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Confirmation: Hope for a Lost Sacrament?

When young people feel seen and heard, their faith readiness becomes apparent. Valued, confirmands become engaged in authentic community where deep examination of belief and practice matter. Such a dynamic climate sustains a confirmation program, strengthens the host congregation, and retains youth after they are confirmed. The data shows that teenagers are already motivated to participate.

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Communal Collages

This communal art project invites participants to contemplate where their work fits in a larger picture. Using recycled materials, this is a perfect project for youth meetings or retreats.

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Conversations about Consent with Youth and Young Adults

We believe that God has given us free will. Faith leaders should encourage conversations that recognize consent and routinely encourage autonomy of choice. Long-time youth minister Heidi Carter offers suggestions for how to hold these conversations with youth and young adults.

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5 Ways to Support LGBTQ+ Youth in Your Church

Despite the immediacy of problems facing LGBTQ+ youth, it is sometimes difficult to change how a congregation sees the needs of its young people. Here are five ways to begin changing your worship community to better support LGBTQ+ youth.

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Emoji Theology With Teens

“Our students spent a full half-hour focused on interpreting and communicating the ideas we discussed in Confirmation Class through emojis and had a ton of

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