Koinonia is patterned after the Catholic Cursillo that began in Majorca, Spain in the 1930’s. Koinonia came to Montana in July of 1982, thanks to the hard work and enthusiasm of a great many dedicated Koinonian’s in Colorado and a few Montana’s who had experienced Koinonia in Colorado. This is referred to as the Colorado Connection. The Koinonia Weekend is slightly modified from the Cursillo weekend, but the same theme exists: “A short course in Christianity.”
The Koinonia Movement began in the Presbyterian Church and was started primarily so that men and women, married and single, could all participate on the same weekend. The first Koinonia took place in May of 1972 in Finlay, Ohio.
The Greek definition of Koinonia is “Gathering” or “Fellowship” or a “Christian Gathering”.
In April of 1986 Koinonia of Montana members helped to spread the joy of Koinonia to Washington creating the Montana-Washington connection.