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.


Emmaus Way's community life thrives in small , intentional gatherings generated and hosted by our co-ministers. Some are more short-term groups formed around a specific book, topic, or seasonal practice. Some are longer-term groups who commit to meet for spiritual formation and friendship on an ongoing basis. You'll find more information about our currently meeting home groups 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 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 |

pub group

Thursdays | 8:30 PM | The Federal, 914 Main Street

Pub Group is a reading and discussion space that 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 past topics below.

Socially, pub group is an open-ended, come-as-you-are space with several ways to engage. Each Thursday's conversation starts with a reading sent to our Pub Group listserv on Monday or Tuesday. Some of the several dozen folks on that list are Thursday regulars, some drop by once in a while, and still others follow along remotely. So feel free to come every week or just come when you can! For more info, or to join  the Pub Group listserv, contact Ben Haas. 

Recent Readings: 

  • Fall 2019: This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made The Civil Rights Movement Possible (Charles E. Cobb Jr.)
  • Summer 2019: Selections from Can I Get a Witness?: 13 Agitators for Faith & Justice and The Long Weeping: Portrait Essays (Jessie Van Eerden)
  • Spring 2019: Educated: A Memoir (Tara Westover)
  • Winter 2019: Slow Burn Podcast (Season 2): The Impeachment of Bill Clinton
  • Fall 2018: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Bryan Stevenson)
  • Summer 2018 - Selected Fiction: We Are Taking Only What We Need (Stephanie Powell Watts); Interpreter of Maladies (Jhumpa Lahiri); Parable of the Sower (Octavia Butler)
  • 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)

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 Rhody Mastin 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.