What is Chrysalis?

Chrysalis Journey is a non-denominational program that provides spiritual formation for youth and young adults. The program was designed by The Upper Room, a United Methodist Church organization located in Nashville, Tennessee.

Chrysalis is the growth stage between caterpillars and butterflies. While on the surface it may look like nothing is happening, the delicate process changes a caterpillar into a butterfly with wings and beautiful colors. This symbolizes that through dying to self, Christ can transform us into new beings. Jesus Christ can transform us into something beautiful. We must open ourselves to Jesus for this transformation to occur.

Chrysalis Flight and Journey are the names chosen for the Youth Walk to Emmaus because they symbolize faith growth in the lives of high school and college aged young adults – the spiritual growth that is necessary between adolescence and adulthood. It is a crucial time of maturing faith for discipleship.

Chrysalis® and Journey has its roots deeply planted in its parent movement, the Walk to Emmaus®.Chrysalis® and Journey are three-day spiritual renewal retreats that provides participants an opportunity to learn more about their faith, to experience Christian love, and a chance to make new commitments in their faith journey. The content of the three days focuses on God’s grace, how one experiences Christ as a friend in the body of Christ, and how one is called into discipleship, giving love to a needful world.

For more information about the Upper Room and the Chrysalis movement, you can visit the Upper Room website at http://chrysalis.upperroom.org.