In 1988, a small group of people from the Boerne community approached the leadership of the Boerne First United Methodist Church (FUMC) and sought their support in forming an Emmaus Fourth Day Group (FDG). Although Emmaus is a lay-led ministry, a partnership with the church was necessary in order to ensure that a Spiritual Director and other clergy would willingly serve the ministry alongside the lay leaders. Boerne FUMC gladly accepted the request for support, and together petitioned the Southwest Texas Emmaus Community for approval to begin operations. That approval was granted and we signed a Covenant with the Community to begin our Emmaus ministry that summer. The name BOeRNe Again Emmaus was symbolically selected.
Our first Walk to Emmaus began on September 22, 1988 with Patsy Braune serving as Lay Director and Pastor Shirley Hill as Spiritual Director. It was Walk Number 83B in the Southwest Texas Community. A men's Walk followed one year later with Warren McKinney serving as Lay Director and Pastor David McNitzky as Spiritual Director. It was Southwest Texas Walk Number 125. Since that time, the Boerne FDG has held 51 additional Walks, 25 for the women, and 26 for the men.
In 2016, after 29 years of operations as a FDG, BOeRNe Again was given an opportunity to transition to become an Emmaus Community unto itself. Without hesitation, the Board of Directors approved this action and on June 2, 2016, The Upper Room welcomed the newly formed Born Again Emmaus Community with open arms. Since our first Walk as a Community will actually be the 54th in our history, Born Again Women's Walk 54 was held in September, 2016.