Of all my files, book collections, workshop presentations, and webinars, the topic that far exceeds any other subject is that of confirmation – the preparation, the history, the resources, and the rite itself. I’ve written on it and testified about it at the Episcopal Church’s triennial General Convention (too many times to count). A dream of mine has always been to have a single place to share all that I have gathered along with the ideas and suggestions of others from around the Episcopal Church.
Now it exists! With the formation of the Confirmation Collaborative in the spring of 2019 (read about our initial gathering and press release) one of our goals was to create such a site. Thanks to the generosity of the Baptized for Life project overseen by friend and colleague Lisa Kimball (the Associate Dean of Lifelong Learning and the James Maxwell Professor of Lifelong Christian Formation at Virginia Theological Seminary), there is now a “confirmation tab”with multiple pages jam-packed with resources, infographics, and best practices for “all things confirmation” in the Episcopal Church. It is only fitting that the topic of confirmation be tied to its roots in baptism on the web as well as in real life.
- Looking for best practices in confirmation preparation? We’ve got that.
- Looking for answers to your frequently asked questions (FAQs) about confirmation? We’ve got that.
- Looking for information about what The Confirmation Project learned during it’s five-year study, especially as it relates to the Episcopal Church? We’ve got that.
- Wondering what General Convention and the Canons of the Episcopal Church actually say about confirmation? We’ve got that!
- Got any question? Most likely we’ve got that too!
There are five “pages” on the site regarding confirmation, all under the heading “confirmation” across Baptized for Life’s main website page. Don’t forget to check out the main page for each topic, plus the dropdown menu that will take you to sub-headings:
- Intro to Confirmation where you’ll find FAQs, a video of the history of Confirmation, the difference between confirmation and reception, and more about the Confirmation Collaborative
- The Confirmation Project which includes articles, key learnings, what today’s confirmation class looks like according to the study, and a video of how we might rethink confirmation for today’s youth and world.
- Best Practices offers profiles of churches and dioceses that exemplify good practices, everything you need to know about engaging mentors with your confirmands, how diocese and camp connections are important, why service and mission are essential components, and how confirmation preparation can be formative for all involved.
- Confirmation Resources offers information about youth development, a comprehensive listing with links (including an annotated bibliography) of curriculum, books, leadership resources, prayer ideas, videos, and websites to support your programming.
- Lastly, Episcopal Voices is a place to hear the thoughts of others: bishops, youth, clergy, and lay leaders. Recent articles are included and in the future we will offer a place to share your ideas and ask questions. This section will continue to expand and grow.
Each section includes video that you can share with parents and/or youth as well downloadable articles and ideas for you to implement in your context. We welcome your comments, suggestions, and input. Join the collaboration!