Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Theologies of Confirmation for the 21st Century

Sharon Ely Pearson

May/2014, 176 Pages, PAPER, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9780819228918



• An all-in-one volume sharing the history, practice, and viewpoints of Confirmation in the Episcopal Church and the first book on the subject for at least 15 years

• Resolutions regarding Confirmation are coming to the 2015 General Convention

• Includes questions for reflection and study by individuals and groups

Many clergy and educators would say that the rite of Confirmation in the Episcopal Church today is a sacrament in search of a meaning. Some believe Confirmation is an essential rite of passage for adult leadership in the governance of the church. Some believe it is a rite that no longer has a place in the life of the church, understanding the importance that Baptism now holds in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer’s ecclesiology. Following a history of how the rite of Confirmation came about and its implications for youth and adults in the church today, voices in the Episcopal Church (bishops, liturgical scholars, confirmation leaders, and youth themselves) offer fresh viewpoints here in a
conversational format to engage the reader.

AUDIENCE: For bishops, priests, deacons, seminarians, youth leaders, Christian educators, parents. 

SHARON ELY PEARSON is a Christian educator, editor, and author with 35+ years of experience in Christian formation on the local, judicatory, and church-wide level. Known for her knowledge of published curricula across the church, she has written or edited numerous books. She is a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary and a lifelong Episcopalian. She lives in Norwalk, Connecticut.

I commend to you Signed, Sealed, Delivered so that you might broaden your understanding of and contemplate your own journey in Baptism. Clearly the Spirit is stirring Episcopalians in new directions and this book will certainly help us engage this forward movement as it takes up the who, why, when, where, and how of Confirmation.
-- Bronwyn Clark Skov, Missioner for Youth Ministries for The Episcopal Church

This useful book offers thoughtful, provocative essays that should stimulate a deeper conversation in the church about the rite of confirmation and appropriate preparation for it. It is important reading for anyone interested in confirmation.
-- The Rev. Canon James F. Turrell, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Mills Professor of Divinity, School of Theology, University of the South

This should be on the shelf of every person in the church who is connected with Confirmation programs.
-- Randall Curtis, Ministry Developer for Youth and Young Adults, Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas and President of Forma

Signed, Sealed and Delivered resists offering one simple solution to the puzzle, but intends to promote an exciting and deeper conversation across the Church, encouraging us all to consider Confirmation, Baptism, and the overriding question of Christian formation and mature faith in richer, deeper and more significant ways for the sake of Christ and Christ’s Church.
-- The Rt. Rev. William H. (Chip) Stokes, Bishop of New Jersey

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