What do you believe?
What difference does it make?
These are the questions we’ve been preparing for the past year to answer with the Confirmation Class of 2018. On May 20, you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of this wonderful group of 8th and 9th graders who have been gathering to explore their faith. I have been truly blessed to share in their journey.
How would you answer these questions? When studying the segment on “creeds”, we learned that the Church often developed creeds in the face of crises. The creeds were a response to challenges that the Church felt could be addressed by a clarifying statement of faith. When reading a creed, you can often discern the crisis by looking at what parts of the creed jump out as predominant. The early creeds (Apostle and Nicene) were written to clarify the Church’s understanding of Jesus. More contemporary creeds often address the role of the Church and how it relates to the World.
Faith comes when we live in to what we believe. A crisis in faith comes when either:
1) We are unclear of what we believe; or
2) Our beliefs do not address the challenges in our life.
The challenges faced by this confirmation class may be a bit different than the challenges you faced when you were their age. Many of our young people have lost hope that the beliefs of the Church can address the challenges of today. Often, they are not even sure the Church understands the challenges they face. I am not ready to throw in the towel. We’ve done a lot of listening this past year. We’ve done our share of exploring. We don’t ask “if” our beliefs address the challenges, but rather “how” our beliefs engage today’s question. We don’t pretend to have all the answers, but we do continue to ask the questions.
Join us in worship on May 20 as we celebrate the decisions this group of young people will choose to confirm.
And maybe spend a little time asking yourself the questions above in preparation for that Sunday!