Canterbury Confirmation Ecumenical Visits

We are excited to announce our four Ecumenical visits for this year's confirmation class!  We know that that the world around us is changing rapidly and in order to better know our own faith we must know the faiths of others.  These are 4 visits designed for the students and parents to be able to have an actual lesson from a leader of another faith on their faith and for our students and parents to be able to ask questions of that leader.  We believe that we will discover things we have in common and things that distinguish us from each other.  One of the things that makes these visits unique for our confirmation process is that at least one parent is required to come with the student to the visit.  We want this to be a family experience so that the whole family can then learn and discuss together!  While these visits are not a required part of confirmation they are a highly encouraged activity that we believe will enhance and strengthen your child's faith.  

2016-2017 Ecumenical Visits

Each visit will begin at the scheduled time noted below.  We ask that families please be at the church, synagogue or mosque at least 10 minutes before the noted start time.  We will enter in together as a class and meet with the respective religious leader.  Google Map links are below each visit for driving directions. If you have any questions please let us know!  Thanks!

  • Roman Catholic- October 15, 2016 at 5:00

    The Catholic Church, also known as the Roman Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with more than 1.27 billion members worldwide. The Roman Catholic Church traces its history to Jesus Christ and the Apostles. Over the course of centuries it developed a highly sophisticated theology and an elaborate organizational structure headed by the papacy, the oldest continuing absolute monarchy in the world.

    Directions to St. Paul's Birmingham

  • Judaism- November 15 at 4:00

    Judaism is an ancient monotheistic religion, with the Torah as its foundational text (part of the larger text known as the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible), and supplemental oral tradition represented by later texts such as the Midrash and the Talmud. Today over 14 Million people identify themselves as Jewish.

    Directions to Temple Emanu-El

  • Islam- January 29, 2017 at 4:00

    Islam is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion articulated by the Quran originated from Arabian Peninsula and found most notably in Greater Middle East & some of its surrounding areas.  Islam is the second-largest religion in the world and one of the fastest-growing religions, with about 2.2 billion Muslims

    Directions to Hoover Crescent Islamic Center

    We will join together after at 5 to drive over to the Krispy Kreme on Hwy 31 in Hoover for Donuts and Discussion.  Please remember that students are to be brought by their parents and we ask that the parents stay and join us for donuts after.  Thanks!

  • Greek Orthodox- April 30, 2017 at 12:30

    The Greek Orthodox churches are descended from churches which the Apostles founded in the Balkans and the Middle East during the first century A.D.,and they maintain many traditions practiced in the ancient Church.  Orthodox Churches, unlike the Catholic Church, have no head, such as a Pope, and hold the belief that Christ is the head of the Church.  There are around 24 Million people who identify themselves as Greek Orthodox. 

    Directions to Holy Trinity/Holy Cross Church