Our Confirmation class welcomed a group of 8th graders from the Jewish temple down the street yesterday. Before they arrived I spent about 10 minutes with our students discussing interfaith dialogue–why it matters for Confirmation and for church generally. Lots of nods. Yes, yes, we understand. I’m good at this.
Once our guests arrived we all crammed into a room and did several minutes of get-to-know-you icebreaker activities. That left about 20 minutes to present briefly about Presbyterian Christianity and our congregation’s history before entertaining a few questions, some of which I directed to our students. Because, you know, I’m good at this.
Here’s the best moment. An 8th grader responds to a question about prayer by asserting that Christians to pray to God as “Spirit,” too. I jumped in to expand on her answer. Christian faith trusts in God who is One, but three persons: Father, Son (that’s Jesus), and Holy Spirit. I’m so good at this.
Then a guest from the temple says to no one in particular but loud enough for all of us to hear, “Wait, Jesus is God?”
I look pleadingly to the leaders of the temple group and joke, “I’ve done it now, haven’t I?” Heh. Heh.
I don’t think they think I’m very good at this.