Chrysalis: Flights and and Journeys
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.
Chrysalis “Flights” (for 10th through 12th graders) and “Journeys” (for young adults, ages 19-24) are three-day events. This three-day spiritual renewal time provides 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.
As a former participant has said, “The Chrysalis weekend was a wonderful experience that helped bridge my childlike faith to the vital and intense spiritual hunger I have as an adult.”
We are currently offering these retreats, Flights, each summer at Midwestern State University as the site.
More information can be gotten from Upper Room booklets. and this website.
Testimony for Chrysalis
“I have always been an outgoing person, but through my involvement in Chrysalis, I have gained many lifelong friends with whom I will always share a special bond. These are friends who I can call on for support at any time. Chrysalis has been a part of my life for 14 years. I would recommend any youth to become involved. There is intimate self reflection in the presence of God, FOOD, friends, FOOD silliness, FOOD, agape love, and much, much more. To know that there is a community of complete strangers that uphold you in prayer is a comforting feeling. Even as an adult, I meet people who have been involved in Chrysalis somewhere around the world and now have an instant bond. You’ll never experience anything else like it!” Kristen in Burleson