Lecture-style confirmation preparation is not effective in the 21st century. Experiential learning and creative avenues that allow youth to try-on new practices, meet new people, talk about their faith, and integrate faith in daily life are essential. Here is a sample of best practices:
- “Harry Potter and Confirmation” by Patricia Lyons. A great reflection about our world today in terms of how important faith formation and the impact confirmation could and should have on young people – from a Harry Potter viewpoint!
- “The Great Thanksgiving Listen” is a great activity for youth and mentors – or youth going to a family Thanksgiving gathering.
- “6 Fresh Ways to Teach Liturgy with Teens” by Kristin Saylor. An interesting post about engaging youth in liturgy, especially during Confirmation preparation. “https://buildfaith.org/one-day-youth-confirmation-retreat/” by Kari Robinson
- Youth Activism from Search Institute. “When adults support young people as they organize to create social change, they are sharing power, one of the five elements of a developmental relationship.”
- “Breaking The Chains: A Confirmation Lesson On Forgiveness” by Keith Anderson
- “Burning Palms To Ashes With The Confirmation Class” by Beth A. Richardson
- Our New Confirmation Class: “Create Dignity” by Stephen Rozelle
- Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church, Alexandria, VA: “Carpe Sacramentum! Parish-Wide Formation For Confirmation, Reception, And Renewal Of Vows” by Lisa Kimball
- “Minecraft Catechism” by Clint Schnekloth (this article is from The Christian Century, so may need a subscription to access)