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Saturday, November 7 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
C 3.07

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Re-Imagining Youth Confirmation
Lisa Kimball (Virginia Theological Seminary)
Terri L. Elton (Luther Seminary)

Colloquium. [Notes] What is the meaning and purpose of confirmation as church affiliation in North America declines? What does confirmation offer to meet the spiritual hunger of contemporary teenagers? What can be learned from vibrant programs to help young people grow in their faith? The Confirmation Project, funded by the Lilly Endowment, studied confirmation and equivalent practices in five denominations that practice infant baptism. With findings from this national study, we will reimagine confirmation as a vital, transformative process, noting the role of mentoring, youth agency, and congregational climate.

Betwixt and Between: Imagining the Gifts of Middle School Christian Education
Mary Carter-Waren (St. Thomas University)
Bryan Allen Demeritte (St. Thomas University)

Colloquium. [Notes] Religious education for middle school learners, betwixt and between early childhood and adolescence, has become a concern for religious educators and congregations. Many young people find it something to endure so they can “graduate” (sometimes permanently) from religious education and, often, from the church itself. How might we re-imagine this? This colloquy will suggest re-imaging middle school religious education using the insights of gifted middle school education as expressed by the Parallel Curriculum Model. Practical insights for teacher training/curricular planning will be offered.


Mary Carter-Waren

Faculty, St. Thomas University

Bryan Demeritte

Adjunct Professor, Saint Thomas University

Terri Martinson Elton

Associate Professor of Leadership, Luther Seminary
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Lisa Kimball

Professor, Virginia Theological Seminary
My teaching and research focus on equipping church leaders to nurture faith lifelong and life-wide, paying particular attention to daily practices that reveal the mystery of God, build resilience, and form just communities.

Saturday November 7, 2015 2:15pm - 3:30pm EST
Dahlonega (Conference Center)

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