Confirmation: The
More Things Change...

By Jack Connolly, Youth Pastor

Posted on June 10, 2015

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Well, it popped into my head while I was thinking about Confirmation today. But I don’t actually think it applies. I think it would have to be something like this: “The more things change, the greater opportunity there is to go back to the basics.”

2015 is an interesting time to consider the idea of Confirmation. As I look around the fishbowl (our affectionate nickname for the Leadership Lounge on the lower level where we hold confirmation prep) I see 13 intelligent young people. Among them we would find absolute consensus about many things which would have dwelled firmly in the realm of mystery or science fiction a few generations ago. DNA, the big bang, plate tectonics, global warming… and if anyone needed convincing we could pull out the tiny computers we carry around in our pockets to confirm the information.

But when it comes to faith, where we might have found consensus a generation or two ago, we are much more likely to find 13 different opinions. At first this might seem like a rather dizzying complication with regard to Confirmation.

Indeed, when we began our sessions in January I think we might only have gotten as far in the Apostles’ Creed as “I believe in God” before fracturing into our different variations. But I would argue that starting with the first line of the Apostle’s Creed is far more exciting than the prospect of starting with a set of familiar assumptions about one another.

The journey from “I believe in God” to “Amen” is the journey of a lifetime. And how blessed are we that these young people are affirming their commitment to journey with us? How cool is it that on June 21 they will stand before us and ask us to witness and support them in their faith?

Confirmation in the Anglican Communion isn’t about consensus as much as it is about community. And based on what I know about these confirmands, what a brilliant, thoughtful and faithful community it will continue to be!

I’m pretty sure I could get consensus on this. Can I hear an Amen?