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In today's world, can Christianity penetrate all areas of our secular lives? Can it live there? Can it grow there? Can it transform the world in a way that is more fruitful than the past, yet in keeping with the times? Those in the Via de Cristo movement think it can!

Via de Cristo, a Spanish expression meaning "Way of Christ", is a 3-day weekend which takes the New Testament look at Christianity as a lifestyle.

Via de Cristo is not an in depth bible study week-end and you do not need to bring a bible. Rather, it is designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people.

The weekend is filled with the love of Christ and is often life-changing.

The movement originated as "Cursillo" (also known as Walk to Emmaus and Renewal), in the late 1940's in the Spanish Catholic church and moved to America in the late 1950's. It began in the Lutheran church when laymen and clergy attended a Catholic Cursillo in 1971.

Via de Cristo proposes no new type of spirituality - only a simple method through which one's grace-filled life may, in a natural loving way, be lived and shared with others.

The people of Via de Cristo who meet at Divinity do not necessarily attend the church, nor do they have to. They are thankful to work together with other church members to strenghthen faith and spread the word.

To save a seat for an upcoming weekend or to get involved with Via de Cristo, contact Loretta Cross at the church office (440) 845-2060, ext 18.

For more information, visit the national Lutheran Via de Cristo site here.