In parallel with the work of the Confirmation Project here in the United States, a major international research project on confirmation work has been conducted in nine European countries, including Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland. On May 3-5, 2017, representatives and researchers from the different countries will come together to present their results at an international and ecumenical conference in Erfurt, Germany, titled “Confirmation Work in Ecumenical and International Perspectives: Research Results and Practical Innovations.” Three of our Confirmation Project researchers, Katie Douglass, Rick Osmer, and Kate Obermueller-Unruh, will present our Confirmation Project research findings there.
Results and new insights will be presented and discussed and practical consequences will be developed in dialogue between theory and practice, academic research and church leadership, practitioners and other specialists.
The conference will take place in the Augustinerkloster, The Protestant Monastery of St. Augustine in Erfurt.
Rick Osmer will present “Results from the US–Project on Confirmation Work,” Katie Douglass and Rick will conduct a workshop, “Confirmation Work and Congregations,” and Kate Obermueller-Unruh will conduct the workshop, “Confirmation Work in the United Methodist Church,” all on Thursday, May 4. Rick will also participate in a panel on Friday, May 5, “Looking Back – Looking Ahead: Reflections on International Research on Confirmation Work.”
You can also learn more about the European confirmation research project here.