Starting this Wednesday, Pastor Walt will be teaching Confirmation students about the evils of anti-Semitism, and the role of Christians in the Holocaust. Although Christianity did not cause the Holocaust - the systematic killing of 6 million Jews by the Nazis - for centuries, Christians perpetrated a hatred for Jews that provided the context for the Shoah. All too few Christians took a stand against the Holocaust as it was happening. Studying this horror, allows for us to ask deep questions as to what lies at the heart of our Christian faith. We will also look at the role that Jesus calls us to play in making sure that hatred is not allowed to dominate in such a way ever again.
The rise of anti-Semitism in Minnesota and in our country today is cause for critical examination, reflection, and attention. As Christians, we need to find our identity in Jesus’ command to love God (who created all people in God’s Image) and our neighbor regardless of their religious beliefs. Our young people need to have these conversations so as to be able to recognize and respond to all forms of hatred and bias.
Confirmation instruction is for youth in grades 6,7,8 (and 9th who started in 7th grade). It occurs on most Wednesdays throughout the year. For more information and a schedule (click here).