Fabulous youth finding livable faith

Queer Confirmation deepens relationships with God, peers, and facilitators through curated topics, questions explored in small groups, skills that build resilience, and rituals that buoy young people up in the affirming love of God

What is Queer Confirmation?

The Queer Confirmation curriculum (QC) is a 1-year (24 sessions), synchronous, online curriculum for LGBTQIA+ teens accompanied by a safe adult (parents/religious leader). It aims to deepen relationships with God, peers, and facilitators through curated topics, questions explored in mentored small groups, skills that build resilience amidst specific challenges in the lives of Queer Christian youth, and rituals that buoy young people up in the affirming love of God. 

Who is Queer Confirmation for?

Queer confirmation is for queer youth in the ELCA that are confirmation-age and an accompanying safe adult (parent or religious leader). 

Right now, Queer confirmation is gearing up for its beta-testing group, which will begin in September of 2024.  We have space for 28 youth and their accompanying safe adult. We welcome folks from across the nation to participate in this beta-testing group, which will occur synchronously on Zoom. Participants in the beta-testing group will receive this incredible curriculum in its entirety while also providing feedback through surveys and discussions to help form and reform the curriculum for those who will come after them – a true value of Queer community. 

Co-Creators

Rev. Dr. Jan Schnell (she/her) and Seminarian Kathryn Thompson (she/they) are the co-creators of Queer Confirmation. Together, Jan and Kathryn are personally motivated and professionally equipped, established, and connected across multiple stakeholder communities.

What does Queer Confirmation look like?

Queer confirmation is a curriculum that includes two 12-week sessions for a total of 24 sessions.  The curriculum spans most of the “Lutheran year” of a typical confirmation curriculum, while also providing an array of topics that are important for queer and ally youth.

Each session is built around the pillars of community and learning and includes the following:

  • Welcome “wing” of community building
  • Confirmation lesson
  • Small group processing/discussion/activity
  • Coaching/skill-building
  • Christian Ritual
  • Closing “wing” of community building and processing

Unit 1

Covenant
Creation
10 Commandments
Community/Family
Apostles Creed
Bodies
Confession/Forgiveness
Faith/Trust
Reformation
Law/Gospel
Queer Bible
Grace

Unit 2

Baptism
Transformation
Prayer
Greatest Commandments
Paul
Being Lutheran
Living Word
Suffering
Communion
Power of Promises
Vocation
Liberation

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