Before the pandemic hit, Tristan and Kiara met with me or Intern Mark Fraley, or both of us for an hour or so after church to go through a curriculum for Confirmation that is the rite of passage for young people often around their early teens to review and question our understanding of the faith tradition and then, as they choose, to affirm their faith before the congregation and have a big celebration afterward. During the pandemic we decided to postpone confirmation meetings till we can get together. Now there’s just a big review, bread-baking with me, and a session with male mentors of the congregation before the big day, which we are working on scheduling.
I cannot overemphasize how important these young men are to our congregation. Tristan (over the years, leading worship) and Kiara (asked to be baptized and then got all four of his siblings baptized too.) Shepherd and Joseph in the Christmas program, helped with the bees. They are beloved by the congregation and to my mind their future should be bright, bright, bright. That’s why I’ve titled today’s podcast “Young, Gifted, and Black.”