you “bring a friend and a dish to share,” though she doesn’t make clear whether you are to share the friend or share the dish, or both. Contact her at 239-298-6095 or to ask.
Springfield, IL
Bob Vaughn (618-624-1909 or ) seeks candidates, prayers, Palanca and good vibes for the Cursillo coming up on June 23-26 at Toddhall in Columbia. Call him to say hi.

Upper South Carolina
Urgent Palanca Request: The Cursillo weekend will be held June 9-12 at Camp Gravatt in Aiken. Please send Palanca to 

We're Getting Suggestions For Summer Reading
Last month we asked for suggestions for summer reading for the Cursillo community. Here are a few we've received:

How many folks have suggested Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's books? They are good reading. For poetry, God's Trombones, by James Weldon Johnson is great. I also have often recommended Mister God, This is Anna, by Fynn, but I don't know if it's still in print. 
West Missouri

I highly recommend Jabbok, by The Rt. Rev. John McKee Sloan
Peggy Ryder
San Francisco
For good reading, I recommend:  The Four Vision Quests of Jesus by Steven Charleston. He was the Episcopal Bishop of Alaska, a seminary dean, national staff person for Native American ministries, and a prolific author. He is a member of the Choctaw Nation (the Native American tribe in Oaklahoma), and writes from the perspective of Native American, and Christian spirituality.
Fr. John Rawlinson
Oakland, Calif.

So what books—whether fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks or or how-to manuals—have inspired your faith? Don’t be shy! Send your suggestions for what the rest of us should read to News Notes c/o, and we will list them in next month’s edition.
Palanca Requests
Please pray and email Palanca for the following Cursillo weekends:

6/9-6/12, Coed Cursillo, Dallas/Fort Worth
6/9-6/12, Cursillo, Upper South Carolina 
6/10-6/12, Lakeside 2-Day in Step, Diocese of Texas
6/10-6/12, Cursillo weekend, Alabama
6/23-6/26, Parish-based Cursillo, North Carolina

6/23-26, Cursillo weekend, kpittman@uwa.eduAlbuquerque 
7/14-7/17, Co-Ed Cursillo, Prescott, AZ
7/16, Grand Ulteyra, Dwyer Park, Little York (Central New York), 
7/21-24, Cursillo, South Carolina, 
8/11-8/14, Lakeside Cursillo, Diocese of Texas
8/12-8/14, Fall English Cursillo, Oklahoma
9/8-9/11, Cursillo weekend, Alabama
9/8-9/11, Cursillo weekend, Heartland
9/15-9/18, Co-Ed Cursillo, Molalla, OR
9/23/25, Friday-Sunday Cursillo, Cathedral Ridge, Colorado
9/29-10-2, Men's Cursillo, Florida
9/30-10/2, Spanish Cursillo, Oklahoma
10/6-10/9, Cursillo weekend, Alabama
10/6-10-9, Men's Cursillo, Southeast Florida
10/6-10/9, Cursillo, West Texas
10/6-10/9, Women's Cursillo, Florida
10-7-10/9, Campsite 2-Day in Step, Diocese of Texas
10/13-10/16, Coed Cursillo, Dallas/Fort Worth
10/13-10/16, Co-Ed Cursillo, Southern Virginia
10/13, Co-Ed, Southeast Virginia
10/20-10/23, Cursillo WE, New York
10/20-10/23, Co-Ed Cursillo, San Diego
10/20-10/23, Cursillo weekend,
10/20-23, Cursillo, , South Carolina
10/22-10/25, ECM National Conference, Long Island, NY
11/3-11/6, Coed (Spanish), Dallas/Fort Worth
11/5, Grand Ultreya, Southeast Florida
11/10-11/13, Cursillo,, Central Gulf Coast FL/AL
11/10-11/13, Cursillo, West Texas
11/11-11-13, Cursillo (shortened),
, Colorado
11/17-11/20, Cursillo, Long Island, NY
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