For the past five years, the Emmaus in all of its facets training course has focused on the Emmaus Movement’s history and values. In a sociable ambience, Emmaus activists are invited to deepen their knowledge in order to strengthen their feeling of belonging to the Emmaus Movement. In 2018, the training course took place from 3 – 6 June at Emmaus Cologne. Jérémie tells us about his experience.
How long have you been with Emmaus?
I have been deputy leader at Emmaus Sion in Switzerland for five years.
What made you want to take part in this training course?
Curiosity and a desire to see what is going on elsewhere and get out of the bubble of our day-to-day routine at the community.
And also a desire to find out how the Emmaus Movement was formed.
What did you learn? What will be useful to you in your daily life?
I didn’t know anything about the life of Abbé Pierre and his many struggles.
And my knowledge of the main points of the Emmaus Movement at the international level was a little vague.
Being able to better explain to other people what Emmaus is, its history, struggles and objectives will be useful to me in my day-to-day life. The course also provided me with guidelines for our day-to-day work and I will be able to translate words into deeds.
What did you like the most? What surprised you?
Meeting people from other communities and learning about their very different operating methods.
A fantastic look back at Abbé Pierre’s life.
Would you advise other members of the movement to take part?
A resounding yes! All Emmaus activists should attend in my view. Companions, leaders, deputies, committees and volunteers alike!