What is 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
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.