Listen, I'm just wanting to check around and see what people are doing with Confirmation these days... that proverbial rite in search of a theology. In my own context - www.stbenedictstable.ca - we practice open table, but do put real emphasis on baptism. I could rehearse some of what informs that; I've done so in a little book we've published on this topic. I'm going to assume that many of you have also come to a place of seeing participation in communion as being, at least for some people, their point of entry into the Body and something that happens prior to baptismal incorporation. Is that a fair assumption?
So I preach baptism, we proclaim a thoroughgoing theology of the Body of Christ, we celebrate our life in Christ through the shared bread and wine... and the place is full of young Mennonites and Baptists and other evangelicals who are finding a place within the great sacramental and liturgical tradition.
And then my bishop asks when we're going to have some confirmations, which always sounds like "when are you going to make Anglicans out of them?"
Yet what does confirmation "add"? Other than marking one within a particular institutional tradition, does it "do" anything that hasn't already happened in baptism, particularly given that our baptisms are almost all of adults? For anyone who is in a community that is finding resonance with the same kind of folks we are - and particularly if you're practicing open table balanced out with a strong baptismal theology - what sense are you making of confirmation?