Record attendance at 2012 Emmaus Assembly
Nearly 250 delegates from 31 of the 34 Emmaus Communities and Groups attended the 2012 Annual Emmaus UK Federation Assembly last weekend. In her address to delegates, Kate Welch, CEO of Acumen Trust gave her insight into the power of social enterprise to transform lives. David Crabtree, successful businessman and Emmaus supporter, described his recovery from the downward spiral of alcholism, and coined the catchphrase for the weekend: "When you meet a brick wall, turn left."
For many, the highlight of the Assembly was the personal testimony from two current Community residents and one former resident who is now a staff member. Terry Waite, President of Emmaus UK, acknowledged their contribution in his letter of thanks to all Companions (as the formerly homeless residents of Emmaus Communities are known) who took part in the Assembly: "The contribution made by Companions was inspiring and those who stood and addressed everyone were truly impressive. It is not at all easy to speak to a large gathering of people but the presentations came over with clarity and conviction. Thank you."
The Sunday morning session focused on the aims and outcomes of the Emmaus International World Assembly. An update on the Emmaus International Access to Water project in Benin demonstrated the commitment to empower local communities to 'go it alone' and take control of local facilities and infrastructure.
It wasn't all hard work! The annual football and darts tournaments were as hotly contested as usual, and delegates were able to watch the Olympic opening ceremony on a big screen.
Published on 30th July, 2012