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 |

  • Home group #3

    When: We meet on the second and fourth Fridays

    Where: South Durham

    What To Expect: Anyone who self-identifies as a young adult is welcome. We play games, check in with what's going on in each of our lives, and discuss questions of life and faith.  

    Contact: Becca Lamb |

pub group

Thursdays 8:30 PM | meeting on zoom, for now

Pub Group is a reading and discussion space that centers on weekly readings sent out to a common 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 open-ended and come-as-you-are, 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 listserv, contact Rebecca Hewitt-Newson. 

Recent Readings: 

  • Winter 2022: The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race (Willie James Jennings)
  • Fall 2021: How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy (Jenny Odell)
  • Spring 2021: Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation (Kristin Kobez Du Mez)
  • Winter 2021: World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and other Astonishments (Aimee Nezhukumatathil) 
  • Fall 2020: Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and its Urgent Lessons for our Own (Eddie Glaude, Jr.)
  • Winter 2020: Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion (Jia Tolentino)
  • 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)

EWay Social

Eway Social is a Google Group for inviting others to social events and sharing community life. If something interesting is happening in the Emmaus Way community, chances are you'll hear about it on "the Social." 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 (0-3), preschool children (4-6), elementary-school-aged kids (7-11), or middle-school aged kids (12-13) contact Elizabeth Efird to get involved.

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

Volunteer with the Meals Team | Volunteers help prepare, set up, and clean up for our community meal every six weeks to kick of our Sunday gathering. Contact Vance Kite to get involved. 

Volunteer as a Season Curator | Volunteers, alongside staff team, generate themes and curate ideas for what a particular season during the Sunday evening gathering might hold for Emmaus Way. They help brainstorm everything from Adult Offerings in the first half to texts used in the second half to how music, arts, justice, and communal dialogue fit in. If this sounds interesting to you, contact Molly Brummett Wudel. 

Volunteer with the Prayer/Art Stations Team | Volunteers generate different prayer and art stations for the community every six weeks as a reflective way to end each season. If you have interest in generating ideas for stations or helping set up and tear down stations, contact Marie Curran or Amanda Haas.