Beloved Community Confirmation

Typically hosted close to All Saints Day at an East Bay location, Beloved Community Confirmation is a creative, musical, and multilingual liturgical service of general Confirmation, celebrating the diocesan Beloved Community and the gifts and challenges of living in a diverse community. St. James/Santiago, Oakland was the host of the most recent Beloved Community Confirmation on Saturday, November 7. In a vibrant bilingual and musical service, more than thirty people were welcomed into deeper relationship with the God and the Episcopal Church through rites of Baptism, Confirmation, and Renewal of Baptismal Vows. Confirmands came from St. James in Oakland, La Santisima Trinidad in Richmond, All Souls, Berkeley, and St. Bartholomew’s, Livermore. 

In a conversation with the confirmands before the ceremony, Bishop Marc highlighted how Confirmation, much like Baptism, represents dying to old ideas and ways of being and the beginning. He continued, “Confirmation is like a seed that is planted…and with nurturing in can grow into a new life.” As part of the days’ celebration, confirmands gave expression to this new life through their service project in support of Braid Mission. Braid is a mission of the Diocese of California, providing mentoring and support for children in the foster system. Confirmands, their sponsors, and friends were invited to write a Christmas card to a foster child living in a group home, and the offering collected during the service was donated to Braid Mission. 

Both dressed in bright white, Angela, 10, and Julio, 9, of St. James Oakland were very excited for the service.