Confirmation Collaborative of the Episcopal Church issues statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Curtis Prather 
Tel: (703) 461-1782 
Email: cprather@vts.edu

(Alexandria, VA) - “Confirmation is the claiming of our baptism; an invitation to a life of deeper discipleship lived in community,” states the newly formed Confirmation Collaborative of the Episcopal Church. Co-sponsored by Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) and Church Publishing Incorporated.

On March 4 and 5 this diverse group of Christian formation leaders representing all orders of ministry reviewed the research and findings of The Confirmation Project, a “Christian Youth: Learning and Living the Faith” grant provided by Lilly Endowment Inc. This five-year project, of which the Episcopal Church was one of five Protestant denominations in North America, sought to learn the extent to which confirmation and equivalent practices are effective for strengthening discipleship in youth.  

Grounded in research and historic practice, the Confirmation Collaborative passionately understands that when confirmation preparation is done intentionally and well on the local and diocesan level as baptismal affirmation, it has an impact on the spiritual lives of youth as part of a lifelong call to discipleship. 

"We believe, and the research confirms, that confirmation is the claiming of baptism and an invitation to a life of deeper discipleship lived in community," said Lisa Kimball, Ph.D., associate dean for Lifelong Learning.  "The Collaborative will be sharing resources, best practices, rites of passage liturgies, and models for baptismal affirmation in partnership with the Seminary's Baptized for Life initiative, funded through a grant provided by Lilly Endowment Inc."

These will include the importance of intergenerational and community involvement in confirmation preparation, examples of good practice and strategies that are effective in helping young Christians grow as disciples of Jesus Christ, and how to recognize that confirmation in the Episcopal Church is a pastoral and theological time for affirmation of one’s baptism. 

To join the conversation with the Confirmation Collaborative please contact Lisa Kimball lkimball@vts.edu or Sharon Ely Pearson

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