Saturday, August 02, 2008

Confirmation Service Learning

Let's say you were planning a spring 2009 confirmation program with a focus on experiencing and living the life of discipleship. What does it mean to follow Jesus? We would try to practice what we promise during the confirmation liturgy, specifically practical examples of working to serve all people, following the example of Jesus Christ, and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth.

If you were planning such a program, what events, guest speakers, trips, hand outs, movies, books, resources, etc., would you include? Think as widely as you would like. I've brainstormed the following so far:

Serving at a soup kitchen, preparing care packages for college youth, guest presenters from Lutheran Social Service and Lutheran Refugee Service ministry sites, volunteering with disaster relief, visiting area ministries that work for justice and peace, assembling health and hospice kits, visiting area nursing homes, learning about multicultural ministries and other religious traditions, handing out a packet with information about relief services, and especially services for kids, in the area. Maybe a packet with information about our major peace and justice organizations, like LOGA, LWR, global missions, LDR, LIRS, etc.

What have I left out? What would you want your own child to learn in such a program? What would you want to teach or do?

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