There are many ways to get involved at Emmaus Way. We hope you'll find ways to commune outside of Sunday that are life-giving for you. Have an idea for another group? Please share! We strive to work together to explore the passions of our community.


Home groups are smaller groups of our community members who meet for spiritual formation and friendship.  We currently have four groups that meet in various locations and times throughout the month. Check out the details, including contact information, for each group below.

  • home group #1

    When: We meet the 2nd and 4th Thursdays every month at 7:30 PM.

    Where: We rotate between hosts in Durham and Chapel Hill.

    What to Expect: We have an informal format. We share what's going on in each other's lives and pray for one another.

    Contact: Elizabeth Efird |


    When: We meet every Wednesday from 7:30-10 PM.

    Where: We meet at a different host's home in Durham.

    What to Expect: Every week, the host provides dinner, and we talk about the previous Sunday's dialogue, current events, and what's going on in our lives.

    Contact: Amanda Haas |


    When: We meet every Thursday evening.

    Where: We meet in Durham.

    What to Expect: We have a meal and informal discussion each week. Right now, we're rescheduling with an exciting addition of a new baby to our group, so we're open to a changing schedule!

    Contact: Susan Jakes |


    When: We meet every other weekend, either Saturday night or Sunday mid-morning.

    Where: We meet at a different host's home in Durham.

    What to Expect: We gather for food, fellowship, and intentionally sharing life together.

    Contact: Laura Wooten |

women's group

When: We meet on Thursday mornings at 10 AM. 

Where: Our location varies each week, but we usually meet in Durham. In the summer months, we usually meet outside at parks or playgrounds as some of us (but not all) have kids, and this seems the best way to maintain meaningful conversations.

What to Expect: All are welcome. The goal of our group is to develop relationships and provide support to one another.

pub group

Thursdays | 8:15 PM | The Federal, 914 Main Street

Pub Group is a reading and discussion space that supports and extends the community conversation of Emmaus Way. Our rhythm centers on weekly readings sent out to a pub group listserv. The specific topic shifts with the season, but always clusters around the themes of story, justice, and practical theology that shape Emmaus Way’s Sunday gatherings and community life. You can check out a list of our recent topics below.

Pub Group is an open-door, open-ended space that offers several ways to engage. Come as you are, all are welcome. Come every week or come when you can! For more information on joining the Pub Group listserv, contact Tim Conder. Our weekly reading goes out each Monday or Tuesday to the several dozen folks on our Pub Group email listserv. Some of these folks are Thursday night regulars, but many others read and engage remotely.

Recent Readings: 

  • Fall 2017 - The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics and Religion (Jonathan Haidt)
  • Summer 2017 - Life Stories - Personal narratives that shape pub group and Emmaus Way.
  • Spring 2017 - Organizing Church: Grassroots Practices for Embodying Change in Your Congregation, Your Community, and Our World (Dan Rhodes & Tim Conder)
  • Winter 2016 - Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities (Rebecca Solnit)
  • Advent 2016 - selections from Blessed One: Protestant Perspectives on Mary
  • Fall 2016 - Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Matthew Desmond)
  • Summer 2016 - selected short fiction from Drinking Coffee Elsewhere (ZZ Packer), Everything That Rises Must Converge (Flannery O’Connor), and Woman Hollering Creek (Sandra Cisneros)
  • Spring 2016 - readings in liberation theology (e.g. Gustavo Gutierrez, Ernesto Cardenal, Óscar Romero, Ivone Gebara, Daniel Berrigan, Robert Allen Warrior, James Cone)
  • Winter 2016 - selected essays by Wendell Berry; The Long Loneliness: The Autobiography of Dorothy Day (Dorothy Day)
  • Fall 2015 - Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehesi Coates); The Fire Next Time (James Baldwin)
  • Summer 2015 - A Good Man Is Hard to Find (Flannery O’Connor)

Dinner group

Many Thursday evenings, a group of people head to $3 dinners at the Durham Co-op Market. If you are interested in coming along, contact Zach Hutchinson for more information.

EWay social

EWay Social is a Google group for inviting others to social events and sharing community life. To subscribe, contact Molly Brummett Wudel. To send a social invitation, request, or suggestion to the group, send an email to

volunteer opportunities

Volunteer with Kids | Volunteers enjoy connecting with and caring for our children. If you are interested in spending some time with our babies and toddlers (0-2), preschool children (3-5), or elementary-school-aged kids (5-10), contact our Kids Coordinator Kaleb Naegeli to get involved.

Volunteer as a Host | Volunteers welcome people into our gathering, and do some light cleanup after the service. Contact Molly Brummett Wudel to join this team.

Volunteer on the Sound Set Up Team | Volunteers help set up and take down our sound equipment each week. No previous experience necessary! Contact Ben Haas to join this team.