What is Koinonia…?
Koinonia (Coin – O – Nee – Uh) means “a gathering.”
The Koinonia weekend is just that; it brings together people from different communities for a learning, sharing, inspirational experience in Christian living. The first weekend was held in Ohio, in the spring of 1972, and is patterned after the Catholic Cursillo. Although the weekend is modified slightly from the Cursillo weekend, the basic theme exists: “a short course in Christian Living”.
The weekend consists of 8 short talks. Some topics covered by the talks include Ideals, God’s Grace, Action, Study, most of which are given by laypeople. There is time for discussions within small groups after each talk, music and fellowship. The weekend is one filled with joy, sharing of concerns, informal conversation, singing, and laughter.
A Koinonia weekend is for anyone who is interested in participating in the Christian life and the world around them. The weekend is many things ,to many people, but most of all it is an experience to be lived. .
Within the forty-four hours of the weekend, complete strangers become a true Christian community.
Koinonia was brought to Colorado in 1977 by Ron and Pat Morgan. The Morgans were transferred by Marathon Oil Co. from Findlay to Littleton, Colorado. With the help of Episcopal Cursillo, which had already been active in Colorado for several years, the first weekend took place April 15-17, 1977 at Covenant Heights Baptist Bible Camp near Estes Park, Colorado. There were 19 participants, mostly from Grace Presbyterian Church of Littleton, Colorado.
Participants in Koinonia are now spread throughout Colorado, and have established Koinonia groups in the area of Denver, Northern, Southern, and Western Colorado, as well as many other states, including: Montana, Arkansas, Texas, Oregon, Washington, and New Mexico.