December, 2011


De Colores East Bay Anglican Cursillo Community,


   God likes new things!  So, we are starting a new annual tradition this Christmas season: an email letter about the work of our community during the year.  And why don’t you make a new annual New Year’s resolution yourselves to go to our website at for 2012 Cursillo applications, directions to the Holy Redeemer Center, contact people and the calendar of 2012 events and secretariat meetings. 


   In preparation for our 2011 Cursillo, we started off with our March 5 Ultreya and Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at First Christian Church of Alameda.  Mark Mueller palancad much of the meal.  A 2010 Cursillista, Joan Brill, gave the inspirational talk.  The 50 people in there generously donated close to $1000 towards the scholarship fund!


   The center piece of the year was our May 12-15 Co-ed Cursillo weekend.  The rector/rectora were Fred and Janice Williams with the theme being “I’d Rather Have Jesus.”  Fred was impressed by how fast the community of new and veteran team members, along with the candidates, came together as a trusting community on the weekend.  The Spirit took over the weekend; it was surely God’s weekend!     


   As everyone was notified a number of months ago, our secretariat prayerfully decided to move our Cursillos from CASA in San Francisco back to Holy Redeemer Center in Oakland for logistical, geographical and financial reasons.


   We are helping the Anglican Spanish Cursillo to grow under the umbrella of our secretariat.  Fifteen candidates attended their August Cursillo at St. Timothy’s in Danville.  On October 29th, we had our first joint East Bay Anglican/Anglican Spanish Ultreya at Holy Trinity Church in Richmond.  The presentation was by Julia McCray-Goldsmith, a Cursillista who is Faith Formation Coordinator with the Episcopal Diocese of California.  Her topic was “Living the faith in today’s troubled world.” 


   In recent years, the Cursillo teams have been of good size.  Financially, we are secure for the foreseeable future.  We have had sufficient candidates, but there can always be more people who can encounter God’s love through the potentially life-changing Cursillo method!


   This brings me to the last announcement: the 2012 Co-ed Cursillo.  It is from March 8 – 11, 2012 at Holy Redeemer Center in Oakland.  Mary Jo Nelson is the rectora with Rick Whitby as the assistant.  The theme is: God’s Amazing Love.”  What better gift can you give this Christmas than a Cursillo Weekend?!  Remember to go to for applications, directions to the Holy Redeemer Center and other Cursillo information! 


                                 Have a Blessed Christmas as we celebrate the birth of Christ, Viva!                        

                                 John Gishe

                                 Lay Director, East Bay Anglican (Anglican Cursillo of California)