Resurrection Center in Bull Valley ran into trouble after state-backed borrowing to build an addition.
The Catholic order that owned it put it up for sale.
After several missteps, Loyola University purchased the property.
It was re-named the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus.
This is the location that the Northern Illinois Emmaus community used to hold its Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon short courses in Christianity.
Based on the Catholic short course called Cursillo. the Walk to Emmaus is sponsored by the Methodist Church, but thoroughly ecumenical.
This weekend and next weekend the Emmaus community is again holding retreats out in Bull Valley.
But, there is a significant change in the chapel.
The crucifix is gone.
Replacing the crucified Christ hanging from the ceiling is a small cross at chest height affixed to the center back wall which would be appropriate for any Protestant church.
Not a crucifix.
Just a cross.
I’ll admit that some Protestants attending retreats at Resurrection Center had problems with worshiping in a chapel with a crucifix, but, considering the weekend’s theme is God’s love for us in sending his son to sacrifice himself for our sins, most overcame any original trepidation.
At Saturday night’s Emmaus service, this Methodist has to admit to missing the representation of Jesus on the cross.