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Australia

History

In August 1984, the Rev. Robert Wood, at the invitation of The Upper Room (Australia), brought a team of 32 Americans (most of whom paid their own fares and used their annual leave) to run the first Emmaus Walks in Australia. Team members came from all over the USA from both Emmaus Walk and Cursillo movements and included two Australians who had made their initial walks in the US. The first Emmaus Walks for men and women were held in Otford, NSW. Twenty men and thirty-three women attended.

During 1985, the Uniting Church Board of Mission (NSW) became the official sponsor of the AUSTRALIAN WALK TO EMMAUS movement. In 1991 responsibility was assumed by the National Mission and Evangelism Committee of the Commission for Mission of the Uniting Church in Australia. The commitment to making the Emmaus movement an ecumenical tool of spiritual renewal for church leadership in Australia has constantly been emphasised.The Walk to Emmaus has grown rapidly from its beginnings in Sydney. In New South Wales communities have also been formed on the Mid North Coast, Far North Coast, Western Sydney, Northern Inland, Newcastle/Central Coast, Riverina and South Sydney/Illawarra.

Emmaus has also spread interstate with communities in Queensland, ACT, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia & soon the Northern Territory.Several Chrysalis communities have also been established - in Sydney, Far North Coast, Mid North Coast, Northern Inland, Queensland, Adelaide and Canberra.There is also a form of Emmaus for disabled people called Alarga which was developed in Queensland and is also held in New South Wales.

The first Kairos weekend in Australia was held in Parramatta Prison in 1995.

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